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Imani
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Halfy wrote:
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In no order because it changes with mood:

Mirror In The Bathroom - The Beat
Got No Brains - Bad Manners
Drowning - The Beat
On My Radio - Selecter
Ghost Town - Specials
Embarrassment - Madness
Gangsters - Specials
Night Boat To Cairo - Madness
Too Much Too Young - Specials
Too Nice To Talk To - The Beat

A 'b' sides list would be good.


Weren't the majority of the 2 Tone releases double 'A's?
Also most of if not all of UB40's 1980 & 1981 releases were too.
Was this a conscious decision by the label and bands to give the record buying public more bang for their buck or to encourage a stronger chart run?


Many of them were, come to think. In UB40's case, in an interview with Paul Gambaccini, they said they literally could never decide which was an A-side and which was a 'B'. I always saw it as a statement of a band being confident in having two strong new tunes rather than one.
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B-sides

Train to Skaville (extended) - Selecter
No Respect - Bad Manners
The Young and The Old - Madness
Nite Klub - Specials (I class it as a 'b' side, because it was never going to get airplay with the beer line)
Easter Island - Rico (very relaxing)
March of the Swivelheads - The Beat
Last Tango in Dub - Selecter (great title)
Mistakes - Madness
Psychedelic Rockers - The Beat
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I think of all the b-sides (by a band connected with 2-Tone before 86) the one that was the most pleasant surprise was 'Little Things' by The Colourfield. I loved hearing Terry Hall get the giggles in the middle of the song. I bought that record (Thinking of You) three and half decades ago when I was I was aged about 12 from Our Price. Almost all the singles that came my way came from jumble sales. But I remember occasionally buying new singles with my sister from Woolworths (we both paid 75p each) and you could also get old singles from the 50p box in some newsagents.
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I think of all the b-sides (by a band connected with 2-Tone before 86) the one that was the most pleasant surprise was 'Little Things' by The Colourfield. I loved hearing Terry Hall get the giggles in the middle of the song. I bought that record (Thinking of You) three and half decades ago when I was I was aged about 12 from Our Price. Almost all the singles that came my way came from jumble sales. But I remember occasionally buying new singles with my sister from Woolworths (we both paid 75p each) and you could also get old singles from the 50p box in some newsagents.


I bought that single too though I'm ashamed to say I don't remember playing the B side. I'll give it a spin as I could do with a giggle myself!

A bit off piste but the B side on Bob Marley's Jammin' gets my vote - 'Punky Reggae Party'.
I think it was written in homage to the Clash. Either a gig or an actual party he went to with them. Don't know if anybody can confirm or dispel that theory?
Cracking track though Very Happy
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Hope you like Terry's version of Little Things...
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=zL6uvdPskiY
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Somewhat influenced by certain songs been overplayed, here's mine from 10 to 1. It's funny but I never tire of "Ghost Town", it sounds just as interesting and fresh with every play almost 40 years on.

10) The Higsons - Run Me Down
9) The Specials - A Message to You, Rudy
Cool The Special AKA - Racist Friend
7) The Selecter - On My Radio
6) The Specials - Too Much Too Young
6) The Specials - Stereotype
5) The Selecter - Three Minute Hero
4) The Specials - Do Nothing
3) The Selecter - Missing Words
2) The Special AKA - Gangsters
1) The Specials - Ghost Town
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1. Ghost Town
2. Do Nothing
3. Psychedelic Rockers
4. International Jet Set
5. Skinhead Symphony
6. Drowning
7. Which Side Of The Bed
8. Friday Night, Saturday Morning
9. Tomorrow's Just Another Day
10. Last Tango In Dub

I was tempted to put in House on Fire by The Boomtown Rats, but thought it might be a little TOO cheeky...
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wally wrote:
1. Ghost Town
2. Do Nothing
3. Psychedelic Rockers
4. International Jet Set
5. Skinhead Symphony
6. Drowning
7. Which Side Of The Bed
8. Friday Night, Saturday Morning
9. Tomorrow's Just Another Day
10. Last Tango In Dub

I was tempted to put in House on Fire by The Boomtown Rats, but thought it might be a little TOO cheeky...


Which Side Of The Bed is a favourite of mine. I like Hit It as well but as a song, definitely that one is more of an album track or 'b'side.

It's the b-sides and album tracks I tend to play most because the hits are so familiar by now.
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Harry wrote:
(Just out of interest) Was Maggie's Farm ever played on the radio when it was released and did they ever perform it on TV or live?


Definitely, I was telling my mate at school how good "Do Nothing" was. He waited all the way to number 4/5 or 6 on the Sunday Chart countdown, to hear it. They played Maggie's Farm.
He said it was shit Very Happy
Couldn't disagree with him.
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Hi Jukeska,
I've just listened again to Maggie's Farm. I think there are great bits in it but there's kind of too much going on. The little outro after they stop singing makes me think it might have been better as an instrumental. Or maybe they just needed to do one more take to get it perfect?
Over the years I've read about Bob Dylan singing the praises of Chrissie Hynde, Elvis Costello, Graham Parker, The Clash, and Ian Dury so I like to think he would have liked The Specials too.
Do Nothing is one of the best singles ever (not just on 2-Tone). I guess it would be impossible to have a song as good as that on the b-side
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