The Specials (1979).
A piece of Ska history.
By now the first 2 Tone Tour was just about to begin.
Madness, The Specials and The Selecter were about to undertake a nation-wide tour, which would see the bands play on the same bill with a rotating headline slot.
The tour began at Brighton’s Top Rank on 19th October 1979 and was, not surprisingly, a sell out. The slot on the tour gave ‘On May Radio’ a welcome boost and the band were scheduled to make their Top Of The Pops debut.
So on Thursday 8th November the band made their national TV debut and were joined on the same episode by The Specials performing ‘A Message To You, Rudy’ and Madness with ‘One Step Beyond’, leaving no one in any doubt that 2 Tone had well and truly arrived. ‘On My Radio’ went on to sell a total of almost 250,000 copies and made every play-list in the country, which is surprising as the song is a direct criticism of the radios indifference to new music.
Ultra rare Original 1979 Concert poster from The Top Rank in Birmingham featuring The Specials, Madness and The Selecter.