The Thatcher Crisis Years

1980s politics blog from TV historian Tony McMahon

Neville Staple is still touring with The Neville Staple Band and I filmed this gig on my iPhone in Chelsea a while back. He puts on a great performance as you can see. Neville is not playing with The Specials anymore but treats you to all the classic songs. I worked with Mr Staple on his biography Original Rude Boy back in 2009.

That was the story of his struggle to make a name for himself through music. Neville always had a passion for ‘toasting’ and dancing that he took to the Locarno night club in Coventry throughout the 1970s. A place that was a magnet for the city’s youth. And a certain Pete Waterman was the DJ. The man who went on to mastermind a string of pop hits throughout the 1980s was a pioneering promoter of reggae and British black music in the 1970s.

Neville brought his street sensibility and Jamaican soul to The Specials. He also was a fizzing ball of energy during their gigs leaping off loudspeakers, the keyboards and even the Locarno’s balcony apparently!

One thought on “Neville Staple playing Gangsters!

  1. Agree on you! Epic point-of view

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