The Iconics [Mod / Ska Covers, 5 piece]
The Crown, Birmingham10 Mar 2014The Crown, Birmingham What a pleasure it was to play at The Crown in Birmingham Sunday at the pre-gig before Dave Wakeling's English Beat gig at the O2 Academy.What made it doubley special was that The Crown was a hang out for Dave in his youth. In fact, listen to the end of some versions of Tears of a Clown ... 'Tears of a Clown, Going down the Crown'.About The Crown, Dave told us, "... used to drink in Crown and great disco upstairs when the pogo was still fun, not just slamming...with help, they would fly towards the ceiling and get caught on the way down...then the skins came in! lol!Pernod nights on Tuesday, half price, f****d up staggering home".Sounds like a typical night out for us when we were kids as well!Dave is also an ambassador for the Specialized Project which raises money for the Teenage Cancer Trust. We collect at all our gigs, and we raised a cool £110 at this one.Anyway, we were also very lucky to have a visit from Roddy Byers from the Specials. It was fantastic to meet him for the first time.The gig itself was very well attended and the landlady was delighted. And I think we did a grand job in warming up the punters for Dave and his band. :-)
The Flamingo on The Pond, Watford16 Jan 2014The Flamingo on The Pond, Watford We had a great gig last weekend at The Flamingo on The Pond in Watford! We raised about £450 for Teenage Cancer Trust.Thanks to everyone who came along, and to Billy Brown who organised the event, and to the fantastic Zarrs!Hope to see you at our next gig, which is on Saturday 25th January 2014 at Royal Oak, Hampton - details on Lemonrock at:http://www.lemonrock.com/gig.php?id=309800Mike
How long will this resurgence of ska carry on?1 Mar 2012How long will this resurgence of ska carry on? We obviously love our ska, but it seems that many others do as well. When we play, we see a high percentage of 40-somethings who obviously lived through the 2nd wave ska era of Madness, The Specials, Band Manners et al. But we also see increasing interest from people in their early 20s.A few of us went to the recent Specials gig at Ally Pally. Yes, there were loads of sweaty guys in their 40s, but lots of youngster as well. At first I thought they were their kids, and indeed there was some of that. But there were also lots of groups of 20-somethings there, and no sign of their parents.Am I right? Is ska beginning to be picked up by the younger generation? My eldest son is 11 and he already loves it. Admittedly, he gets large doses of it on the car CD player and can't avoid it, but I now catch him watching vidoes of ska bands on YouTube.Result! :-) Kick out Justin Bieber and bring in The Specials!Join the campaign! Let's get the kids into ska.
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