After we learn today of the death of Lemmy, yet another musician from my youth has passed away.
John Bradbury the drummer with Ska Band " The Specials " died yesterday age 62. The Specials where a unique band from Coventry who revived Ska music
in the UK. One of the bands on the famous " Two Tone " Label.
But for me and millions of us who were teenagers in the late '70's and '80's there were three bands that defined the era and were integral in shaping
our whole world viewpoint - The Clash, The Jam and The Specials.
The Specials expressed our everyday experiences in such a unique way.
And their music was brilliant.
Hearing about Brads passing fills me with a sadness that I can't really express.
Joe Strummer and Weller were the voice of millions of us, the true poets of a lost and vacant generation.
But The Specials were us, the ordinary, disaffected people who no-one gave a crap about.
But they were fun as well.
I'm lucky enough to have met three members of the original band and count one of them as a bit of a mate.
They were all special in their own ways....but Brad, along with Horace, were the forces that drove the music.
JB was a great drummer and a good man.
His passing, so soon after Rico's, is truly tragic.
I count the opening night of their 30 years reunion tour in Newcastle as one of the best live concerts I have ever been to and I've been to literally
Anyone interested in trying to understand what The Specials meant to us really should watch this video in its entirety, it catches The Specials at
their very best.
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