6th Jul, 2022

MUSIC MATTERS: Pete Chambers' latest Observer column

COVENTRY Music Museum has for three years asked its guests who visit to vote on the Wall of Hits.

The wall showcases the 40 top ten hits to come out of Coventry and Warwickshire (including the eight chart toppers ).

Each Sunday a new Coventry chart is compiled using the votes of the visitors. The chart is sponsored by musician Kelly Pettit.

It started as a bit of fun, but now many local radio stations do a rundown of our Coventry charts.

Local radio has always supported the chart as have the many local legends who visit the museum and 2-Tone Village.

Anyone who is on the wall is invited to do what we call a ‘pointy’, basically pointing at their particular hit record.

Some of the stars that have pointed include The Primitives, Lieutenant Pigeon, and Pauline Black, Gapps, Neol Davies, Aitch, Charley Anderson – all from The Selecter.

Jerry Dammers, Neville Staple, Roddy Radiation, Lynval Golding, Horace Panter all from The Specials. King, Tom Long from Pinkerton’s Colours and Panjabi MC.

To tie-in with the forthcoming Coventry music based production ‘Godiva Rocks’, The Belgrade Theatre revealed a top ten they had asked the public to vote for based on our charts. here’s how the public voted….

10. Gangsters-The Special AKA, 9. The JCB Song-Nizlopi, 8.Mouldy Old Dough-Lieutenant Pigeon, 7.Away From Here-The Enemy, 6. Crash-The Primitives, 5. Love & Pride-King, 4. Too Much, Too Young-Special AKA, 3.Will You-Hazel O’Connor, 2. A Message To You Rudy-The Specials, and number one was Ghost Town also The Specials.

I asked Jerry Dammers how he felt about Ghost Town being number one, he replied: “Thank you very much to everyone who voted for Ghost Town (as the best record to come from Coventry ) I really do appreciate that it means a lot to me. It’s a shame it had to come from the bad situation of unemployment all over the UK and let’s hope we don’t return to that situation again.”

Godiva Rocks by Alan Pollock, directed by Hamish Glen, is on at the Belgrade from October 7 to 21, tickets on sale now. This Saturday (September 9), the Belgrade is taking part in the Heritage Open Days, with a ‘Coventry Through The Decades’ theme. The music museum will be represented there, so come along to the Belgrade and say hello!

Competition Time

On Friday, September 22, The Original Rude Boy Neville Staple and his band will be appearing at The Assembly in Leamington Spa. Here is your chance to win a pair of tickets for what promises to be an outstanding gig.

So for a chance of winning, tell me the answer to this question. What was the name of the record label Neville set up in the 80s? Was it A.. Race Records, B.. Fun Boy Records, C.. Shack Records.. or D.. 3-Tone Sounds.

Send your entries to tencton@hotmail.com, subject: Neville Comp, by no later than September 14 (tickets must be collected from the Coventry Music Museum).

Tickets for Neville’s show are available at The Music Museum (with £1 on each one going to help the museum).

Tickets are also available at this link http://www.seetickets.com/event/neville-staple-band/the-assembly-leamington-spa/1130259


The Dekkertones

The very wonderful Dekkertones play The Coundon Club Coventry On Saturday September 23. They’ll be playing all your favourite reggae, ska, Trojan and lovers’ rock hits.

Tickets are £10 in advance or online here http://www.wegottickets.com/event/402965

For more ticket info tel 02476332038/07834386140

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