MUSIC MATTERS: The Specials' Neville Staple's knife plea in heartfelt new track - The Coventry Observer

13th Aug, 2022

MUSIC MATTERS: The Specials' Neville Staple's knife plea in heartfelt new track


As knife crime continues across the country and in our own city, a new song ‘Put Away Your Knives’ is released by The Neville Staple Band.

Already riding high in the Ska download charts, the song is a musically direct response follows the fatal stabbing, just 6 months ago, of Neville’s 21-year-old grandson, Fidel Glasgow.

Neville has said: “We are dedicating the song to my grandson Fidel and to everyone else out there who has been affected by violent crimes. It’s time we take back some control and teach the youth right from wrong, and the consequences of their actions.

“This song is highlighting the pain and the anger being inflicted on the families too. It asks the youths to just stop, think and put down the knives!”

The song is a collaboration with Dandy Livingstone, another legendary ska figure and originator of Rudy, A Message To You.

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The day The General came

Last Saturday, the man who created the 2-Tone phenomenon came back to Coventry to celebrate 40 years of 2-Tone.

Jerry Dammers was in town and opened the new display in the music museum, a mock-up of his old flat in Albany Road.

There is a well viewed BBC documentary that features the Specials at their height of fame at the flat. At one point Jerry shows them the ‘A & R’ department of 2-Tone Records, and empties a draw containing cassette tapes onto the floor.

So rather than cutting a tape we had him throwing the tapes onto the floor. He was impressed with the attention to detail, and went on to perform an amazing DJ set at Knights venue.

The new exhibition is now open to the public.

A-side: Are Your Dreams At Night 1985 Sizes Too Big?

Look out for an interesting new book that takes a fascinating look at the Rugby indie music scene with a focus on Spacemen 3.

Graham Holliday, a musician himself, has lovingly put together this detailed journey of a band that he describes as: ” Three teenagers began moulding early blues with feedback, one-chord drones, booming drums, smashing cymbals, gospel, Turkish Saz and two-note melodies. Natty Brooker, Pete Kember and Jason Pierce were Spacemen 3″.

He goes on to say: ” As a teenager growing up in Rugby in the 80s, I saw Spacemen 3 play in many pub backrooms. They were, and remain, an incredible band and over the years. Their reputation has spread far beyond those sticky floored, fag ash filled, grubby backrooms.

“Sometime in the early part of the 21st century, in a house in the south of France, I rediscovered a shoebox filled with photos, posters, tickets, flyers and cassettes from the mid-80s and I tipped the lot out onto the floor.

“In among the ephemera were the photographs and cassette recording from that gig on 3 August 1985, the earliest Spacemen 3 gig for which there was a recording and photographs.

“And I wondered: ‘where were all the people who were at the gig that night? And did they remember it too?”

If you remember then the book is available for just £8 at

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