Pressure Drop A Drop On You

Pressure Drop, by Toots And The Maytals, is one of the great reggae songs, and was covered in brilliant rock reggae style by The Clash (b-side to the English Civil War single). Neither are the version posted here on this Bank Holiday Monday evening- this version of Pressure Drop is by The Specials, and before you scratch your heads and go checking your original Two Tone vinyl album tracklists, this wasn’t done by a version containing either Terry Hall or Jerry Dammers. In 1996 a rump version of The Specials led by Neville Staple, and joined by Lynval Golding, Roddy Byers, Horace Panter and a host of other folk released an album called Today’s Specials. Neville Staple has carried on gigging and recording throughout the 80s and 90s, and was always including Specials and covers songs in his sets. So the recent reformation (albeit without Jerry) wasn’t the first time the band had reformed, or partially reformed. Anyway to get to the point, they covered Pressure Drop, and while it’s not as gloriously ragged as either the Toots or Clash covers, it’s good and sounded great wafting around earlier, with this late summer sunshine we’ve enjoyed today.

Fun Boy Three ‘The Telephone Always Rings’

While driving around mid-Wales for the last few days this song popped up on the in-car entertainment system several times. Totally skewiff and off kilter pop music. I remember reading somewhere that Lynval Golding is the only man on earth who knows how to play it properly, and he isn’t telling anyone.
What Terry’s wearing in the above photo is anyone’s guess.

11 The Telephone Always Rings.mp3