Bodysnatcher Ska

One of the definitive aspects of the ska revival. and this was as obvious to twelve year olds as anyone, was the line ups consisted of black and white and men and women. Smartly dressed, short hair, accessible, fom the street- these were not hoary old, long haired, male rock stars. Dig the new breed.

The Bodysnatchers were formed in the wake of seeing The Specials, an all female group. many of the band were novices and, unable to play ska at the speed required, slowed it down to a rocksteady tempo. They released two singles on 2 Tone. Singer Rhoda Dakar later sang with The Special AKA and still tours today, playing ska. Let’s Do Rocksteady was their first single, a cover of a Dandy Livingstone tune.

Let’s Do Rocksteady

Please note- I do  not own this signed photo, I found it on the internet.
Also, I’ve just realised I posted this song back in 2012. Ska revival revival.

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Let’s Do Rocksteady

Saturday morning- and wasn’t that was a long week, especially as it was only four working days long. The drive to work has been grim; pitch black, blowing a gale and sheeting down. No one wanting to be back at work. Decorations and trees disappearing. As Davy has noted we need reasons to be cheerful. Thankfully few things can lift the January gloom quite like the life affirming blast of a Two Tone single, in this case from The Bodysnatchers. The three Mod girls in the picture, photographed in 1980 probably scaring the shit out of younger kids like me, agree.

Let’s Do Rocksteady