This June, legendary Two-Tone act The Specials will be playing Bedford Park for the first time in their forty-year career.
It’s the only outdoor show they’re playing this summer and there’s no doubt that their classics like Ghost Town and A Message to You, Rudy – as well as their ever social and political new material – will see the Bedford Park crowds skanking under the stars.
The Bedford Clanger got to speak to founder member and bass player Horace Panter about art, capacitors and Man at C&A…
Bedford Clanger: Been to Bedford before?
Horace Panter: No, now I’m playing twice this year! At Esquires in May with The Dirt Road Band then at Bedford Park…
BC: Other than Specials, Best thing to come out of Coventry?
HP: Other than electrical components and capacitors, The Primitives, and their manager, Paul Sampson.
BC: Are you doing any art at the moment?
HP: Yes, I’ve got a commission from an ex-pat in LA, a series of four paintings of LA, I’m currently on the fourth.
I’ve recently been driving through some no horse towns around Texas, which might inspire some future work.
BC: Recommend any new acts…or old?
HP: I’ve been listening to 80’s Americana recently, including The Blasters, plus Zydeco and Cajun music.
BC: Last good book you read?
HP: The Devils Alliance by Roger Moorland, I like military history. Music-wise, a book about her Rolling Stones by Michael Booth.
BC: Fave Specials song?
HP: Man at C&A – that rocks like a mofo with that bassline, Vote for Me has a great trombone solo and live Rudy gets such a response!
BC: What is so enduring about ska music?
HP: The rhythms are irresistible – it’s less ‘nasty’ than punk music, you can dance to it.
As well as the music, The Specials have great songs too, timeless? That’s blowing my own trumpet a bit?
BC: I think you’re entitled to, I would if I was in The Specials!
The Specials play Bedford Park on Friday 3 June and you can book tickets here.
If you can’t wait, Horace’s other band, The Dirt Road Band play Esquires on Friday 13 May. Tickets are £10 and are available here.