Who were the most important band of the 2-Tone ska revival era?
The English Beat mixed in the American R & B, Madness added that carnival sound, The Selecter (and the short-lived Bodysnatchers) brought some female representation and Bad Manners injected a shot of that inimitable British Silliness but The Specials led the way. It was the roster of their label (2-Tone launched the careers of ALL of the above), their Rude Boy image and their refusal to stand still musically that defined that hugely-influential period.
Of course, there doesn't have to be a Most Important band of this or any other era. It's possible to simply stand in awe of just how concentrated the creativity of the super-brief flash that we now call the Two-Tone Era really was. To help remind you of the brilliance of the era in general and The Specials in particular let us consider the long out-of-print BBC Sessions CD.
BBC Sessions link is in the comments
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