2 Tone


2 Tone

Infobox Music genre
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name=2 Tone
stylistic_origins=Ska
Punk rock
New Wave
Reggae
Rocksteady
Pop
Power pop
cultural_origins=late 1970s in West Midlands, England
instruments=Guitar, Bass guitar, Keyboard, Trumpet, Trombone, saxophones, drums
popularity= Mostly late 1970s and early 1980s in the United Kingdom; moderate commercial success in North America and Europe
derivatives= Third wave ska, Ska punk
subgenres=
fusiongenres=
other_topics=2 Tone Records

2 Tone (or Two Tone) is a music genre created in England in the late 1970s by fusing elements of ska, punk rock, rocksteady, reggae and pop.

The 2 Tone sound was developed by English musicians (mostly based in the West Midlands area) who grew up hearing 1960s Jamaican music and decided to play a similar style of music. [ [http://2-tone.info/artists/the_specials.html "Jerry Dammers interview by Alexis Petrides"] ,Mojo magazine, Jan. 2002. Accessed on 2-tone.info October 18, 2007] They combined that style with influences from contemporary punk and pop music. The new music genre (and associated subculture) became known as 2 Tone because most of the bands were signed to the record label 2 Tone Records at some point. Other record labels associated with the 2 Tone sound were Stiff Records and Go Feet Records. Bands considered part of the 2 Tone genre include The Specials, The Selecter, The Beat, Madness, Bad Manners and The Bodysnatchers.

The music term "2 Tone" was coined by Jerry Dammers of The Specials. Dammers, with the assistance of Horace Panter, created the Walt Jabsco logo to represent the 2 Tone movement. It was based on an early album cover photo of Peter Tosh, and included an added black-and-white check pattern. [Panter, Horace:"Ska'd For Life" Sidgwick & Jackson, 2007]

Artists associated with the 2 Tone genre

*Bad Manners
* The Beat
*The Bodysnatchers
*Madness
*The Selecter
*The Specials

Footnotes

External links

* [http://www.2ToneCollection.com/ 2 Tone Collection] Impressive 2 Tone record collection
* [http://2-tone.info/ 2 Tone info] 2 Tone history and discography
* [http://www.bbc.co.uk/coventry/entertainment/music/2_tone/index.shtml 2 Tone Tribute] BBC Coventry & Warwickshire


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