Saturday 9 July 2011
Nev Staple Live in Lewisham
Before Mr Staple took to the stage the DJ played "Train to Skaville" and as more and more people started arriving I had a feeling inside that this was going to go well. The set began with "Man at C & A" from the More Specials album. A few songs later he announced that he wanted to dedicate a number to everyone in the audience and his band performed an absolutely perfect version of Message To You Rudy. It went down a storm. In fact there was a couple of moments when crowd went so wild that Nev looked rather taken aback. The Specials used to be a people's band and so many of those great songs worked brilliantly at this free event. A sincere "Doesn't Make It All Right" was really quite moving. "Do The Dog" (with additional "Woof Woofs") got everyone going and the skanky version of the daft Fun Boy 3 track "Lunatics" was also a treat.
(Below: Nev and co on the cover of an issue of Smash Hits I bought for 20p in Lewisham's Popular Book Centre many moons ago.)
Posted by The Rebel Magazine at 13:13