2 Tone  (aka Second Wave Ska, Two Tone) - Music Genres - Rate Your Music
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Also known as:  Second Wave Ska, Two Tone
2 Tone originated in England in the late 1970s as a revival of the first wave Jamaican Ska movement of the 1960s. It is considered to be the second wave of Ska, and was followed by Third Wave Ska in the mid-to-late 1980s.

It draws its name from Jerry Dammers's 2 Tone Records (a term coined by Dammers), which released music by bands that helped develop the sound of the era - specifically The Specials (Dammers' own band), Bad Manners, The Selecter, and Madness. These groups held roots found within first wave ska (often even covering tracks of the first era in their new style), whilst combining elements of the emerging New Wave genre, as well as elements of Punk Rock.

A notable change from the original ska was bands bringing the guitar work to the front of the mix, where it was previously only used to carry songs in the background in Jamaican ska. This style eventually left the UK, where it was picked up by bands in North America and eventually developed into Ska Punk, bringing even more emphasis on guitar work and aggression within the ska genre.

Although the original 2 Tone Records label eventually shut down in 1985, many bands and artists continue to perform in the style. It became less commonplace with burgeoning fusion styles and the spread of third wave ska in both the United States and England.
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Released Artist Title Reviews Ratings Score
1978 The Piranhas Coloured Music / Jilly 1 13
 
 
3.39
1979 The Specials Live at the Moonlight Club 1979
1979 The Trainspotters Unfaithful / Hiring the Hall 1
 
 
2.50
1979 The Specials Gangsters 25
 
 
3.86
1979 Madness Bed and Breakfast Man / Night Boat to Cairo 8
 
 
3.45
1979 Arthur Kay Ska-Wars / Warska 4
 
 
3.76
1979 The Tigers Kidding Stops / Big Expense, Small Income
1979 The Burtons / Jah Wurzel McArthur Park / Wuthering Heights 18
 
 
3.32
1979 The Members Offshore Banking Business / Solitary Confinement 3 93
 
 
3.65
1979 The Special A.K.A. / The Selector Gangsters / The Selecter 4 351
 
 
3.92
1979 Madness The Prince / Madness 4 119
 
 
3.57
1979 The Selecter On My Radio / Too Much Pressure 3 190
 
 
3.75
1979 The Specials Specials 89 3,925
 
 
3.77
1979 Madness One Step Beyond... 34 2,047
 
 
3.63
1979 Madness One Step Beyond... / Mistakes 13 342
 
 
3.77
1979 The Specials Featuring Rico A Message to You Rudy / Nite Klub 6 412
 
 
3.85
1979 The Beat Tears of a Clown / Ranking Full Stop 2 134
 
 
3.57
1979 Madness My Girl / Stepping Into Line 7 254
 
 
3.87
1980 The Army Shuffle Shuffle / Trendy 3
 
 
3.54
1980 Arthur Kay & The Originals Play My Record / Sooty Is a Rudy 4
 
 
4.02
1980 The Specials Rude Boys Out of Jail 1
 
 
3.50
1980 Madness Madness 7
 
 
3.12
1980 The Ska-Dows Apache / The Tune That Time Forgot 6
 
 
3.64
1980 The Papers How Many More? / Hello Oblivion 4
 
 
4.00
1980 Boss [ska] When the Chips Are Down / War War War 1
 
 
3.50
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