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Subject: The Rude Boy Returns, best CD of the year

Written By: rudie on 10/17/04 at 5:16 pm


The original rude boy and one of the undisputed forerunners of the ska movement, Neville Staple returns with a new album ‘The Rude Boy Returns’ on 25th October 2004 through Rude Boy Music.

Best known for being the lead singer of The Specials and as one of the founding members of Fun Boy 3, Neville Staple is credited with changing the face of pop music not only once but twice. Neville’s biography and past projects read like a who’s who of rock. He has worked with such legends as Elvis Costello (The Specials 1979 – Chrysalis Records), David Byrne (Fun Boy 3 Waiting 1983 – Chrysalis Records) and Ali Campbell (Today’s Specials 1996 – Kuff Records) to name only a few.  In addition to recording with some of rock’s most famous, Neville has also shared the stage with such ska icons as Rankin Roger (English Beat), forming Special Beat. Although this line up never actually recorded an album, they successfully toured the US with Sting and Steel Pulse before embarking on their own headline tour.

Having spent recent years successfully touring Japan, South America and North America, Neville Staple returns to mark the 25th anniversary of Two Tone Records, with a new album ‘The Rude Boy Returns’ and a new label, Rude Boy Music. Produced by Neville himself at Planet Studios, Coventry and featuring collaborations with Mick Jones (The Clash) and Rat Scabies (The Dammed), ‘Return Of The Rude Boy’ sees Neville keeping the spirit, attitude and style of his previous bands well and truly alive.

The track listing for ‘The Rude Boy Returns’ is as follows:

1. Cow Cow Yicky  - w/ Lead Belly
2. Place In Life
3. Do Nothing  – w/ Mick Jones & Rat Scabies
4. Pressure
5. Why So Rude  – w/ Rat Scabies
6. Since You’ve Been Gone
7. Better 2 Know
8. Pick It Up
9. Best Of What You Got
10. Yellow Star  – w/ Rat Scabies
11. Writing On The Wall
12. Easy
13. Keep On
14. Nachna (Indian Ska) w/ KS Machan
15. Pressure (Dance Mix)

In addition to the new studio CD, ‘The Rude Boy Returns’ comes with a DVD featuring over an hour and a half of previously unseen live footage and in-depth interviews…

Interviews include:
Neville Staple (extensive career interview / out and about in Coventry), Roddy Radiation (The Specials), Gary Powell (The Libertines), Ranking Roger (The Beat), Mark Lamarr, Donovan, Hazel O'Conor, Pete Waterman, Don Letts and Norman Jay

The Live Show – The Ben Sherman 40th Birthday Party – September 2003
(Compered by Liz Kershaw with live performances by Chas Smash & Ranking Roger):

1. Concrete Jungle
2. Man At C&A
3. Gangsters
4. Monkey Man
5. Little Bitch
6. Summer Down
7. Pressure Drop
8. Guns Of Naverone
9. Rat Race (with Rankin Roger)
10. Too Hot (with Rankin Roger)
11. Enjoy Yourself (with Rankin Roger and Chas Smash)
12. A Message To You Rudy

For the release of ‘The Rude Boy Returns’, Neville is lending his support to The Mkombozi Centre for Street Children charity. 10% of proceeds from the album will be donated to the charity.  See for more details.

Neville Staple will join the Buzzcocks  and the Rakes on a full UK tour throughout December,.  Neville is touring with a 7-piece band, which will include the infamous Rat Scabies of The Dammed on drums. Neville and the bands will also be giving unprecedented access to Overload TV on the tour, turning the live dates into Overloads first self produced reality TV series.  The tour will be screened over twelve 30 minute shows (entitled ‘On Tour’) from the start of Feb. 2005.

The dates are as follows:

17/10/2004 Butlins Skegness, England
20/10/2004 The Concorde 2 Brighton, England
21/10/2004 Launch Party Ben Sherman Store, Carnaby Street.
09/11/2004 Jazz Cafe Camden, London, England
12/11/2004 Ben Sherman Opening Berlin, Germany
19/11/2004 Shanklin, Isle of Wight, England
20/11/2004 Butlins Minehead, England
05/12/2004 The Waterfront Norwich, England
06/12/2004 The Junction Cambridge, England
08/12/2004 Carling Academy Liverpool, England
09/12/2004 Carling Academy Glasgow, Scotland
10/12/2004 Citrus Club Edinburgh, Scotland
11/12/2004 Academy II Manchester, England
12/12/2004 Wulfren Wolverhampton, England
14/12/2004 Academy II Bristol, England
15/12/2004 The Forum London, England
16/12/2004 Wedgewood Rooms Portsmouth, England
22/12/2004 Melkweg Oz (Milkyway)Amsterdam, Nederland
23/12/2004 Paard van Troje Den Haag, Nederland
25/02/2005 Butlins Skegness, England
25/03/2005 The Civic Middleton, England

**Please check our websites for European and North American dates.

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