Two Tone Tony
Two Tone Tony
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Ah, yes! Who can forget the Ska Revival of the late 70s? And recently I was reminded of this when trawling through a backstreet vinyl record and book shop off Byres Road in the west end of Glasgow, as this medical resuscitation torso dummy was kitted out with a suitable trilby hat and nicknamed “Two Tone Tony” by the staff, because he was stationed at the 2 Tone section and looked as if he was belting out one of the hits from that era.  


Anyone who was around at the time will remember the unique and energetic sound from the Coventry label 2 Tone that launched a musical movement with reggae and ska-influenced pop that attracted disaffected youth during the harsh realities of Thatcher’s Britain.  And with it came fresh new bands such as Selecter, Madness, and my own particular favourites The Specials – who could forget Too Much Too Soon and especially Ghost Town, that proved to be eerily prophetic about inner-city malaise in 1981; and went to number one just as rioting erupted throughout the nation during a summer of unrest.  


And if it wasn’t the music that caught you, it was the sartorial cut of their cloth: a combination of mod, skinhead and gangster fashions, with highly polished shoes or boots, fitted drainpipe/straight leg trousers (or jeans) which were cut short to show off their dazzling white socks, button down shirts, braces, skinny ties, Harrington jackets, overcoats, pork pie or trilby hats and wayfarer or wraparound shades. Footwear included loafers, brogues and Dr. Marten boots.


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