It’s an absolute crime that 1981’s “Dance Craze: The Best of British Ska… Live!” isn’t available on DVD or Blu-ray, but at least we can share the full 85-minute concert film — featuring classic performances from 2 Tone-era acts The Specials, Madness, Bad Manners, The Beat, The Selecter and more — via the modern miracle of YouTube. If you haven’t seen it, check it out right here — and seek out the soundtrack, which itself serves as one of the best aural overviews available of that era.
PREVIOUSLY ON SLICING UP EYEBALLS:
- Madness books California, Las Vegas concerts between Coachella appearances
- The Specials announce 23-date tour of Europe, U.K. for next fall
- Terry Hall: The Specials to tour in 2011, play debut, ‘More Specials’ live
- The Specials cancel New York SummerStage concert, plan U.S. tour in 2011
- The Selecter celebrates 30th anniversary of ‘Too Much Pressure’ with London gig