Film, Video, Vintage Video — March 27, 2019 at 8:22 am

Vintage Video: ‘Dance Craze: The Best of British Ska… Live!’ celebrates the 2-Tone era

For this latest installment of our Vintage Video series, we honor the life and music of The Beat’s Ranking Rogerwho died Monday — with the single best document of the 2 Tone era, the criminally out-of-print concert film “Dance Craze: The Best of British Ska… Live!”

The Joe Massot-directed concert movie, released in 1981, has never officially been issued on DVD, nor is it on any streaming platforms (that we’re aware of). The 85-minute film captures frenetic performances by U.K. ska acts The Specials, The Beat, Bad Manners, The Selecter, Madness and more.

Watch the full film — and see the list of performances — below.

 

Performances in “Dance Craze”

1. “Nite Klub” – The Specials
2. “The Prince” – Madness
3. “Ne-Ne-Na-Na-Na-Na-Nu-Nu” – Bad Manners
4. “007 (Shanty Town)” – The Bodysnatchers
5. “Three Minute Hero” – The Selecter
6. “Ranking Full Stop” – The Beat
7. “Big Shot” – The Beat
8. “Concrete Jungle” – The Specials
9. “Swan Lake” – Madness
10. “Razor Blade Alley” – Madness
11. “Missing Words” – The Selecter
12. “Let’s Do the Rock Steady” – The Bodysnatchers
13. “Lip Up Fatty” – Bad Manners
14. “Madness” – Madness
15. “Too Much Too Young” – The Specials
16. “On My Radio” – The Selecter
17. “Easy Life” – The Bodysnatchers
18. “Rough Rider” – The Beat
19. “Man at C&A” – The Specials
20. “Inner London Violence” – Bad Manners
21. “Night Boat to Cairo” – Madness
22. “Twist and Crawl” – The Beat
23. “Wooly Bully” – Bad Manners
24. “Too Much Pressure” – The Selecter
25. “Mirror in the Bathroom” – The Beat
26. “One Step Beyond” – Madness
27. “Nite Klub” – The Specials

 

PREVIOUSLY ON SLICING UP EYEBALLS

 

7 Comments

  1. Matt Debes

    This is great – thanks for posting, especially in light of losing Ranking Roger. Spotify playlist to follow?

  2. 2 tone forever!

  3. john f browne

    who would know that if you were not here RIP R/R and thank you S U E

  4. The Best!! Lived it, love it still. 2 Tone !!!
    RIP Roger

  5. I wrote a little review of the film inspired by your post. Thanks for finding this and sharing it!

    https://patricksmusic.blogspot.com/2019/04/dance-craze-1981.html

  6. Insane this isn’t out on DVD

  7. Matthew Bargell

    Listen to your Dark Wave show on First Wave Sirius. Love it! —Matt

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