Welcome To My Blog

Thanks for checking the blog out... Hope it offers something a bit different every now & again. Though I come from a pseudo - Mod background (Soul & Ska in particular), I have a diverse taste in music & hope my varied posts will reflect this.

Cheers Skamanc .... I'm not after your undying gratitude, but please leave your thoughts, comments & opinions on the posts & content. I regularly up- & download material, plus buy and trade items. As such, if I have inadvertently "trodden on anyone's toes" in posting anything then please let me know & accept my apologies. Also please support the artists involved & remember that the blog is merely a pointer toward these various downloads, which are stored elsewhere. Legally, any downloads should not be retained for more than a week. So now I've told you the legal bit !

Feel free to give me a shout : waltjabsco@hotmail.com

Manchester M22, September 2016

For my kids, Dylan & Tommy. Bollocks to the ex Mrs!

Special thanks to Steve White (software), Gordon Waring (music), Shaun Robinson (artwork), Paul Buddery (DVD's / software) & Sonchey Barrett (essential technical advice!).

"Thank you" also to regular contributors Herr Pauli (Malente, Germany), Phil (Shetland), Deco Mc Dermott & Mark Pengelly of Dublin, Martin Smith (Barnet), Paul Baily (London) and Rodd (Australia).

Saturday, 23 June 2012

THE SPECIALS : USA / Canadian Gigs 1980 -81 (Part 1)

Please Help The Blog's Laptop Appeal - see bottom of Page...

I was looking through some discs and hard drives recently prior to re-uploading a file for a mate. During this laborious search I came across several gems, including the material below...

I have several more, somewhere... might have to take them off the cd's again & do a part 2 of this post sometime in the near future....

Here then are some Specials gigs from the USA & Canada from 1980 -81 that are long overdue either a repost or a first airing on the blog... Anything that has been previously posted has a new sharecode.

As always, many thanks to the original bootleggers.

Sat Nite Live TV Show clip (audio) 1980

Seattle Showbox Feb 1st 1980

Whisky A Go Go, LA, Feb 8th1980

Speaks Club, Long Island, March 2nd 1980 Pt1

Speaks Club 1980 Pt2
Schaumberg 21/3/80

Oakville, Ontario (Canada) 23/8/81

On the subject of The Specials & Two Tone, I am hoping to sell a few copies of the Dance Craze film on DVD format (which it has never officially been released on). The VHS tape is, of course, long deleted, and these have been on e-bay for a while.

I am currently in dispuite with e-bay & need to directly sell a few units to replace my old PC, which is dying fast and is taking longer & longer to perform even the mos basic task. For example, logging on to the net is about 30mins now, and an average post on the blog takes about 2 hours.

I am after a cheap & cheerful, half decent laptop and so am selling copies of Dance Craze, including UK postage, for a fiver.

I also have a unique, professional remaster of Dance Craze, with new graphics, black  white sections & lead ins & outs between tracks. This is also a fiver, though I will do both for £9.00 again inclusive of UK postage.

Donations to the blog are of course still most welcome...

Payment can be made via Paypal, to the usual blog address :




I hate to make the blog look like a market place, but I need a "new" PC asap as I can't keep relying on the library, and they're only open "sensible" hours.. Plus, if I get one, I can make good use of the free wifi in McDonalds etc to keep the blog rolling along !!

The DVD is a good quality copy & is boxed with a basic label & sleeve. If you buy both there is one box, with the 2nd disc in a clear slip sleeve inside the box...


  1. cracking stuff mate, i don't think i've seen or heard this before, looking forward to belting it out

  2. Cheers.Payment is on it's way.Long Live Skamanc!!!