It is almost 40 years since Walt Jabsco first made an appearance on a record sleeve, for those who don't know, that is the name of the Two Tone Man that was a huge part of the image of the Two Tone Label. Based on a photograph of Peter Tosh, this simplistic but iconic image was drawn on thousands of school bags in the UK in 79/80. The Two Tone label was started by Jerry Dammers to release the first single by The Specials (The Special AKA). The label then went on to launch the careers of The Beat, Madness, The Selecter among others, it created a perfect soundtrack to the troubled times in the UK for a brief period of time in the late 70s and early 80s. After the punk explosion, new wave music took on lots of different sub-genres and for a time, this mix of punk, ska, rocksteady was the music to enjoy yourself with. This thread will explore each release from the Two Tone label, and also related releases. It will start with Gangsters and go up to the end of 1981 by which time the initial euphoria of the rude boy movement had changed. If the thread is popular, maybe we will move past that time, but at least the era from Gangsters to Ghost Town will be explored. Every single, every album, the groups that started on Two Tone and moved on, some groups that never even released a record on Two Tone but were linked. First thing you see when you open this thread, is the two pages of badges, badges (pins) were a big part of this movement, the images they showed are iconic, Walt Jabsco, Beat Girl, checkerboard images, scooters, two tone suits, pork pie hats, harrington jackets, white socks, Doc Martins, Loafers. It was all about style, at the beginning there was a huge crossover between Two Tone and the Mod revival, most of the mods I knew, loved Two Tone as much as The Jam and Secret Affair. A lot of the fashion was the same. We aren't going to focus on the Mod revival, that is another subject for another thread. This is Ska, This is Rocksteady, This Are Two Tone!