Neville & Sugary Staple – “Rebel Down” feat. Roddy Radiation

Release date: Single now streaming. Full Length Album due September 2018

Format: Digital Single

Label: Cleopatra Records

Location: Coventry, U.K.

Current Lineup:

Neville Staple

Christine Sugary Staple

Featuring Roddy Radiation

Favorite Tracks: Rebel Down

Sounds Like: The Specials, The Beat, Bad Manners, and Last Reel Hero


Photo by John Coles

Neville Staple is known for being a Jamaican born vocalist for the British band The Specials. He is a ska legend. Before there was the 90s explosion of Third Wave Ska, the 70’s & 80’s produced Ska’s second wave. Slightly closer to reggae which share roots, the Original Rudeboy comes from that scene.

Much great music sadly comes from tragedy, & unfortunately Staple’s latest songs, albums, & tour has a purpose behind it. Raising awareness to combat violence, specifically knife violence, as Staple’s grandson lost his life at 21 from a violent knife attack.


Photo by S. Staple

This song is something that reminds me in certain ways of Joe Strummer’s late solo work. A little slower that he once was as age tends to change us, you can tell there is a different stage of life happening, but you can see what made him special. You can feel the maturity in his music & why he’s a legend.

As far as a review of the song itself, if you listened to this era of ska, you know what you’re getting yourself into. And it doesn’t matter what I say anyway, since if you listen to the song, he doesn’t give a damn what I say. I say that in jest, as it is direct lyrics from the song, but it is a song with the punk rock attitude. He’s a rebel, he is who he is, & he’s comfortable in that. This is a great listen, you can get up and skank to it, & it’s a good teaser for the record coming soon.


Photo by John Coles



About the writer:

Griffin has been listening to punk records for the last 25 years. Now residing is Colorado Springs with his wife & 4 kids, he still tries to catch as many shows as he can.



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