An acoustic walk through the music and influences of a generation
of late 70's and 80's these writers, performers, musicians and icons
are renowned for paving the way of youth culture at the time. The
honest, aggressive and energetic lyrics of over 40 self penned hits
are appreciated by a whole new fan base in this acoustic format.
An informal gathering of musicians , backing, improvising and enjoying
the songs and stories they have experienced.
To Launch their new website, for a limited period you can down load
the video of 3MEN+Black taken from the DVD Rough Cut & Ready
Dubbed and filmed at Brighton
Autumn 2005 Tour
Debut Tour Photos
Jake Burns - JJ Burnel - Pauline Black - Nick Welsh
Jake Burns - JJ Burnel - Bruce Foxton - Pauline Black - Nick Welsh
Track Listings, MP3s and how to order
In 2004 Dave Wakeling
of The Beat, joined Jake Burns from Stiff Little
Fingers and Pauline Black and Nick Welsh from
Songs that were performed included Missing Words, Skin Deep, Wasted
Life, Harp, Too Much Pressure, Nobodies Hero, On my Radio, Nobody's
Hero, Going Underground, Eton Rifles, A Town called Malice, All
Around The World, Mirror in the Bathroom & Tears of a Clown,
all written or Co-written by members of the band, as well as songs
by other Artists who have inspired the band over the years, such
as Hawkwinds' Quark Strangeness and Charm and Bob Marleys' Redemption
- Live Photos & Reviews
Jake Burns - Dave Wakeling - Pauline Black - Nick Welsh
2005. A One Off 2TONE Special
Black, Nick Welsh and Dave Wakeling were joined by Roddy
'Radiation' Byers from The Specials and Rhoda Dhakar
from The Specials AKA
together of the songwriters and front personnel of bands that formed
the label - music genre of the time, 25years on.
UNSEEN and UNHEARD all together with their scatter brain stories
and songs acoustically done.
with the songwriters & front people from ALL THE BANDS ON 2TONE
2005 2Tone Special Tour
an interview with Pauline Black on The History and idea of 3MEN+Black
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Black & Nick Welsh
- Jake Burns is the only
original member in SLFs current line-up. The primary songwriter
and vocalist throughout, he's the heart and soul of SLF. After
SLF split in '83, he formed a group called Jake Burns and The
Big Wheel, and later worked as a producer at BBC Radio One. His
musical influences include The Clash, Elvis Costello, Graham Parker,
Dr. Feelgood, and Bob Marley. He's appeared on television several
times. He played a supporting role in the television movie Iris
in the Traffic--Ruby in the Rain, (in which SLF performed one
song,) and he's been a guest on several quiz shows over the years.
It's been said he has a photographic memory. Born in Belfast,
Northern Ireland, he now lives in Newcastle, England.
- John Jaque Burnel has been
the songwriting and identifiable bassist of The Stranglers, for
- Pauline Black
the front 'woman in the mighty ska - 2 tone giants Selector, she
is joined by Nick Welsh the guitarist from Selector.
They presently have an acoustic album out called Unplugged from
The Rude Boy Generation
Welsh is probably best known for being the bassist in The
Selecter and formerly Bad Manners but he has worked with some
of the biggest names in Ska and Reggae, Prince Buster, Laurel
Aitken, Rico Rodriguez, Dave Barker & most recently Lee "Scratch"
Perry with whom he received a Grammy Award Certificate for his
work on the CD Jamaican ET which won The Best Reggae Category
in 2002. Nick also writes music for TV which has been used world-wide
on shows as diverse as WWE (world wrestling entertainment), The
Osbournes and even adverts for Ariel soap powder!
isn't comfortable unless he's working his arse off. "Jake
and myself have also got into writing library music for ads
and so on, and we're working on a new CD-ROM game. I'm also
representing a young rock/funk band, called Headnoise. They'll
be doing a couple of dates with SLF on tour in March."
The (English) Beat
entered the music scene in 1979. The six member band consisted of
Dave Wakeling (vocals & guitar), David Steele (bass), Andy Cox
(guitar), Everett Morton (drums), Saxa (saxophone) and Ranking Roger
(vocals). The band managed to fuse all of their respective musical
influences - soul, reggae, pop and punk - into a unique sound that
was highly danceable. Along with contemporaries such as The Specials,
The Selecter and Madness, The Beat became one of the most popular
and influential bands of the British Ska movement.
the course of the three albums, The Beat acheived great success
in their home country, charting several singles into the top 10.
Although the band was never able to duplicate their UK chart success
in America, they did find a solid base of young fans eager to dance
to the band's hypnotic rhythms. Their constant touring with bands
such as The Clash and The Police helped to boost their popularity.
In 1983, after the release of their third album, "Special Beat
Service", the band broke up due to artistic differences.
was at that point that Dave Wakeling and Ranking Roger recuited
Stoker (drums) and Mickey Billingham (keyboards) of Dexy's Midnight
Runners and Horace Panter (bass) of The Specials and formed General
Public. Their first album "...All The Rage" included a
guest appearance by former Clash guitarist Mick Jones. After the
fantastic success of "...All The Rage", the band spent
two years writing and recording their follow-up. Although "Hand
to Mouth" did not fare as well as the first album, it did spawn
two singles, "Too Much or Nothing" and "Come Again".