Known as "the Original Rude boy" Coventry based Neville Staple is a legend in the music scene. He is the front man to The Specials, Fun Boy Three, 2-Tone and the Special Beat with Ranking Roger. 2019 is a big year for Neville celebrating his 40th Anniversary in the music industry.
With his band, The Neville Staple band he is celebrating the anniversary this May with an awesome, catchy litlle ska number, with a groovy, toe tapping composition and a rhythm that will easily get stuck in your head "Working Hard Everyday" is one of those tunes which is welcome at any party!
The past four decades has been a busy, wild and successful ride for Neville having picked up multiple awards from MOJO & NME as well as celebrating Gold, Silver and Platinum discs.
Today he co-fronts The Neville Staple Band together with award-winning wife Sugary Staple.
The band is a permanent and prominent feature in the U.K Ska scene, performing across the country regularly at clubs, venues and music festivals. Not just known for the music The Staples are also known for their charitable work and social activism. Sugary Staple is known for spearheading the Skamouth series. She too is also very active as an actress, vocalist and event promoter with over 30 years of experience under her belt!
About "Working Hard Everyday"
Neville and Sugary Staple co-wrote this song with Charlie Organaire (a.k.a. Charles Cameron), best friend and colleague to ska pioneer Prince Buster. He was involved in many of the legend’s hit songs, as well as writing his own music and working with Prince Buster's son Sultan.
"We met Charlie when he accompanied Sultan on a visit to my own Skamouth Festival and we’ve all been great friends ever since. He calls me a "one women army" (his words) because he said I worked so hard. This is how this lovely song melody started out, with Charlie playing his harmonica and his observant description of me running ragged, while managing to keep things running smoothly, even when chaos and problems were erupting behind the scenes,” explains Sugary Staple.
“Neville and I got to work on this song soon after and wrote the rest of the music and lyrics. This song really is about all those who put lots of effort in, work their socks off and juggle jobs, life and sometimes performances and public engagements, even with personal troubles going on. They often get very little reward too, other than making others happy. That's me," she laughs, noting, "In fact, that is a lot of people in this mega busy modern world of fast tracking! But we sing about it with a fun dancing tune to let your hair down to"
The Neville Staple Band recently released the single ‘Put Away Your Knives’, a 2-Tone influenced punky ska and reggae mix. This is a cry to young people involved in knife crime, motivated by a tragic event that struck their family in September 2018 - the fatal stabbing of Neville’s 21-year-old grandson Fidel Glasgow. Here Neville and Sugary Staple are joined by British-Jamaican reggae pioneer Dandy Livingstone, who penned 'Rudy, A Message to You', a big hit for The Specials (as 'A Message to You, Rudy').
These singles arrive hot on the trail of their new 'Rude Rebels' album, released via Cleopatra Records in autumn of 2018 with contributions by The Specials' original guitarist Roddy Radiation (a.k.a. Roddy Byers).
Both 'Working Hard Everyday’ and ‘Put Away Your Knives' can be downloaded from iTunes and Amazon. It can also be streamed on Spotify.
Catch The Neville Staple Band on tour with The Undertones throughout May and onwards on their own awesome steam at venues and festivals throughout the summer. June also brings several celebrations for the 40th Anniversary of 2-Tone, together withThe Specials’ Jerry Dammers as DJ and Beat Goes Bang (comprised of members of The Beat, General Public and Dexys Midnight Runners). Tickets can be obtained athttp://www.originalrudeboy.co.uk/live-dates
"We have had a lot of heartache over recent months and so, in contrast to our recent 'Put Away Your Knives' single, which was aimed at a very serious subject affecting us on a very personal level, this track is fun and lively and relates to all hardworking people, who just keep going regardless of what is happening around them – and especially those who tend to work hard to please or help others. We've also ensured this is a stomp-along, upbeat, 2Tone ska song, hailed as a summer hit by many 'sneak-peak' media reviewers,” says Neville Staple.
Where to catch the Neville Staple Band:
You can also catch the Neville Staple Band and their song "Working Hard Everyday" now playing on Smile Radio this 2019, the year of the independent artists!
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