On Monday morning, June 2nd, Roderick James Byers (aka Roddy Radiation), lead guitarist of the original 2 Tone Ska band The Specials, and frontman in Rockabilly acts like the Bonediggers and Roddy Radiation and The Tearjerkers, appeared live in-studio at KCSB-FM on “The Freak Power Ticket.”
Later tonight, Thursday, June 5th, 8pm, Roddy Radiation and The U.S. Skabilly Rebels (featuring Santa Barbara musicians Dan Boer and Zac Pike) will be performing live at The Imperial Lounge (320 S. Kellogg Ave. in Goleta). General admission tickets for this 21-and-over concert will be available at the door, which opens at 7pm.
The Specials combined the defiant musical energy of late-70s Punk Rock with the sounds of Jamaican Ska, Rocksteady, and early Reggae. Embodying an ideal of racial integration in the UK, they also had a profound impact around the globe.
This past Monday, after a short live-acoustic set, Roddy spoke with KCSB-fm producer/host Ted Coe about: his band’s origins in the industrial city of Coventry, England; his diverse musical background; his role in creating the Specials’ eclectic sound; their forging of the aesthetics and political and cultural currents of Second-Wave Ska; and his creative outlets since the group’s heyday.
(NOTE: Thanks to Roddy for permission to podcast his pre-recorded music. An edited version of the hour can be found below.)
“The Freak Power Ticket” airs on Mondays in the Spring from 11am-12noon PDT.