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How Was 2019 For You?

Lynval Golding, The Specials

DANIEL TOPETE

What’s been your highlight of 2019?

“The joy of making Encore was that there was no stress. Because of our 40th anniversary, Encore making No 1 meant a lot to us. The shows have been wonderful, too. I know exactly what my two favourite Specials concerts are. In 2009, the first night in Newcastle was absolutely incredible. And now, the second of our four nights in Coventry. I did B.L.M (Black Lives Matter) on the day when my father would have been 95, and that song is for my old man.”

What was your favourite album of 2019?

“The Skints are a wonderful bunch of guys, and Swimming Lessons is beautiful music. It’s so nice to see the next generation take over, so I hope Easy Life make a beautiful album next year. He didn’t make an album, but you can’t forget Stormzy. He blew me away at Glastonbury. The way he mixes grime and rock is like how Bob Marley brought reggae from Jamaica to the arenas. I look back on The Specials and, much like The Clash, we had that universal appeal too. That’s what I love about Stormzy, how he makes it all connect.”

What has disappointed you this year?

“We had some humour in Vote For Me on Encore, but it’s very strange times for the world right now. I look at our so-called leaders in Britain and America and I think, “Is it all about who can tell the biggest lies?” But if the revolution is going to be a bloodbath, I don’t want to see that happen. I don’t believe in death and destruction, I want to keep everything peaceful.”

What vinyl bargains have you found this year?

“I had a lovely afternoon in San Francisco when I had some spare time in a record shop. Steve Craddock is amazing for vinyl – he brings records on tour to play in our dressing room. Wherever he goes, he finds something.”

What did you think of Coventry City’s football kit celebrating 2-Tone’s 40th anniversary?

“I’m disgusted with them – they haven’t even sent me one! Maybe they’ve heard me and my 20-yearold son are Chelsea fans…”

What does 2020 have in store for The Specials?

“Me and Terry are swapping ideas for a new record. We want to get to the sunny side of the road and add more colour into the world, as it’s very dark and grey right now. We want to put some light into the world.

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Issue 34 of Long Live Vinyl is now on sale! Farewell to 2019! Our massive end-of-year special rounds up the very best of the year in vinyl. First up, we bring you the top 100 new albums of the last 12 months, selected by an expert panel of record shop owners, labels, bands, writers and festival organisers. Once you've filled your Christmas list with that lot, we've picked the top 20 reissues of 2019. You'll find interviews with some of the heroes of the year, too, including Fontaines DC, The Specials, Amyl & The Sniffers, Weyes Blood, Bill Callahan and The Murder Capital. If you're on the lookout for a new turntable, amp, speakers or headphones for Christmas, you'll want to check out our extensive Gear Of The Year awards, and after more than 10,000 of you voted, we name our second annual Record Shop Of The Year. Pick up your copy to find out who's won! In other news, former Led Zeppelin legend Robert Plant sits down for a chat about his new boxset and podcast, while Beck opens up about his latest album, Hyperspace. We also reminisce with The Pop Group over their classic 1979 album Y and tell the story of the label that brought us Love, The Doors and MC5: the one and only Elektra Records. If all that's not enough, you'll find the widest range of vinyl-related news, features and reviews anywhere on the newsstand. Long Live Vinyl is THE magazine for Vinyl lovers.