The English 2 Tone ska scene of ’79 was bursting at the seams with great bassists: Charley Anderson of The Selecter, Mark Bedford of Madness and The Beat’s David Steele spring instantly to mind. At the top of the 2 Tone tree is Horace Panter (aka Sir Horace Gentleman) of The Specials.
From his skeletal dub-like lines on the band’s greatest single Ghost Town (1980) to the frenzied funk of Nite Klub (featured on the 1979 debut album Specials), Panter showcased a ska style that was hugely adaptable yet instantly recognisable. Horace is currently performing with the reformed Specials. A Gibson Thunderbird takes the place of the Fender basses he played back in the day.