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The Specials — Message to You Rudy
Album: The Specials
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Total ratings: 1404









Released: 1979
Length: 2:51
Plays (last 30 days): 1
Stop your messing around (ah-ah-ah)
Better think of your future (ah-ah-ah)
Time you straighten right out (ah-ah-ah)
Creating problems in town (ah-ah-ah)

Rudy
A message to you, Rudy
A message to you

Stop your fooling around (ah-ah-ah)
Time you straighten right out (ah-ah-ah)
Better think of your future (ah-ah-ah)
Else you'll wind up in jail (ah-ah-ah)

Rudy
A message to you, Rudy
A message to you

Stop your messing around (ah-ah-ah)
Better think of your future (ah-ah-ah)
Time you straighten right out (ah-ah-ah)
Creating problems in town (ah-ah-ah)

Rudy
A message to you, Rudy
A message to you, Rudy
Oh, it's a message to you, Rudy
Yeah, it's a message to you, Rudy
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I remember coming out of my rock n roll bubble and a friend turned me on to this A must have in the collection Always love this song big time
Great band.
Rudy was offsides!

<movie reference>
I bought a 2-disc Dandy Livingstone compilation on the strength of this song alone. Great stuff.
c.
 kingart wrote:
Rudy who? Valentino? Giuliani? The reindeer? What's the message? 
 

"Rude boy"
 natural_tools wrote:
"The tide is high, but I'm holding on... I'm gonna be your number one..."
 
Both this and Blondie's "The Tide Is High" are covers of 1960s ska classics.
 VH1 wrote:
If this song is being used, then with consent of The Specials....sad...but true!
 


But they didn't write it, so I'm guessing they didn't make much cash having Fidelity use their version:

>>"A Message to You, Rudy" is a 1967 rocksteady song by Dandy Livingstone. Originally entitled "Rudy, A Message to You", the song later achieved broader success when, in 1979, The Specialscover reached number 10 in the UK Singles Chart.

Veteran trombone player Rico Rodriguez played on both Livingstone's and The Specials' versions.<<


Dandy Livingstone had a cool look back in the day.  He's still with us, and turns 75 on Dec. 14.  Happy Birthday, Dandy!


Image result for dandy livingstone



 treatment_bound wrote:
This song is now being used in a commercial for Fidelity Investments.

I wish I was kidding. 
 

What did you expect......that they do not want to make money ...

If this song is being used, then with consent of The Specials....sad...but true!


This song is now being used in a commercial for Fidelity Investments.

I wish I was kidding. 

 kingart wrote:
Rudy who? Valentino? Giuliani? The reindeer? What's the message? 
 
Who cares, as long as it's non-Marley reggae.
Rudy who? Valentino? Giuliani? The reindeer? What's the message? 
"What the hell do we have to do?!!!!!"  cry out the hundreds of excellent bands never heard on RP that have to listen to this drivel played over and over....
 sirdroseph wrote:


{#Yes}I have always said RP should just open up its entire library and let it go randomized. We should never have to hear the same song more than once or twice a week much less once or twice a day!
 
You don't comprehend the art of the segue.  Sad, because Bill is awesome at it.
oldsaxon wrote:

I'd much rather have Bill doing the mix, thanks anyway.
 

ditto. if i wanted random i would just hit shuffle on my mp3 music directory.
 sirdroseph wrote:


{#Yes}I have always said RP should just open up its entire library and let it go randomized. We should never have to hear the same song more than once or twice a week much less once or twice a day!
 
I'd much rather have Bill doing the mix, thanks anyway.
Ha, I am 17 again and getting chased out of Torquay nightclubs by marauding skinheads.

Loving the trombone.
 Stranglersfan wrote:
Reminds me of wing tipped shoes and Ganja!
 
Me too - except for the shoes!
True classic.
Remember sorting through the titles at Newbury Comics in Harvard Square during the early 80s looking for this album. Just brings back great memories of teenage exploration and figuring what is cool. This song definitely was.
 sirdroseph wrote:


{#Yes}I have always said RP should just open up its entire library and let it go randomized. We should never have to hear the same song more than once or twice a week much less once or twice a day!
 
I have never heard the same song twice in one day.  A few times a week at most.  I do like the idea of more variety though, but you exagerate.   
Once again.................... its easy to see that our esteemed DJ is a bass player.  {#Dancingbanana}
 gemtag wrote:
Time for a rant.

Don't get me wrong I love RP. The best.

Problem is I rarely hear The Specials, Pixies, XTC, Stone Roses, Guided By Voices,  Maybe once a week.

And over and over I hear Radio Head, Gomez, Arcade Fire. Many times a day.

Don't get me wrong. I love these guys. I just want a little more variety.

But I know the newer stuff plays well. Just like a real radio station...  
 

{#Yes}I have always said RP should just open up its entire library and let it go randomized. We should never have to hear the same song more than once or twice a week much less once or twice a day!
Reminds me of wing tipped shoes and Ganja!

I haven't heard this in a long time - still love it.


I'm bumping it up one to an "8" .. this track grows on me ..
 johnjconn wrote:
I gotta a message to Rudy.  Burn the orignal copy of this song, mankind will be better off
  
I'm not sure I'd trust you (or any single person) to dictate what's better for mankind.  By the way - the original version of this song was recorded in 1967 by Dandy Livingstone.


Time for a rant.

Don't get me wrong I love RP. The best.

Problem is I rarely hear The Specials, Pixies, XTC, Stone Roses, Guided By Voices,  Maybe once a week.

And over and over I hear Radio Head, Gomez, Arcade Fire. Many times a day.

Don't get me wrong. I love these guys. I just want a little more variety.

But I know the newer stuff plays well. Just like a real radio station...  
Nice
I like it, it's bouncy
I gotta a message to Rudy.  Burn the orignal copy of this song, mankind will be better off
 Byronape (Purgatory) wrote:
For some reason I am thinking this sucks less then it did when I first heard it.  3 > 4
 
The sun is shining a little more brightly in Purgatory today...
I thought they were singing houdini...
 frootloopsfan wrote:
This is why RP is so amazing. The only channel that knows I love The Specials!
 
That, and all your friends here know you love Froot Loops, too!

This is why RP is so amazing. The only channel that knows I love The Specials!
lemmoth wrote:
Special place in my 8 track collection has translated into a special place in my heart for this album.

These guys started the Ska revival in the UK in the late 80's, also the interracial makeup of the band was unique for the times.

And the producer was a pretty savvy fellow, who, if he only produced this album and Squeeze's East Side Story (singing his one line on Tempted) would deserve kudos. Of course his 27 (or so) studio albums were enough to get him into the RNR Hall of Fame.
A pearl, Thanks!

Ska fans should check out this album (if you can find it): https://www.discogs.com/Various-One-Original-Step-Beyond-The-Story-Of-Ska/release/1795818

Lots of original Jamaican recordings of mainstream ska songs going back to the early 60s, including Dandy's original recording of this one. Cool stuff.

9 instead of 10 because of the slightly weak vox. Great song!

Crawley Town FC(a lower division English soccer team) supporters, before their cup game against Manchester United covered this song, slightly altering the lyrics. Here's the link, it's quite cool.
Special place in my 8 track collection has translated into a special place in my heart for this album.

These guys started the Ska revival in the UK in the late 80's, also the interracial makeup of the band was unique for the times.

And the producer was a pretty savvy fellow, who, if he only produced this album and Squeeze's East Side Story (singing his one line on Tempted) would deserve kudos.  Of course his 27 (or so) studio albums were enough to get him into the RNR Hall of Fame.
For some reason I am thinking this sucks less then it did when I first heard it.  3 > 4
{#Bananapiano}  dated but not old

and the message was?  What a crock of S-H-*-*!

rude bwoy!
 Marcvs wrote:
Just can’t stand this. {#Snooty}
 

Agreed.  Although. it was quirky and interesting the first couple times I heard it.

 Danimal174 wrote:
So, wait...Rudy needs to stop messing around, but Rudy also can't fail? Which is it?
 
Well, you see, when Rudy was young he used to do a lot of messing around but as he got older and more desperate Rudy absolutely couldn't fail.  So, there you have it!

 Stingray wrote:
Fine song and album!
 

Reminds me of some of those first fine world changing days of MTV.

Here's that Rudy bloke again ! {#Dancingbanana_2}


Fine song and album!
 MM13 wrote:
This is one of those songs that irritate the hell out of you, but you still enjoy listening to. Is this strange form of masochism familiar to anyone or am I a lost soul in this as well?
 
I find that to be true with some songs (eg., William Shatner's "Mr Tamborine Man"), but certainly not with this tune.  This is a great song - you may have just missed the boat on The Specials (and Terry Hall).


What a fun song this one is!{#Dancingbanana_2}
I like it!
I CAN¨T STAND THIS TOO

 
prickelpit96 wrote:

I'm so sorry for you. In fact this is AWESOME! 
 


This is one of those songs that irritate the hell out of you, but you still enjoy listening to. Is this strange form of masochism familiar to anyone or am I a lost soul in this as well?
 Marcvs wrote:
Just can’t stand this. {#Snooty}

 
I'm so sorry for you. In fact this is AWESOME! 

Just can’t stand this. {#Snooty}

Love that trombone.


 CamLwalk wrote:
Oh yeah,  I have this intraweb thinghie.  Rudy is short for rude boy.  OK.
Thanks! 


Oh yeah,  I have this intraweb thinghie.  Rudy is short for rude boy.  OK.
I listen to a lot of ska.  They're always talking about Rudy.  Who is this Rudy? 
Disappointed that they cancelled their show in April, but can't wait to see them at the rescheduled date in August!
SPECIAL!
Playing Coachella this weekend. Wish they were coming to SF!!!
wow, 3 to an 8. what was I thinking? I do enjoy this on a sunday morn!
ska lives! watch it, rudie!
Allways good, Ahh miss spent youth
   I went out with her once
If one like's Ska, try Hepcat. Old school Ska at it's best.
This should have been used in that Notre Dame movie.
Saaaweet!! The Specials! Just what I need to remind me of good times and good people. 
If you want to read a really good book about this band, with insights into the Two Tone movement and its associated craziness, I highly recommend the book 'Ska'd For Life' by their bassist Horace Panter.
 The_Enemy wrote:

My name is Judge Roughneck, and I will not tolerate any disobedience on my chat forum.

You have been brought in front of me and charged with not rating this song high enough.

Before I sentence you, what have you got to say in your defense?


 

Naked woman, naked man, where did you get that bright suntan
 crockydile wrote:

Which is like being the toughest guy in 6th grade...

 

oy, you: outside.

 crockydile wrote:

Which is like being the toughest guy in 6th grade...

 
Ha ha!        Good tune though....

 SweTex wrote:
One of the best if not THE best ska band that were around at the time.

 
Which is like being the toughest guy in 6th grade...

A long time ago I named a dog Rudy because of this song. Every time I hear it, I think back to my Rude Dog and smile...RIP Rude boy. 
Ruby, a massage for you
 Wizzuvv_oz wrote:
I had to bump it up to 10
more Specials needed on RP (Desmond Dekker too!) 
 
Agreed.  Fun Boy Three as well.

One of the best if not THE best ska band that were around at the time.

makes me happy too!
Phew - great: back home on Planet Earth!

(having just been in outer space with Lou Reed and Sweet Jane, for those seeing this in the future.)
This song makes me happy.
I had to bump it up to 10
more Specials needed on RP (Desmond Dekker too!) 
 The_Enemy wrote:

My name is Judge Roughneck, and I will not tolerate any disobedience on my chat forum.

You have been brought in front of me and charged with not rating this song high enough.

Before I sentence you, what have you got to say in your defense?


 
Brilliant!

Woo Hooo! The Specials are part of my "Happy Place"! :D
 The_Enemy wrote:

My name is Judge Roughneck, and I will not tolerate any disobedience on my chat forum.

You have been brought in front of me and charged with not rating this song high enough.

Before I sentence you, what have you got to say in your defense?


 

hehe.

i rated the song the 10 it deserves.


My name is Judge Roughneck, and I will not tolerate any disobedience on my chat forum.

You have been brought in front of me and charged with not rating this song high enough.

Before I sentence you, what have you got to say in your defense?


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so I'm looking at this, and what song starts up?
This!! 
 wow.
Phantasmagorical!
GODLIKE {#Motor}
A Classic!
and they're playing live again next year!
 ghost town
 message to you, rudy,
 free nelson mandela,
 gansters

whoot!
 Danimal174 wrote:


What do you mean? Rudy can't fail!

(Great song to follow this one up with)
 

I'm just jealous because you beat me to it....{#Whistle}
Stop your messin' around
Better think of your future
Time you straightened right out
Creatin' problems in town
Rudy a message to you

Stop your foolin' around
Time you straightened right out
Better think of your future
Or else you'll wind up in jail
Rudy a message to you

Stop your messin' around
Better think of your future
Time you straightened right out
Creatin' problems in town

Rudy a message to you

Stop your messin' around
Better think of your future
Time you straightened right out
Creatin' problems in town


Rudy a message to you



 laroue wrote:
Ska also? You have my heart now, RP {#Roflol}
 
It only gets better. {#Cheesygrin}
Ska also? You have my heart now, RP {#Roflol}
 kaosmonkey wrote:
I'm beginning to think Rudy is never going to learn...

 

What do you mean? Rudy can't fail!

(Great song to follow this one up with)
not so "Special."

jahroots wrote:
I LOVE THIS SONG !!!!!
Me too, mon.
ArbiterOfGoodTaste wrote:
Another good reason not to get too drunk in a strange place. :arrowu: :drunk:
ho hum . . .
Ain't no better! :bananasplit:
theanniewithin wrote:
I double that remark! :puke: :puke:
:ass:
prickelpit96 wrote:
Glockman45 wrote:
:puke:
Go and search your gun, redneck. :beat:
:roflol: :high-five:
Glockman45 wrote:
:puke:
I double that remark! :puke: :puke:
:sunny:
sub-arctic wrote:
Woaa - thats Joseph Beuys doing the dog or milking the cat
I LOVE THIS SONG !!!!!
So, wait...Rudy needs to stop messing around, but Rudy also can't fail? Which is it?
love the specials. there are other songs RP should investigate though to add. concrete jungle for one.
Love the horns.
SKAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAA!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! :bananajam: :dancingbanana: :bananasplit: :dancingbanana_2: :bananapiano:
kaosmonkey wrote:
I'm beginning to think Rudy is never going to learn...
I know...they should let him find out the hard way


I'm beginning to think Rudy is never going to learn...
Rude Boy! :bananasplit: :bananajam: :bananajam: :drummer:
stop your messin' around....
Good stuf :drummer: f
:sunny:
Glockman45 wrote:
:puke:
Go and search your gun, redneck. :beat:
:sunny: