Two-Tone was a short-lived musical movement that came from the West Midlands of England, combining ska and punk in songs that are equal parts socially conscious and danceable. The two tones are black and white and the musical movement was virulently anti-racist, in sharp contrast to the skinhead punks, whose ranks included many white nationalists.
The movement peaked in the late 70s and early 80s with bands like Madness, Bad Manners, The Selecter, and The Beat (who were known in the US as The English Beat). But nobody did it better than The Specials. This song, from their 2019 album Encore, is my nominee for unofficial theme song of Election Day 2020.
If we vote for you, do you promise To be upright, decent and honest To have our best interest at heart You understand why we don't believe you You're way too easy to see through Not the best places to start There are no rocks at Rockaway beach And all that glitters isn't gold You're all so drunk on money and power Inside your Ivory tower Teaching us not to be smart Making laws that serve to protect you But we will never forget that You tore our families apart There are no rocks at Rockaway beach And all that glitters isn't gold So if we vote for you, do you promise To be upright, decent and honest And take away all of the fear You sit and wait for us to elect you But all we'll do is reject you Your politics bore us to tears There are no rocks at Rockaway beach And all that glitters isn't gold