The 2 Tone sound was developed by young musicians in Coventry, West Midlands, England who grew up hearing 1960s Jamaican music.
They combined influences from ska, reggae and rocksteady with elements of punk rock and New Wave music. Bands
considered part of the genre include: The Specials, The Selecter, The Beat, Madness, Bad Manners, and The Bodysnatchers.
The term was coined by The Specials' keyboardist Jerry Dammers, who — with the assistance of Horace Panter and graphic
designer John "Teflon" Sims — created the iconic Walt Jabsco logo (a man in a black suit, white shirt, black tie, pork
pie hat, white socks and black loafers) to represent the 2 Tone genre. The logo was based on an early album cover photo
of Peter Tosh, and included an added black-and-white check pattern.
Most of the bands considered to be part of the 2 Tone genre were signed to 2 Tone Records at some point.
Other record labels associated with the 2 Tone sound were Stiff Records and Go Feet Records. The music was especially
popular among skinheads, rudies and some mod revivalists.