NME Festival blog: The Specials’ Neville Staple releases knife crime song after grandson was stabbed to death


“It’s time we take back some control and teach the youth right from wrong

Founding member of The Specials Neville Staple has released a single called ‘Put Away Your Knives’ in tribute to his late grandson who was stabbed to death.

Fidel Glasgow, the son of Mr Staple’s daughter Melanie, died after he was stabbed in Coventry last September.

The song is a remake of the band’s seminal hit ‘A Message To You Rudy’ – with Staple dedicating it to his grandson and “everyone else who has been affected by violent crimes”.

Speaking to the BBC, he explained how the song highlights the “pain and anger” that is felt by the families of stabbing victims.

“It’s time we take back some control and teach the youth right from wrong and the consequences of their actions,” he said.

The track also sees Staple being joined by his wife Christine.

“It’s like there’s no regard for life now, it’s become the norm,” she said. “It’s in the lyrics, saying put them down, think about you’re doing. Kids might be on your plan, who are they going to look up to?

“You’re walking around with a blade in your hand or you’ve cut somebody. Think about where you’re going with this.”

While one man has been jailed for violent disorder and robbery linked to the death of Staple’s grandson, no one has been charged with his murder to date.

Atikou Diallo, 24, admitted violent disorder and robbery during the incident.

Speaking at the time, Staple said: “My beautiful daughter Melanie and wife Christine Sugary, all the family and myself are still shocked by this tragedy, but would like to thank you all for the kindness and messages we have received.”



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