My Record Collection by Dub Pistols’ Barry Ashworth

In My Record Collection, we dig down to the bottom of musicians’ souls to find out what the most treasured parts of their record collection are. This week, it’s the turn of Dub Pistols’ mainman Barry Ashworth, let’s see what he picks out…

The first record I ever bought with my own money was…

“It’s hard to remember that far back, to be honest! It could have been The Specials, Madness or any of the 2 Tone artists but I’m pretty sure it was The Clash’s London Calling. Joe Strummer was the artist that influenced me with his attitude more than any other.”

The record that made me want to be in a band was…

“I always wanted to be in a band like most people growing up. Watching the Clash, The Jam and certainly the Sex Pistols with their energy and attitude defined the way I wanted to perform but it wasn’t until the Madchester scene happened that I believed it was possible. Seeing the Stone Roses at Spike Island and the Happy Mondays at various shows was the moment in time I decided to give it a go. I would say the record that made that happen was The Stone Roses’ self-titled.”

The record I’ve played more than any other is…

“That’s such a hard question to answer. Once you get to a certain age, there are so many that you have listened to over the years and when you are younger you tend to have the same record on repeat forever. So it could be as with all of these questions a million different records. David Bowie’s Hunky Dory was on repeat forever and Pink Floyd ‘s Dark Side of the Moon is a right of passage, but probably the one I had most on repeat was Beastie Boys’ Licensed To ill.

The record that always makes me feel good is…

“Stevie Wonder’s Hotter Than July. It just has the feel-good factor.”

The record I think is the most underrated of all time is…

“Flowered Up’s Weekender. An absolute masterpiece produced by Clive Langer. It isn’t technically an album, but due to the fact that both sides are 15 minutes long, I’m going to slip it in here. It captures the whole essence of the club culture at the time in one song. The video was like a modern-day Quadrophenia and the artwork was punk as you like.”

“Flowered Up were really the only London band at that time that could capture the vibe of the time in the same way The Manchester bands did.”

The record with my favourite cover art is…

“One of the best things about buying vinyl albums was always its artwork. It’s often as creative as the music inside. There are so many iconic album covers. How do you choose just one? The Beatles and Talking Heads’ artwork was always amazing, Nirvana’s Nevermind is great, the list just goes on and on. When I got into reggae I loved the early Green Sleeves artwork. But if I had to choose just one as I do here it is Scientist’s Heavy Weight Dub Champion.”

The record with my favourite title is…
“The Happy Mondays’ Pills Thrills & Bellyaches. It captured the way I was living my life at the time through club culture and influenced the name of my first ever album which was called “Gangsters, Tarts and Wannabes”.

The record I can’t understand why everybody loves is…

“Anything by Sam Smith. It makes me want to smash up the stereo.”

The last record I bought was…

“I get sent promo’s all the time to play on my radio shows but I still buy records every week as I think it’s only right to support the bands you love. Most of the records I buy are singles that I use in my DJ sets but albums wise, it was The Nextmen vs Gentlemen’s Dub Club’s Pound for Pound. It features so many of my favourite up and coming artists such as Gardna, Hollie Cooke, Kiko Bun, Eva Lazarus. There’s not a bad track on the album.”

The record I’m most looking forward to hearing in 2020 is…

“It has to be Public Enemy’s WHAT YOU GONNA DO WHEN THE GRID GOES DOWN?. One of my favourite groups of all time back on Def Jam for the first time in over two decades and with guest Appearances By Nas, YG, Rapsody, DJ Premier, Black Thought, Questlove, Cypress Hill, Run-DMC, Ice-T, PMD, George Clinton, Daddy-O, Jahi, The Impossebulls and Mike D and Ad-Rock of Beastie Boys. This has to be one of the biggest records of the year.”

The greatest record of all time is…

“The Specials’ The Specials. My favourite band of all time. Getting Terry Hall to work with and perform with the Dub Pistols is one of my greatest achievements in life. We also had Lynval Golding join us a few times on stage. Performing Gangsters with those 2 on stage in front of 50,000 people at Rise festival had the hair on my arms standing on end. They say that it was their catalyst for reforming The Specials…”

Dub Pistols’ new album Addict is out now and available to purchase here in hmv’s online store.


Album Release day

Todays the day our new album ‘Addict” is finally released
Thank you so much to everyone who has pre-ordered the album on iTunes so far, If you haven’t already pre-ordered the album we are doing a special limited time discount exclusive to iTunes where you can buy the album for £4.99

Dub Pistols In Dub Totally Wired Radio Show

Yesterday’s Dub Pistols In Dub Totally wired Radio Show is now up on Mixcloud for you to listen back to. Presented by Barry Ashworth & Seanie T feat music by Chezidek, Natty Campbell, Gardna, Horseman, Ragga Twins, Mr Ben, Cheshire Cat plus a whole lot more.

Album: Dub Pistols – Addict A riotous hip-shaker from Barry Ashworth’s mob

Barry Ashworth’s collective are back with a cracking new album of ska, dub and drum’n’bass rhythms, shot through with punk attitude

It’s been 22 years since the Dub Pistols surfed into public view on the Big Beat wave with the absolutely rocking “There’s Gonna be a Riot” single. Eight albums later and Barry Ashworth’s collective are back with a cracking new disc of ska, dub and drum’n’bass rhythms, shot through with punk attitude, that are more than enough to get any self-respecting party-goer into the dance floor and working up a sweat. Just when we all need it, Addict has plenty to raise smiles and get feet moving and hips swaying.
As with their previous albums, the Dub Pistols have again managed to rope in plenty of class collaborators, including Rhoda Dakar of the Bodysnatchers and the Specials on “Stand Together”, reggae veteran Horseman spreading good vibes on “Old Skool” and the mighty Ragga Twins on the junglist “Two Generals”. From the opening tune through to the final fade out, the relentless, up-tempo vibes on Addict are about love, positivity and unity, with no time for either fist-shaking aggro or sitting down, chilling out and nodding off. That said, there are plenty of tracks praising the weed, one of which even samples Danny the Dealer from Withnail and I on the, inevitably named, “Camberwell Carrot”.
The rather unfortunately named Addict may not be doing anything particularly new or unexpected, but it avoids any cheesiness and is an album that has landed at the right time and in the right place – assuming the Covid-lockdown comes to an end before too long. It’s a celebration of the good times that itches to be heard in a room full of party people that are all looking for fun. And that must pretty much describe all of us by now, after such a long estrangement from humid dancefloors packed with like-minded folk who are out to enjoy themselves and make merry. review


To celebrate the release of the forthcoming new album ‘Addict’, we have teamed up with our friends at Minirig to give away a custom engraved Dub Pistols Minirig 3 Bluetooth Speaker.

To be in with a chance of winning, just click the button below and add you details to the form provided, then click the confirmation link you’ll receive over email and your name will be added to the prize draw on 23rd October.

We’ll email the winner to let them know they’ve won.

Barry Ashworth Dub Pistols – on the Friday Breakfast Show

Barry Ashworth Dub Pistols – Joins Tring Radio on the Friday Breakfast Show this week for an exclusive interview prior to his Charity Flying Circus Wing Walk for “Tonic” – the brilliant music industry charity for mental health and to talk about the Brilliant new Dub Pistols Album and about working with Rhoda Dakar from the 2 Tone band The Bodysnatchers and the legendary Terry Hall from the Specials.

Flying Circus Update

With 1 week to go, Barry’s Flying Circus have collectively raised £15,000 for Tonic Music for Mental Health! WOW!
Thank you so much to everyone who has donated so far, this is just phenomenal for Tonic and we are thankful for your support 💙
Join patron Barry Ashworth on Friday at 6pm as he goes live & direct to reach his £20,000 target.
To support Barry please follow link 👇

This Friday Barry will be live on the Dub Pistols Facebook page from 6pm until 7pm please join him and help spread the word