Specials, The


Artist: Specials, The
Label: Chrysalis
Year: 1978
Genre: Reggae; Rock; Ska
URL: http://musicbrainz.org/release/f8d1558b-f122-39f6-a0aa-8f7a0ec08aae.html##MusicBrainz
Producer: Costello, Elvis


Title Artist Length
A Message to You Rudy The Specials 2:53::The Specials
Do the Dog The Specials 2:11::The Specials
It’s Up to You The Specials 3:25::The Specials
Nite Klub The Specials 3:24::The Specials
Doesn’t Make It Alright The Specials 3:26::The Specials
Concrete Jungle The Specials 3:21::The Specials
Too Hot The Specials 3:11::The Specials
Monkey Man The Specials 2:45::The Specials
(Dawning of A) New Era The Specials 2:27::The Specials
Blank Expression The Specials 2:44::The Specials
Stupid Marriage The Specials 3:51::The Specials
Too Much Too Young The Specials 2:16::The Specials
Gangsters The Specials 2:46::The Specials
Little Bitch The Specials 2:33::The Specials
You’re Wondering Now The Specials 2:37::The Specials


Rating: 5 stars
Purchase Date: 08/12/2017
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The Specials, also known as The Special AKA, are an English 2 Tone and ska revival band formed in 1977 in Coventry.[1] Their music combines a "danceable ska and rocksteady beat with punk's energy and attitude".[2] Lyrically they present a "more focused and informed political and social stance". The band wore mod-style "1960s period rude boy outfits (pork pie hats, tonic and mohair suits and loafers)".[3] In 1980, the song "Too Much Too Young", the lead track on their The Special AKA Live! EP, reached No. 1 in the UK.[4] In 1981, the unemployment-themed single "Ghost Town" also hit No. 1 in the UK Singles Chart.[1] After seven consecutive UK Top 10 singles between 1979 and 1981, three members of the group abruptly left to form Fun Boy Three.[1] Continuing on as "The Special AKA" (a name they used frequently on earlier Specials releases), a substantially revised Specials line-up issued new material through 1984, including the top 10 UK hit single "Free Nelson Mandela". Afterwards, founder and songwriter Jerry Dammers dissolved the band and pursued political activism.[5] The group reformed in 1993, and have continued to perform and record with varying line-ups (but without Dammers).