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On Wednesday December 12 The Specials join Steve Lamacq at our world famous Maida Vale studios for a very err…special live session full of festive cheer.

To celebrate such a legendary band gracing 6 Music's airwaves, we thought we thought what better time to ask you to put together the Ultimate Specials Playlist for two hours this Sunday evening?

We don't have to tell you how important The Specials are - after forming in 1977 their music captured the political & social tensions the early 1980s in a string of brilliant Top 10 singles before their split in 1984.

Their unique style is instantly recognizable and put 2-Tone and ska in the hearts of many a British music fan.

But, for the Ultimate Specials Playlist what do you think we simply must include?

It could be:
* Your favourite Specials tracks, b-side and rarities
* The music that inspired them, from Prince Buster to Toots & The Maytals
* Collaborators and conspirators from The Clash, to Chrissie Hynde, Elvis Costello to Belinda Carlisle
* Terry Hall's other work, from Fun Boy Three and The Dub Pistols to his perhaps his collaborations with Damon Albarn and Tricky?
* Other pioneers of 2-Tone & ska scene from Madness and The Beat to The Selecter and Bad Manners
* Other iconic Midland musicians - from Ozzy Osbourne to Mike Skinner

You need to tell us what to play so leave a comment on our Facebook page or this blog, Tweet #Specials6Music, send us an e-mailor drag a track onto our Spotify playlist.

And remember, if you're a Specials fan, tune in on Sunday at 6pm. Pork pie hats optional.

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  • Comment number 19. Posted by Devine

    on 9 Dec 2012 19:13

    Hope I'm not too late!
    How's about Do the Dog? For me, this always signifies the Specials on stage, let the skanking begin!
    Free Nelson Mandela or
    Lunatics have taken over the asylum to show support of the post-Specials
    Rub up, push up Justin Hinds....some smooth, skanking, original ska

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  • Comment number 18. Posted by foggo123

    on 9 Dec 2012 19:07

    Madness the prince , on the 2 tone label

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  • Comment number 17. Posted by Skoobovich

    on 9 Dec 2012 19:05

    How about the Colour Field cover of 'Windmills of your mind' - reminds me of first being a student in Nottingham and me mate Miles.

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  • Comment number 16. Posted by foggo123

    on 9 Dec 2012 18:26

    Sock it to em jb what with the bond anniversay

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  • Comment number 15. Posted by futoomph

    on 9 Dec 2012 18:11

    Ultra Modern Nursery Rhyme by Terry, Blair & Anouchka - don't know much about the group or the rest of their songs, but this was an interesting move for Terry Hall.

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  • Comment number 14. Posted by The Specials 2

    on 9 Dec 2012 15:52

    Hi we represent The Specials fans site www.thespecials2.com

    can you play either Longshit Kick The Bucket/Liquidator/skinhead moonstomp OR Sea Cruise with Rico from the BBC Peel Sessions please.Thanks

    Specials2

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  • Comment number 13. Posted by nickh

    on 7 Dec 2012 21:06

    1. Andy & Joey - You’re Wondering Now
    3. The Ethiopians - Train to Skaville
    2. Symarip - Skinhead Moonstomp
    3. Prince Buster - Al Capone
    4. The Pioneers - Long Shot Kick De Bucket
    5. The Upsetters - Guns of Navarone
    7. The Specials - Gangsters
    8. The Specials - Stupid Marriage
    9. The Specials - Nite Klub
    10. The Specials - Rat Race
    11. The Specials - Stereotypes
    12. The Specials - International Jet Set
    13. The Specials - Ghost Town
    14. The Specials - Free Nelson Mandela
    15. The Specials - The Skinhead Symphony

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  • Comment number 12. Posted by Ralphie

    on 7 Dec 2012 19:39

    Little Bitch, Nite Club (Live), Inner London Violence (Bad Manners), Twist and Crawl ) (The Beat - Dub Version), This and That (Terry Hall And Mushtaq), The Problem Is (Terry Hall & The Dub Pistols), Stupid Marriage, 007 /Shanty Town (The Bodysnatchers)

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  • Comment number 11. Posted by Jeffro_here

    on 7 Dec 2012 18:28

    Blank Expression, A Message To You Rudy, Longshot Kick De Bucket, Pearls Cafe.

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  • Comment number 10. Posted by jcolombi

    on 7 Dec 2012 18:21

    Tracks in Order they should be played!

    1.) A Message To You Rudy
    2.) Racist Friend
    3.) 54-46 - Toots and The Maytals
    4.) Guns Of Brixton - The Clash
    5.) Something by Jimmy Cliff
    6.) Why?
    7.) Nite Klub
    8.) Sterotype
    9.) Rat Race
    10.) My Girl - Madness
    11.) Lip Up Fatty - Bad Manners
    12.) On My Radio - The Selector
    13.) To Much Too Young
    14.) Rude Boys Outta Jail
    15.) Maggies Farm
    16.) Friday Night, Saturday Morning
    17.) Long Shot Kick De Bucket - The Pioneers
    18.) Guns of Navarone - The Skalites
    19.) The Isralites - Desmond Dekker
    20.) Do The Dog
    21.) Monkey Man ft Amy Winehouse (live)

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