The Specials
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1977
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The Specials Biography (Wikipedia)

The Specials, also known as The Special AKA, are an English 2 Tone and ska revival band formed in 1977 in Coventry. Their music combines a "danceable ska and rocksteady beat with punk's energy and attitude". Lyrically they present a "more focused and informed political and social stance" than most other ska groups.

The band wore mod-style "1960s period rude boy outfits (pork pie hats, tonic and mohair suits and loafers)". In 1980, the song "Too Much Too Young", the lead track on their The Special AKA Live! EP, reached No. 1 in the UK. In 1981, the unemployment-themed single "Ghost Town" also hit No. 1 in the UK Singles Chart.

After seven consecutive UK Top 10 singles between 1979 and 1981, three members of the group abruptly left to form Fun Boy Three. 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.

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A Message To You, Rudy (feat. Rico Rodriguez)
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A Message To You, Rudy (feat. Rico Rodriguez)
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Free Nelson Mandela
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Free Nelson Mandela
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Do Nothing
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Do Nothing
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Too Much Too Young
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Too Much Too Young
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Sock It To 'Em J.B.
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Sock It To 'Em J.B.
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Ghost Town
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Ghost Town
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Monkey Man
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Monkey Man
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Do Nothing (feat. Rico With The Ice Rink String Sounds)
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Do Nothing (feat. Rico With The Ice Rink String Sounds)
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Rat Race (Live from Colchester Institute, 21/01/1980)
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Rat Race (Live from Colchester Institute, 21/01/1980)
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Rude Boys Outta Jail (Radio 1 Session, 15 Oct 1979)
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Rude Boys Outta Jail (Radio 1 Session, 15 Oct 1979)
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Long Shot Kick The Bucket/Liquidator/Skinhead Moonstomp (Radio 1 Session, 15 Oct 1979)
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Long Shot Kick The Bucket/Liquidator/Skinhead Moonstomp (Radio 1 Session, 15 Oct 1979)
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Rudi, a Message to You
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