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", and had a "more focused and informed political and social stance" than 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 number one in the UK. In 1981, the unemployment-themed single "Ghost Town" also hit number one in the UK Singles Chart.
- Clips (8)Latest Clip'Ghost Town' - "What a statement!"
- TracksLast Played on BBC
- Events12 Jul - Kew Gardens, London, UK
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- 'Ghost Town' - "What a statement!"http://ichef.bbci.co.uk/images/ic/240x135/p017550c.jpg2013-04-02T17:00:00ZContributor Colin talks about the political statement behind The Specials' number onehttp://www.bbc.co.uk/music/artists/07eb40a2-2914-439c-a01d-15a685b84ddf?clipfocus=p01758dhSelected ClipSelected ClipAudio 15 s
'Ghost Town' - "What a statement!"
- "It WAS like a Ghost Town"http://ichef.bbci.co.uk/images/ic/240x135/p01754v2.jpg2013-04-02T15:46:00ZContributor Angie talks about how Coventry was exactly as it was described in The Specials' number one single, Ghost Townhttp://www.bbc.co.uk/music/artists/07eb40a2-2914-439c-a01d-15a685b84ddf?clipfocus=p01754vqSelected ClipSelected ClipAudio 15 s
"It WAS like a Ghost Town"
- Terry Hall with a Specials updatehttp://ichef.bbci.co.uk/images/ic/240x135/p02cl26y.jpg2012-09-26T23:00:49ZThe Specials' singer Terry Hall, Norman Jay and Don Letts took to the decks on Wednesday 26 October at the Garage in London, to honour clothing company Fred Perry's 60th Anniversary. Here he tells 6 Music's Georgie Rogers about preparing for his DJ set, future Specials plans and his dislike of Mumford and Sons.http://www.bbc.co.uk/music/artists/07eb40a2-2914-439c-a01d-15a685b84ddf?clipfocus=p00z28mpSelected ClipSelected ClipAudio 3 mins
Terry Hall with a Specials update
- The Specials - Interview with Steve Lamacqhttp://ichef.bbci.co.uk/images/ic/240x135/p02cbq12.jpg2011-08-30T17:45:00ZThe Specials singer Terry Hall and founder Jerry Dammers speak to Steve Lamacq about making the band's classic debut album.http://www.bbc.co.uk/music/artists/07eb40a2-2914-439c-a01d-15a685b84ddf?clipfocus=p00k3tnmSelected ClipSelected ClipAudio 44 mins
The Specials - Interview with Steve Lamacq
- The Specials - Concrete Junglehttp://ichef.bbci.co.uk/images/ic/240x135/p02c9tv3.jpg2011-07-24T23:00:00ZThe specials talk about and perform their Concrete Jungle, in the words of Roddy Radiation, who wrote it 'a song about going up and getting beaten up'http://www.bbc.co.uk/music/artists/07eb40a2-2914-439c-a01d-15a685b84ddf?clipfocus=p00jd840Selected ClipSelected ClipVideo 4 mins
The Specials - Concrete Jungle
- Tour of Two Tone HQhttp://ichef.bbci.co.uk/images/ic/240x135/p02c9ttx.jpg2011-07-24T23:00:00ZWe join NME journalist Adrian Thrills on an impromtu visit to Two Tone HQ in 1980. Taken from the BBC Arena Film Rudies Come Backhttp://www.bbc.co.uk/music/artists/07eb40a2-2914-439c-a01d-15a685b84ddf?clipfocus=p00jd81zSelected ClipSelected ClipVideo 3 mins
Tour of Two Tone HQ
- The Specials- Message to You Rudyhttp://ichef.bbci.co.uk/images/ic/240x135/p02c9ttn.jpg2011-07-24T23:00:00ZThe Specials are filmed for the BBC Arena Rudies Come Back (1980). The band describe 'rude boys' and perform their song Message to You Rudyhttp://www.bbc.co.uk/music/artists/07eb40a2-2914-439c-a01d-15a685b84ddf?clipfocus=p00jd7z2Selected ClipSelected ClipVideo 4 mins
The Specials- Message to You Rudy
- Jerry Dammers talks to Joolshttp://ichef.bbci.co.uk/images/ic/240x135/p02bl2gy.jpg2010-04-24T01:00:00ZJools talks to Jerry Dammers about the pleasures of playing with his Sun Ra-inspired big band. Jerry Dammers appeared on Later... series 36, episode 2.http://www.bbc.co.uk/music/artists/07eb40a2-2914-439c-a01d-15a685b84ddf?clipfocus=p007hc5wSelected ClipSelected ClipVideo 3 mins
Jerry Dammers talks to Jools
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