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Terry Hall

Duration:
1 hour
First broadcast:
Sunday 20 October 2013

Matt Everitt speaks to Terry Hall about the musical moments that shaped his life and career.
As frontman of The Specials Terry Hall represented a kind of detached, dry kind of cool totally at odds with other pop stars of the time.
After leaving the band at the height of their fame in 1981 Terry went on to from Fun Boy Three and The Colourfield - before embarking on a multifarious career that's seen him work with Damon Albarn, Lily Allen, Sinead O'Connor and leap from style to style in way few artists do (or can). All while maintaining this deadpan sense of humour and his own unique vocal style.
Terry doesn't often do interviews, but in this show he talks about his early musical loves growing up in Coventry (Perky and Edith Piaf - which says a lot about him), the early days and huge success of The Specials and the infighting and pressures that led him to quit the band.
He also talks about his passions for Patti Smith, Easy Listening, working with Albarn as a member of Gorillaz and his experience suffering a breakdown ("I refused to take my duffel coats off for eighteen months"). Plus he discusses his reasons behind getting The Specials back together for their triumphant gigs in 2008 and exclusively his plans to start writing songs again.

Music Played

28 items
  • Image for The Specials

    The Specials Rat Race

    EMI

  • Image for The Specials

    The Specials International Jet Set

    MORE SPECIALS, Two Tone

  • Image for Édith Piaf

    Édith Piaf La Vie En Rose

    16 All Time Memories, White Label Recordings, 4

  • Image for The Move

    The Move Fire Brigade

    Sixties Legends (Various Artists), Virgin

  • Image for David Bowie

    David Bowie Kooks

    Hunky Dory, EMI

  • Image for Pink Floyd

    Pink Floyd Echoes - BBC Paris Theatre 1971

  • Image for Richard Hell

    Richard Hell and Voidoids Blank Generation

    Polygram Tv

  • Image for The Specials

    The Specials Gangsters

    Terry Hall - The Collection, Chrysalis

  • Image for The Specials

    The Specials Ghost Town

    The Ultimate Eighties (Various), Hit Records

  • Image for The Specials

    The Specials Blank Expression

    The Best Album Tracks ...Ever! (Various Artists), Virgin

  • Image for Fun Boy Three

    Fun Boy Three The Lunatics (Have Taken Over The Asylum)

    Chrysalis

  • Image for Terry Jacks

    Terry Jacks Seasons In The Sun

    Million Sellers Vol.16 - The Seventie, Disky

  • Image for Terry Hall & Mushtaq

    Terry Hall & Mushtaq A Gathering Storm

    Honest Jon's

  • Image for The Specials

    The Specials Enjoy Yourself (It's Later Than You Think)

    MORE SPECIALS, Chrysalis

  • Image for Jeff Buckley

    Jeff Buckley Grace

    Columbia

  • Image for The Specials

    The Specials Rat Race

    EMI

  • Image for Édith Piaf

    Édith Piaf La Vie En Rose

    Columbia

  • Image for The Move

    The Move Fire Brigade

    Regal Zonophone

  • Image for David Bowie

    David Bowie Kooks

    EMI

  • Image for Richard Hell

    Richard Hell and Voidoids Blank Generation

    Polygram Tv

  • Image for The Special A.K.A.

    The Special A.K.A. Gangsters

    Chrysalis

  • Image for The Specials

    The Specials Ghost Town

    NOW THAT'S WHAT I CALL MUSIC 1981 (VARIOUS), Two Tone, 5

  • Image for The Specials

    The Specials Blank Expression

    The Best Album Tracks ...Ever! (Various Artists), Virgin

  • Image for Fun Boy Three

    Fun Boy Three The Lunatics (Have Taken Over The Asylum)

    Chrysalis

  • Image for Terry Jacks

    Terry Jacks Seasons In The Sun

    Million Sellers Vol.16 - The Seventie, Disky

  • Image for Terry Hall & Mushtaq

    Terry Hall & Mushtaq A Gathering Storm

    Honest Jon's Records

  • Image for The Specials

    The Specials Enjoy Yourself

    Ghost Train, Trojan, 13

  • Image for Jeff Buckley

    Jeff Buckley Grace

    Columbia

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