The Specials
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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. After some early changes, the first stable lineup of the group consisted of Terry Hall and Neville Staple on vocals, Lynval Golding and Roddy Radiation on guitars, Horace Panter on bass, Jerry Dammers on keyboards, John Bradbury on drums, and Dick Cuthell and Rico Rodriguez on horns. 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".

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 Singles Chart. In 1981, the recession-themed single "Ghost Town" also hit No. 1 in the UK.

After seven consecutive UK Top 10 singles between 1979 and 1981, main lead vocalists Hall and Staple, along with guitarist Golding, left to form Fun Boy Three. Continuing 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". After this, founder and songwriter Jerry Dammers dissolved the band and pursued political activism.

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A Message To Rudy
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Vote For Me
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Vote For Me
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Do Nothing
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Do Nothing
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Friday Night, Saturday Morning
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Friday Night, Saturday Morning
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Gangsters
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Gangsters
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Ghost Town (Extended Version)
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Ghost Town (Extended Version)
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Man At C&A
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Man At C&A
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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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Ghost Town (Single Edit)
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Ghost Town (Single Edit)
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Concrete Jungle (Radio 1 Session, 23rd May 1979)
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Concrete Jungle (Radio 1 Session, 23rd May 1979)
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Too Much Too Young (Radio 1 Session, 23rd May 1979)
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Too Much Too Young (Radio 1 Session, 23rd May 1979)
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Monkey Man (Radio 1 Session, 23rd May 1979)
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Monkey Man (Radio 1 Session, 23rd May 1979)
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Gangsters (Radio 1 Session, 23rd May 1979)
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Gangsters (Radio 1 Session, 23rd May 1979)
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Ghost Town
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Ghost Town
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Do Nothing
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Do Nothing
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Concrete Jungle
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Concrete Jungle
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Hey, Little Rich Girl
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Hey, Little Rich Girl
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Rat Race
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