What does it sound like?:
From their first single (on their own label) in 1979 to their (slightly messy, but politically infused) break-up of the original line-up, The Specials packed a lot into their original 3 year incarnation (before splintering to Fun Boy Three and the Dammers-helmed Special AKA). A short period of time between the mashed-up ska-punk of “Gangsters” and the downbeat commentary of “Ghost Town”. They also managed two albums, and both are deemed (and rightly so) as classic of the time.
And now 40 years later, they’re back (in somewhat reduced original membership form). But … this aint no nostalgic re-tread, they have actually got something to say (even if it a very similar conversation to 40 years ago)
More laid-back than ‘The Specials’ and ‘More Specials’, but echoes of their past filter through everything. It may not have the energy of the debut – indeed it’s more in the late period Ghost Town vein. Songs with a message delivered carefully and concisely so you get the point, but still find your self bouncing and/or nodding to the infectious beat behind. The upbeat punky-ska party can be found on the accompanying Live disk where you’ll find » Continue Reading.