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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.

After seven consecutive UK Top 10 singles between 1979 and 1981, several members of the group abruptly left to form the Fun Boy Three. Continuing on as "The Special AKA" (a name they used frequently on earlier Specials releases), a substantially revised Specials lineup 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.

The group reformed in 1993, and have continued to perform and record with varying lineups (but without Dammers).

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Discography

Album

Year Title Artist Rating Releases
1984 In the Studio The Special A.K.A. 2

Single

Year Title Artist Rating Releases
1982 The Boiler Rhoda with The Special A.K.A. 1
1982 War Crimes The Special A.K.A. 2
1983 Racist Friend / Bright Lights The Special A.K.A. 1
1984 Nelson Mandela The Special A.K.A. 2
1984 What I Like Most About You Is Your Girlfriend The Special A.K.A. 1

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