History Music / TheSpecials

13th May '17 1:22:18 PM nombretomado
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Popular in their day, many of their lyrics were socially and politically conscious. Their number-one hits, ''Too Much Too Young'' and ''Ghost Town'' encouraged contraception and attacked the [[MargaretThatcher Thatcher government]] for its role in creating unemployment respectively. Dammers was also strongly anti-racist and he wanted to use his music to promote racial harmony and attack the [[ThoseWackyNazis National Front]]. The music itself was generally standard ska fare, characterised by syncopated guitar chops, energetic hammond organ accompaniments and reasonably simple horn arrangements; trombone player Rico Rodriguez had played with several first wave ska artists in Jamaica before he moved to the UK. As front man, Terry Hall had a sarcastic, expressionless delivery which contrasted with the energetic, wacky toasting style of Neville Staple.

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Popular in their day, many of their lyrics were socially and politically conscious. Their number-one hits, ''Too Much Too Young'' and ''Ghost Town'' encouraged contraception and attacked the [[MargaretThatcher [[UsefulNotes/MargaretThatcher Thatcher government]] for its role in creating unemployment respectively. Dammers was also strongly anti-racist and he wanted to use his music to promote racial harmony and attack the [[ThoseWackyNazis National Front]]. The music itself was generally standard ska fare, characterised by syncopated guitar chops, energetic hammond organ accompaniments and reasonably simple horn arrangements; trombone player Rico Rodriguez had played with several first wave ska artists in Jamaica before he moved to the UK. As front man, Terry Hall had a sarcastic, expressionless delivery which contrasted with the energetic, wacky toasting style of Neville Staple.



* GhostTown: They wrote the song which provides the page quotation as a critique of the policies of MargaretThatcher.

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* GhostTown: They wrote the song which provides the page quotation as a critique of the policies of MargaretThatcher.UsefulNotes/MargaretThatcher.



* TakeThat: Most of what Jerry Dammers wrote was a Take That against somebody, be it MargaretThatcher, the National Front, women in general or the band's own fans.
* TheVillainSucksSong: Their cover version of Music/BobDylan's "Maggie's Farm" was targeted squarely at MargaretThatcher.

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* TakeThat: Most of what Jerry Dammers wrote was a Take That against somebody, be it MargaretThatcher, UsefulNotes/MargaretThatcher, the National Front, women in general or the band's own fans.
* TheVillainSucksSong: Their cover version of Music/BobDylan's "Maggie's Farm" was targeted squarely at MargaretThatcher.UsefulNotes/MargaretThatcher.
11th Dec '16 3:39:05 PM Exxolon
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->''This town (town) is coming like a ghost town,\\
All the clubs have been closed down.\\
This place (town) is coming like a ghost town,\\
Bands won't play no more, too much fighting on the dance floor.''
-->"Ghost Town"
29th Oct '16 2:33:10 PM LondonKdS
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* CoolOldGuy: They recruited the original 1960s Jamaican ska trombonist Rico Rodriguez to play with them, notably including the famous trombone part on "Ghost Town".



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16th Feb '16 8:16:54 AM Dravencour
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* TheBabyTrap: The song "Stupid Marriage" is about a young woman who does this to get a guy to marry her.
31st Jan '16 3:35:09 PM Q4
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The band released two albums and seven consecutive top ten singles before breaking up in 1981 when Hall, Staple and Golding left to form a new group (Fun Boy Three), Roddy Radiation struck out on his own and Horace Panter decided to quit. Reverting back to the original name of the Special AKA, Dammers kept the band going long enough to make a third, less successful album (though the single "Nelson Mandela" was a hit), and the group had disappeared by the mid-1980s. After several attempts to get the band back together during TheNineties, the Specials reformed in 2009 with their original line-up and a new horn section, but Jerry Dammers himself was conspicuously absent.

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The band released two albums and seven consecutive top ten singles before breaking up in 1981 when Hall, Staple and Golding left to form a new group (Fun Boy Three), (Music/TheFunBoyThree), Roddy Radiation struck out on his own and Horace Panter decided to quit. Reverting back to the original name of the Special AKA, Dammers kept the band going long enough to make a third, less successful album (though the single "Nelson Mandela" was a hit), and the group had disappeared by the mid-1980s. After several attempts to get the band back together during TheNineties, the Specials reformed in 2009 with their original line-up and a new horn section, but Jerry Dammers himself was conspicuously absent.
29th Dec '15 7:12:23 PM Quag15
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Their drummer, John Bradbury, died at the age of 62 on December 28 of 2015.

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Their drummer, John Bradbury, died at the age of 62 on December 28 of 2015.
2015. Three months earlier, Rico, the trombonist, had passed away.
29th Dec '15 7:10:41 PM Quag15
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Their drummer, John Bradbury, died at the age of 62 on the penultimate day of 2015.

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Their drummer, John Bradbury, died at the age of 62 on the penultimate day December 28 of 2015.
29th Dec '15 7:09:27 PM Quag15
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Their drummer, John Bradbury, died at the age of 62 on the penultimate day of 2015.
15th Oct '15 3:07:40 AM moloch
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Keyboard player Jerry Dammers was undoubtedly the driving force behind the band and perhaps even the entire 2 tone movement. As one of the founders of 2 Tone Records, Dammers provided a springboard for many aspiring ska groups thanks to the 2 Tone policy of contracting an artist for one single with no obligation to produce further records for the label. Bands who benefitted from these unconventional arrangements included {{Music/Madness}} and the EnglishBeat, both of whom released successful debut singles under the 2 Tone label before moving on to different companies.

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Keyboard player Jerry Dammers was undoubtedly the driving force behind the band and perhaps even the entire 2 tone movement. As one of the founders of 2 Tone Records, Dammers provided a springboard for many aspiring ska groups thanks to the 2 Tone policy of contracting an artist for one single with no obligation to produce further records for the label. Bands who benefitted from these unconventional arrangements included {{Music/Madness}} and the EnglishBeat, The Beat, both of whom released successful debut singles under the 2 Tone label before moving on to different companies.
14th Apr '15 6:06:12 AM DrImpossible
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No relation to the film.

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[[Film/TheSpecials No relation to the film.
film.]]
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