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YMMV: The Specials

The Band

  • Anvilicious: Quite a few of their more politically charged songs ended up like this. The most anvilicious of them all, though, are probably Racist Friend and War Crimes.
  • Big Lipped Alligator Moment: The song "Holiday Fortnight" on the second album is an easy listening Latin jazz instrumental, at right angles to the style of the rest of the record.
  • Covered Up: Their version of "A Message to You Rudy". Two of their earlier songs, "Gangsters" and "Too Much Too Young", also borrowed heavily from earlier Jamaican ska songs.
  • Face of the Band: Mostly Terry Hall and Neville Staple. Also, Jerry Dammers after Terry and Neville left.
  • Narm: While Jerry Dammers was a talented songwriter, some of his lyrics could leave something to be desired.
  • Nightmare Fuel: "The Boiler".

The Movie

  • Fridge Horror: Nightbird's power: she lays eggs, each of which supposedly contains a "trick" (i.e., knock-out gas or explosives). The horror comes in when you think about how this would work in a fight, and remember what part of the body eggs usually come...
  • Moe: Nightbird.


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