!!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''.
* BigLippedAlligatorMoment: 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.
* CoveredUp: 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.
* FaceOfTheBand: 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.
** NarmCharm: But that's what makes it so... [[JustForPun special]].
* NightmareFuel: "The Boiler".
* ValuesDissonance: For being a such a socially & politically-conscious group, several of the songs off their debut (particularly "Stupid Marriage", "Little Bitch" and "Too Much Too Young") show a negative and often derogatory attitude towards women.

!!The Film
* AwesomeMusic: It's Creator/JamesGunn, so he's going to bring a really great soundtrack. First, he sets the tone with [[https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=DKxXHEx-XnU "Better Days (And the Bottom Drops Out"]], establishing that The Specials are not in great shape and the bottom is about to drop out. And the first sign that they're going to be okay? The impromptu dance performance to the novelty hit [[https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=16kh-AP4OCU "Life is a Rock, but the Radio Rolled Me."]]
* HilariousInHindsight:
** Rob Lowe playing a slimy, amoral jerk who ends up being "the other man" by having an affair with a married woman, causing chaos among the cast, and not feeling a bit sorry about all the damage he caused? Gee, sounds like his guest appearance on ''Series/TheOrville.''
** The next time Gunn got "the sixth or seventh best team" in the universe, that universe was the Franchise/MarvelCinematicUniverse, and said team was the Film/GuardiansOfTheGalaxy. Like the Specials, they're definitely the "oddball, the rebel, the outcast, the geek!"