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Their music combines a "danceable ska and rocksteady beat with punk's energy and attitude". The band wore mod -style "s period rude boy outfits pork pie hatstonic and mohair suits and loafers ". EPMusic At The Court 1 - Van Otterdyke* - Specials No. After this, founder and songwriter Jerry Dammers dissolved the band and pursued political activism.
The group reformed inand have continued to perform and record with varying line-ups, none of them involving Dammers. Sir Horace Gentleman. Strickland was replaced by Terry Hall shortly after the band's formation. The band was first called the Automatics, then the Coventry Automatics. This performance gave the Special AKA a new level of national exposure, and they briefly shared the Clash's management.
The Specials began at the same time as Music At The Court 1 - Van Otterdyke* - Specials Against Racismwhich was first organised in According to Dammers, anti-racism was intrinsic to the formation of the Specials, in that the band was formed with the goal of integrating black and white Music At The Court 1 - Van Otterdyke* - Specials.
Many years later Dammers stated that "Music gets political when there are new ideas in music, Inshortly after drummer Hutchinson left the band to be replaced by John BradburyDammers formed the 2 Tone Records label and released the band's debut single " Gangsters ", a reworking of Prince Buster 's " Al Capone ".
The record became a Top 10 hit that summer. Changing their name to the Specials, they recorded their eponymous debut album inproduced by Elvis Costello. Reverting once again to the name of the Specials, the band's second album, More Specialswas not as commercially successful and was recorded at a time when, according to Hall, conflicts had developed in the band. In the first few Erroll Garner - Misty - Various - Jazz Greatest ofthe band took a break from recording and touring, and then released "Ghost Town", a non-album single, which hit No.
At their Top of Skimask - Angel Of Decay - Implements Pops recording of the song, however, Staple, Hall and Golding announced they were leaving the band.
Golding later said: "We didn't talk to the rest of the guys. We couldn't even stay in the same dressing room. We couldn't even look at each other. We stopped communicating. You only realise what a genius Jerry was years later. At the time, we were on a different planet. For the next few years, the group was in a seemingly constant state of flux. The track describes an incident of date rapeand its frank and harrowing depiction of the matter meant that airplay was severely limited.
Nevertheless, it managed to reach No. The line-up for the single was Rodriguez vocal, tromboneCuthell cornetsDammers keyboardsBradbury drumsShipley guitarreturning bassist Panter, and new additions Satch Dickson and Groco percussion and Anthony Wymshurst guitar.
Rodriguez and the three newcomers were all dropped for the next single, "War Crimes", which brought back Dakar and added new co-vocalists Edgio Newton and Stan Campbell, as well as violinist Nick Parker.
Both critically and commercially, In The Studio was less successful than previous efforts, HURRICANE - LITTLE BLUE CRUNCHY THINGS - SWARM the single "Free Nelson Mandela" was a No. Dammers then dissolved the band and pursued political activism. Since the break-up of the original line-up, various members of the band performed in other bands and have reformed several times to tour and record in Specials-related projects.
However, there has never been a complete reunion of the original line-up. The group ended with Hall's sudden departure, leading to a year rift with Staple. InBradbury, Golding, Panter and Staple teamed up with members of the Beat to form Special Beat,  performing the music of the two bands and other ska and Two Tone classics. The group, undergoing many line-up changes, toured and released several live recordings through the s.
Moving into production and management, Staple "discovered" and produced bhangra pop fusion artist Johnny Zee. Throughout the s and s, Staple would stay active producing and guesting with a variety of artists, including International Beat, Special Beat, Unwritten LawDesorden Publicothe Planet Smashers and others, as well as leading his own bands and starting the Rude Wear clothing line.
He sang with the s Specials line-up, and again from to He joined the s Specials before training as a primary school teacher at the University of Central England in Birmingham.
However, he rejoined the band for their reunion and continues as a member. After Special Beat, he went on to lead the Seattle -based ska groups Stiff Upper Чёрная луна - Агата Кристи - MP3 Коллекция.
Диск 2, and more recently, Pama Internationalas well as many collaborations with other ska bands. He has also toured with the Beat. He joined the s Specials line-up, but left in He rejoined inand continues with the group. He also fronts the Skabilly Rebelsa band Music At The Court 1 - Van Otterdyke* - Specials mixes rockabilly with ska. He joined the s Specials line-up and again incontinuing to He joined Special Beat for several years, then a reformed Selecter, before retiring from music to work as an IT specialist.
From untilHall fronted the Colourfieldwith some commercial success. After they disbanded, Hall pursued a solo career, working mostly in the new wave genre. He co-wrote a number of early Lightning Seeds releases. He also performed some vocals for a Dub Pistols album. He and Eurythmics member David A.
Stewart formed the duo Vegas in the early s, releasing an eponymous album in Hall joined the Specials for their reunion, and continues to perform with them. The first reunion under the Specials name occurred inwhen producer Roger Lomas decided to use the Specials as backing band for a new album by ska legend Desmond Dekker.
Only Golding, Panter, Radiation and Staple were willing to participate. They were joined in the studio by former Selecter drummer Charley Harrington "Aitch" Bembridge, who had also played with soul singer Ray King in the s, who mentored and worked with Dammers, Staple, Golding and Hutchinson in their days before the Specials.
After the Dekker recording was finished, Lomas Music At The Court 1 - Van Otterdyke* - Specials the group back into the studio to Music At The Court 1 - Van Otterdyke* - Specials a number of classic songs from the Trojan Records back catalogue. Two weeks before this project, Golding left the group to concentrate on domestic life in Seattle. Davies, Staple, Radiation and Panter, joined by a group of session musicians, recorded a wealth of tracks that eventually saw release by Trojan sub-label Receiver Records as Skinhead Girl in and Conquering Ruler in The release of the album with Desmond Dekker created some buzz for the band, and led to an Long Time Ago - Otto Hejnic Trio - One from a Japanese promoter to book a tour.
Initially using the names the Coventry Specials, The X Specials and Specials2, they shortly reverted to The Specials after accepting that it was the name promoters were using anyway,   although the line-up was referred E Vara Mea (Versiunea De Album) - Hi-Q - Dă Muzica Mai Tare !!! as Specials MkII by those involved.
The band toured heavily in support of both releases - including headlining the prestigious Vans Warped Tour - and received positive reviews of their live shows. Despite the live success, the band fizzled out after a Japan tour which Panter missed due to illness although limited touring with a different line-up continued into The release of the earlier Trojan sessions, Skinhead Girl in and Conquering Ruler inwould be the last heard from the band for some time.
InHall teamed up with Golding for the first time in 24 years, to play Specials songs at two music festivals.
In MayGolding claimed that Allen's reuniting him with Hall played a "massive part" in the group's later reformation. InGolding regularly performed concerts and recorded with Pama Internationala collective of musicians who were members of Special Beat. On 30 MarchHall stated that the Specials would be reforming for tour dates in autumnand possibly for some recording.
By Decemberthe band had announced tour dates to celebrate their 30th anniversary, although founder member Dammers was not joining the band on the tour. Hall was quoted as saying, "The door remains open to him". The following month, Bradbury and Golding expressed their intentions to release further original Specials material at a later date. In an interview at the Green Room in Manchester in NovemberHall confirmed that there would be further Specials dates in No Sweat - Le Pamplemousse - Sweet Magic autumn ofand confessed to having enjoyed playing live again: "It's a celebration of something that happened in your life that was important, and we're going to do that again next year, but then maybe that'll be it".
I think it is going to be the only chance people get to see the Specials performing in the UK this year. In Augustthe Specials released a new live album, More Or Less. In Januarythe Specials announced the departure of Staple with the following message on their website: "We are very sad Neville cannot join us on the Specials' UK tour in May or indeed on the future projects we have planned.
He has made a huge contribution to the fantastic time and reception we have received since Im The One You Need (Deconstructed Mix) - Various - Disc Drive Version 1.2 started and reformed in However, he missed a number of key shows last year due to ill health, and his health is obviously much more important.
We wish him the very best for the future". In Februaryit was revealed that Roddy Radiation had left the reformed group. Drummer John Bradbury died on 28 December at the age of On 22 Marchthe Specials announced that The Libertines drummer Gary Powell would be performing on their upcoming tours.
On 29 Octoberthe Paraguay - Los 3 Paraguayos - Los 3 Paraguayos announced a forthcoming UK tour in to coincide with the release of a new album, Encore. From Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia.
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