Are they still together? I don’t think so. Perhaps minus Jerry Dammers?
Did you ever see them play live? Yes, once. Long ago. (I think…)
Anything you want / need by them? Maybe some UK 7” singles.
You really should own / hear:
- The Specials (1980)
- More Specials (1980)
- Singles Collection (1991)
Coventry’s finest! I heard the debut album under reasonably unusual circumstances – in France. Love the singles. I believe I saw them live years ago, but…am I confusing myself with the many live videos I have seen by The Specials. Madness – definitely, but did I go back and see The Specials too? And it never mattered to me that their debut LP was produced by Elvis Costello – I know that mattered to some people at the time.
What a crime that there isn’t a whole album to go with “Ghost Town”, eh? All 3 tracks of that 12” single are on the “Singles Collection”, which I highly recommend.
I did try to follow Terry Hall, through Fun Boy Three to Colourfield to Terry, Blair & Anouchka. I certainly kept a career-spanning compilation CD on him that I found. I sold a CD original copy of the Terry, Blair & Anouchka album for a lot of money, a while back – I guess it wasn’t so widely distributed?
I got the 2CD Two Tone collection a while back, and was surprised at how good a lot of the stuff they released was – I guess Jerry Dammers had pretty good taste, when it came to who to sign / produce etc. But for me, The Specials were the best artist on Two Tone.
Side Two of “More Specials” was also a bit perplexing at the time – “Easy Listening” Specials? But Side One was amazing. And fairly easy to go for all of the debut album, despite the ‘thin’ sound.