1 x 60’
Genre: Music Concert
The Specials, sometimes called The Special AKA, are an English 2 Tone ska revival band formed in 1977 in Coventry, England. Their music combines a danceable ska and rocksteady beat with punk’s energy and attitude. It also has a more focused and informed political and social stance than other ska groups.
The group was formed by songwriter/keyboardist Jerry Dammers, with Terry Hall (vocals), Lynval Golding (guitar, vocals) and a rhythm section. The band wore mod-style 60s outfits including porkpie hats, tonic and mohair suits and loafers.
In 1979, the song “Too Much Too Young” reached the number one spot in the UK. In 1981, the unemployment-themed single “Ghost Town” also hit number one in the UK. Their music is feature in film and television soundtracks. After seven consecutive UK Top 10 singles between 1979 and 1981, the band broke up. In 2008, it was announced that the band would reform and embark on a 30th anniversary tour in 2009.
The footage from the concert was taken from a live performance in Wolverhampton where The Specials will revisit their back catalogue, which includes Stereotype and Gangsters.
Year Produced: 2009
Rights Available: WW TV, VOD, Broadband
Formats Available: High Definition