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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", and had a "more focused and informed political and social stance" than other ska groups. The band wore mod-style "1960s period rude boy outfits (pork pie hats, tonic and mohair suits, and loafers)." In 1980, the song "Too Much Too Young", the lead track on their The Special AKA Live! EP, reached number one in the UK. In 1981, the unemployment-themed single "Ghost Town" also hit number one in the UK Singles Chart. After seven consecutive UK Top 10 singles between 1979 and 1981, the band broke up. Their 1983 song "Free Nelson Mandela" was a No. 9 UK hit. It contributed to making Mandela a cause célèbre in the United Kingdom, and became popular with anti-Apartheid activists.

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Vote for Me [2018]

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Vote for Me5:01

Classic 80's [Rhino] [2015]

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Ghost Town3:39

Smash Hits '80s Annual [2014]

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Ghost Town3:39

The 80s, Pt. 2 [2014]

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Ghost Town3:40

The Suggs Selection [2014]

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Do Nothing3:44

100 Hits: 80s Chartbusters [2013]

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Rat Race3:10

The '80s: Toyboy [2012]

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Ghost Town3:51

Best of British [2011]

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Ghost Town3:38

I Melt With You [2011]

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Do the Dog2:09

Massive Hits! Eighties [2011]

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Rat Race3:11

101 80's Anthems [2010]

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Ghost Town3:40

Sunshine Reggae Hits [2010]

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Dirty Old Town3:32

Beginners Guide to Ska [2009]

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Ghost Town5:56

Original Hits: Eighties [2009]

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Ghost Town3:42

Smash Hits 1981 [2009]

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Ghost Town 

The Tiswas Album [2009]

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Too Much Too Young2:05

Legendary Decades [2008]

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Ghost Town3:38

Legendary Party [2008]

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Too Much Too Young6:04

Playlist: Reggae [2008]

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Too Much Too Young2:05

Summer Reggae [2008]

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A Message to You Rudy2:51

This Is 1980 [2008]

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Too Much Too Young2:05

This Is 1981 [2008]

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Ghost Town3:40

Top of the Pops 1981 [2008]

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Ghost Town3:41

101 70s Hits [2007]

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Gangsters2:47

Essential 80s [EMI Gold] [2007]

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Ghost Town3:41

Light Your Light [2007]

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Guns of Navarone3:19

Monster New Wave Hits [2007]

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Ghost Town5:16

Pure: 70s [EMI] [2007]

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Nite Klub3:10

Pure: 80s [EMI] [2007]

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Ghost Town3:40

The Original 80s Box Set [2007]

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Ghost Town3:41

This Is England [2007]

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Do the Dog2:09

This is Crucial Reggae [2007]

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Jamaica Ska2:23

Back to Mine [2006]

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A Message to You Rudy2:50

In Memoriam: 1941-2006 [2006]

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Jamaica Ska2:30

Punk Rock [Universal] [2006]

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Gangsters 

80's Generation [2005]

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Ghost Town 

A Kick Up the 80s [2005]

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Ghost Town3:41

Darcy's Wild Life [2005]

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Monkey Man2:35

Greatest Pop Icons [2005]

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Ghost Town3:38

Haunted House Party [2005]

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Ghost Town5:59

Shaun of the Dead [2005]

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Ghost Town5:30

Ska: A.K.A. [2005]

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A Message to You Rudy2:54

Everyone's a Winner [2004]

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Ghost Town 

Heroes [Sony] [2004]

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Gangsters2:46

Too Much Two Tone [2004]

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Nite Klub 
Rat Race 

Back to Mine [2003]

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Blank Expression2:07

Badmeaningood [2003]

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Ghost Town5:20

The Original 80's Album [2003]

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Rat Race3:08

Greatest Hits Video's [2002]

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Ghost Town 

New Wave Greats [2002]

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Ghost Town 

Q Anthems [2002]

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Ghost Town3:39

Rude Boy Revival [2002]

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Ghost Town3:39

Ultra Chilled, Vol. 2 [2002]

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Ghost Town5:24

Greatest Number 1's Ever [2001]

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Ghost Town3:38

Modmania [2001]

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Message to You Rudy2:53

Reggae Vibrations [2001]

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Ghost Town 

Snatch [2001]

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Ghost Town5:50

Film 2000 [2000]

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Ghost Town [Snatch Mix]3:38

Totally 80s [EMI] [2000]

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Ghost Town3:41

Why?2K [2000]

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Ghost Town3:40

Double Shot: New Wave [1999]

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Ghost Town3:40

Eighties Complete [CD2] [1999]

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Ghost Town3:44

Non-Stop 70's Party [1999]

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Nite Klub2:48

Now: 1981 [2 CD] [1999]

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Ghost Town3:39

Pop & Wave, Vol. 8 [1999]

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Ghost Town5:56

Rage the Album [1999]

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Ghost Town5:57

Theory of Flight [1999]

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It's You3:08

Wow That Was the 70's [1999]

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Gangsters2:46

Double Barrel [1998]

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Monkey Man4:53

Grosse Pointe Blank [1997]

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Pressure Drop4:18

Once in a Lifetime [1997]

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Ghost Town 

Lost Property [1996]

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Ghost Town3:39

Ska [1996]

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Gangsters [Live]2:34

This Is the 80's [Alex] [1996]

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Ghost Town3:39

Trojan Jungle [1996]

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Concrete Jungle4:35

Loaded, Vol. 1 [1995]

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Ghost Town3:40

Bonanza Ska [1992]

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Monkey Man3:00

In the Studio [1984]

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Housebound 

Ska

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Gangsters2:32

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