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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]

Vote for Me
SongDuration
Vote for Me5:01

Classic 80's [Rhino] [2015]

Classic 80's [Rhino]
SongDuration
Ghost Town3:39

Smash Hits '80s Annual [2014]

Smash Hits '80s Annual
SongDuration
Ghost Town3:39

The 80s, Pt. 2 [2014]

The 80s, Pt. 2
SongDuration
Ghost Town3:40

The Suggs Selection [2014]

The Suggs Selection
SongDuration
Do Nothing3:44

100 Hits: 80s Chartbusters [2013]

100 Hits: 80s Chartbusters
SongDuration
Rat Race3:10

The '80s: Toyboy [2012]

The '80s: Toyboy
SongDuration
Ghost Town3:51

Best of British [2011]

Best of British
SongDuration
Ghost Town3:38

I Melt With You [2011]

I Melt With You
SongDuration
Do the Dog2:09

Massive Hits! Eighties [2011]

Massive Hits! Eighties
SongDuration
Rat Race3:11

101 80's Anthems [2010]

101 80's Anthems
SongDuration
Ghost Town3:40

Sunshine Reggae Hits [2010]

Sunshine Reggae Hits
SongDuration
Dirty Old Town3:32

Beginners Guide to Ska [2009]

Beginners Guide to Ska
SongDuration
Ghost Town5:56

Original Hits: Eighties [2009]

Original Hits: Eighties
SongDuration
Ghost Town3:42

Smash Hits 1981 [2009]

Smash Hits 1981
SongDuration
Ghost Town 

The Tiswas Album [2009]

The Tiswas Album
SongDuration
Too Much Too Young2:05

Legendary Decades [2008]

Legendary Decades
SongDuration
Ghost Town3:38

Legendary Party [2008]

Legendary Party
SongDuration
Too Much Too Young6:04

Playlist: Reggae [2008]

Playlist: Reggae
SongDuration
Too Much Too Young2:05

Summer Reggae [2008]

Summer Reggae
SongDuration
A Message to You Rudy2:51

This Is 1980 [2008]

This Is 1980
SongDuration
Too Much Too Young2:05

This Is 1981 [2008]

This Is 1981
SongDuration
Ghost Town3:40

Top of the Pops 1981 [2008]

Top of the Pops 1981
SongDuration
Ghost Town3:41

101 70s Hits [2007]

101 70s Hits
SongDuration
Gangsters2:47

Essential 80s [EMI Gold] [2007]

Essential 80s [EMI Gold]
SongDuration
Ghost Town3:41

Light Your Light [2007]

Light Your Light
SongDuration
Guns of Navarone3:19

Monster New Wave Hits [2007]

Monster New Wave Hits
SongDuration
Ghost Town5:16

Pure: 70s [EMI] [2007]

Pure: 70s [EMI]
SongDuration
Nite Klub3:10

Pure: 80s [EMI] [2007]

Pure: 80s [EMI]
SongDuration
Ghost Town3:40

The Original 80s Box Set [2007]

The Original 80s Box Set
SongDuration
Ghost Town3:41

This Is England [2007]

This Is England
SongDuration
Do the Dog2:09

This is Crucial Reggae [2007]

This is Crucial Reggae
SongDuration
Jamaica Ska2:23

Back to Mine [2006]

Back to Mine
SongDuration
A Message to You Rudy2:50

In Memoriam: 1941-2006 [2006]

In Memoriam: 1941-2006
SongDuration
Jamaica Ska2:30

Punk Rock [Universal] [2006]

Punk Rock [Universal]
SongDuration
Gangsters 

80's Generation [2005]

80's Generation
SongDuration
Ghost Town 

A Kick Up the 80s [2005]

A Kick Up the 80s
SongDuration
Ghost Town3:41

Darcy's Wild Life [2005]

Darcy's Wild Life
SongDuration
Monkey Man2:35

Greatest Pop Icons [2005]

Greatest Pop Icons
SongDuration
Ghost Town3:38

Haunted House Party [2005]

Haunted House Party
SongDuration
Ghost Town5:59

Shaun of the Dead [2005]

Shaun of the Dead
SongDuration
Ghost Town5:30

Ska: A.K.A. [2005]

Ska: A.K.A.
SongDuration
A Message to You Rudy2:54

Everyone's a Winner [2004]

Everyone's a Winner
SongDuration
Ghost Town 

Heroes [Sony] [2004]

Heroes [Sony]
SongDuration
Gangsters2:46

Too Much Two Tone [2004]

Too Much Two Tone
SongDuration
Nite Klub 
Rat Race 

Back to Mine [2003]

Back to Mine
SongDuration
Blank Expression2:07

Badmeaningood [2003]

Badmeaningood
SongDuration
Ghost Town5:20

The Original 80's Album [2003]

The Original 80's Album
SongDuration
Rat Race3:08

Greatest Hits Video's [2002]

Greatest Hits Video's
SongDuration
Ghost Town 

New Wave Greats [2002]

New Wave Greats
SongDuration
Ghost Town 

Q Anthems [2002]

Q Anthems
SongDuration
Ghost Town3:39

Rude Boy Revival [2002]

Rude Boy Revival
SongDuration
Ghost Town3:39

Ultra Chilled, Vol. 2 [2002]

Ultra Chilled, Vol. 2
SongDuration
Ghost Town5:24

Greatest Number 1's Ever [2001]

Greatest Number 1's Ever
SongDuration
Ghost Town3:38

Modmania [2001]

Modmania
SongDuration
Message to You Rudy2:53

Reggae Vibrations [2001]

Reggae Vibrations
SongDuration
Ghost Town 

Snatch [2001]

Snatch
SongDuration
Ghost Town5:50

Film 2000 [2000]

Film 2000
SongDuration
Ghost Town [Snatch Mix]3:38

Totally 80s [EMI] [2000]

Totally 80s [EMI]
SongDuration
Ghost Town3:41

Why?2K [2000]

Why?2K
SongDuration
Ghost Town3:40

Double Shot: New Wave [1999]

Double Shot: New Wave
SongDuration
Ghost Town3:40

Eighties Complete [CD2] [1999]

Eighties Complete [CD2]
SongDuration
Ghost Town3:44

Non-Stop 70's Party [1999]

Non-Stop 70's Party
SongDuration
Nite Klub2:48

Now: 1981 [2 CD] [1999]

Now: 1981 [2 CD]
SongDuration
Ghost Town3:39

Pop & Wave, Vol. 8 [1999]

Pop & Wave, Vol. 8
SongDuration
Ghost Town5:56

Rage the Album [1999]

Rage the Album
SongDuration
Ghost Town5:57

Theory of Flight [1999]

Theory of Flight
SongDuration
It's You3:08

Wow That Was the 70's [1999]

Wow That Was the 70's
SongDuration
Gangsters2:46

Double Barrel [1998]

Double Barrel
SongDuration
Monkey Man4:53

Grosse Pointe Blank [1997]

Grosse Pointe Blank
SongDuration
Pressure Drop4:18

Once in a Lifetime [1997]

Once in a Lifetime
SongDuration
Ghost Town 

Lost Property [1996]

Lost Property
SongDuration
Ghost Town3:39

Ska [1996]

Ska
SongDuration
Gangsters [Live]2:34

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

This Is the 80's [Alex]
SongDuration
Ghost Town3:39

Trojan Jungle [1996]

Trojan Jungle
SongDuration
Concrete Jungle4:35

Loaded, Vol. 1 [1995]

Loaded, Vol. 1
SongDuration
Ghost Town3:40

Bonanza Ska [1992]

Bonanza Ska
SongDuration
Monkey Man3:00

In the Studio [1984]

In the Studio
SongDuration
Housebound 

Ska

Ska
SongDuration
Gangsters2:32

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