They Were Collaborators #137


The Specials

6 comments:

Richard Gibson said...

Genius. I bumped into Terry Hall once.
Dammers is doing the DJ circuit around London quite a bit.

One of my favourite 80's albums is 'Waiting' by Fun Boy Three, possibly one of the most underated albums of all time.

Tim Footman said...

Wonderful, wonderful band. And that pose, shot from above, no smiles. Obviously ripped off from The Who's first album, but genius steals.

Mike D said...
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Mike D said...

i had the good fortune to catch jerry dammers dj'ing in ireland a few times and he can sure rock a house party. as for the specials - one of the best bands to come out of england in the post punk era.

john peel reckoned 'ghost town' was the song that singled the end of punk and the beginning of the thatcher era in music. he was right - it was one of the last great pop singles in what i would term the first(last?), great wave of rock n' roll (1955 - 82).

swac said...

I remember seeing The Specials for the first time doing Gangsters on Saturday Night Live...it was an amazing experience.

Remember when SNL used to break acts, rather than simply promote them?

slyboots2 said...

And then there was SCTV- I remember seeing the Boomtown Rats on there back in the day. Those were the days...mainstream radio playing Journey, and SNL and SCTV being all cutting edge.