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The Specials News

Graham Coxon and Don Letts to play The Specials' gig in London

The band will host the event, called Friday Night And Saturday Morning, at the Troxy

  • Mar 24, 2014

The Specials announce autumn UK tour – ticket details

The band will play 11 gigs including two shows at London's Roundhouse venue

  • Feb 18, 2014

Jerry Dammers leads special performance of 'Free Nelson Mandela' - watch

The Spatial AKA Orchestra played a one-off version of the track for Channel 4

  • Dec 7, 2013

The Specials announce May 2013 UK tour – ticket details

The ska band will play 10 shows including one night at London's O2 Brixton Academy

  • Dec 3, 2012

The Specials go back on their plans to split up

Band say they'll continue playing together and have no plans to part ways

  • Nov 4, 2011

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Oct 30, 2014 Norwich U.e.a. Norwich

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Oct 31, 2014 Rock City Nottingham

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Nov 04, 2014 Ulster Hall Belfast

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Nov 06, 2014 Barrowland Glasgow

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Nov 09, 2014 O2 Academy Newcastle Newcastle

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Nov 10, 2014 O2 Academy Leeds Leeds

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Nov 11, 2014 O2 Apollo Manchester

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Nov 11, 2014 O2 Apollo Manchester Manchester

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Nov 13, 2014 Roundhouse London

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Nov 14, 2014 Roundhouse London

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Nov 15, 2014 Roundhouse London

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Nov 17, 2014 Brighton Dome Brighton

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Nov 18, 2014 O2 Academy Bournemouth Bournemouth

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Nov 20, 2014 The Civic Hall Wolverhampton

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Nov 20, 2014 Civic Hall Ormskirk

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Nov 21, 2014 The Troxy London

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Nov 21, 2014 Troxy London

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Nov 22, 2014 Rock City Nottingham

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Nov 22, 2014 Rock City Nottingham Nottingham

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The Specials Music Videos

Garrick Davis-Redhouse Play Video

Garrick Davis-Redhouse

Nothin' but the Blues. Watch the official Garrick Davis-Redhouse video by Garrick Davis/The Fabulous Funkyband in HD on WWW.MUZU.TV and check out the latest new music releases and playlists for free.

Break Down The Door Play Video

Break Down The Door

Watch the official Break Down The Door video by The Specials in HD on WWW.MUZU.TV and check out the latest new music releases and playlists for free.

What I Like Most About You Is Your Girlfriend Play Video

What I Like Most About You Is Your Girlfriend

Watch the official What I Like Most About You Is Your Girlfriend video by The Specials in HD on WWW.MUZU.TV and check out the latest new music releases and playlists for free.

Nelson Mandela Play Video

Nelson Mandela

Watch the official Nelson Mandela video by The Specials in HD on WWW.MUZU.TV and check out the latest new music releases and playlists for free.

War Crimes (The Crime Remains The Same) Play Video

War Crimes (The Crime Remains The Same)

Watch the official War Crimes (The Crime Remains The Same) video by The Specials in HD on WWW.MUZU.TV and check out the latest new music releases and playlists for free.

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The Specials Biography

The Specials, also known as The Special AKA, are a 2 Tone and 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, several members of the group abruptly left to form the Fun Boy Three. Continuing on as "The Special AKA" (a name they used frequently on earlier Specials releases), a substantially revised Specials lineup issued new material through 1984, including the top 10 UK hit single "(Free) Nelson Mandela". Afterwards, founder and songwriter Jerry Dammers dissolved the band and pursued political activism.

The group reformed in 1993, and have continued to perform and record with varying lineups (but without Dammers).

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