Lily Allen covers The Specials in Japan

Singer also plays Kooks for Tokyo crowd

Lily Allen premiered live a cover by The Specials for Japanese fans tonight (January 12).

Backed by a seven-piece band at Tokyo’s 1,200-capacity Liquidroom, she performed a version of ska band’s 1979 track ‘Blank Expression’.

“This is a cover of a song by one of my favourite ever bands,” Allen told the crowd before the song, adding afterwards, “That was the first time we’ve ever played that!”

She also performed her cover of The Kooks‘Naive’, explaining: “I usually fucking hate this band.”

After the understated, atmospheric rendition, she announced, “We’ll play some more of my own songs now – they’re much better anyway!”

Other highlights of the set included B-sides ‘Cheryl Tweedy’ – the lyrics to which Allen admitted she’d had to look up online earlier in the day – and ‘Nan You’re A Window Shopper’.

The ‘Alright, Still’ album tracks were all reworked to take advantage of the three-piece brass section and live drums, bass, guitar and keyboards.

The last time Allen played in Tokyo, last November, it was with only two backing members.

The singer then repeatedly pleaded for the chance to play at the Fuji Rock festival this summer, explaining that she worked four years ago setting up the Palace Of Wonder area.

Allen‘s Japanese tour continues until January 16, before she heads to Australia.