Singer Terry Hall drops some heavy hints

The original line-up of UK ska legends The Specials say they are the nearest they’ve been to reforming in 25 years.

The band’s singer Terry Hall has revealed it’s not an immediate prospect, but things are moving towards some kind of reunion.

He told BBC 6 Music: “People keep offering us money all the time, and you try and be polite but you have to say no matter how much money you’ve got that won’t make us do it. We’ll only do something if we feel its right. I mean this is the closest we’ve been in 25 years to maybe doing something but maybe not what’s expected – I don’t know.”

Hall revealed he is immensely proud of the impact his band had, and of their influence on many different bands today, such as The Ordinary Boys, No Doubt and Blur.

He admitted: “Definitely The Jam and The Specials formed at a time when doing that was vital, and crucial and it wasn’t about doing it because you could play guitar, you had to learn to play guitar to do it, but it was a vision, and you leave it at whatever point you leave it, we left it at ‘Ghost Town’, and that’s where it should have been left, I think trying to do three or four albums with that band would have killed it.”

Hall and fellow bandmates Lynval Golding and Neville Staples left to form Fun Boy Three after the band scored their second UK Number One single in 1981 with ‘Ghost Town’. The band carried on as the Special AKA, most notably scoring a hit in 1984 with ‘Free Nelson Mandela’. Songwriter/keyboardist Jerry Dammers split the band shortly afterwards.