THE BARGAIN BUY: The Specials; The Specials and More Specials

 |   |  1 min read

The Specials: A Message to You Rudy
THE BARGAIN BUY: The Specials; The Specials and More Specials

What the most recent waves of ska revivalist don't quite get is, aside from the terrific beat, their mentor bands from the UK like the Specials and the Beat in the late Seventies/early Eighties (the first wave of ska revival) also nailed home some pretty important lyrics.

Message songs in many cases.

The Specials were in the vanguard of the two-tone look but also sang about teenage pregnancy (Too Much Too Young), contemporary Britain (Rat Race, Dawning of a New Era, later Ghost Town) and then freedom for Nelson Mandela.

They were multi-racial, trombonist Rico was about three decades older than the rest and they took their music and message straight into the mainstream.

220px-Morespecials_1This two-for package pulls together their '79 debut album and the '80 follow-up More Specials for a thumping great slice of old-style ska delivered (and respected) with a new energy.

They also had a good sense of humour ("what I like most about you is your girlfriend"), a bratty delivery, great taste when it came to covers of original ska material and . . .

And they just had it all really.

On this pairing of their first two albums for $9.99 at JB Hi-Fi store here, they also qualify as this week's Elsewhere-recommended Bargain Buy

Share It

Your Comments

post a comment

More from this section   The Bargain Buy articles index

THE BARGAIN BUY: Elvis Presley; Original Album Classics

THE BARGAIN BUY: Elvis Presley; Original Album Classics

The Elvis collections in this series hits a peak with these five discs, these capture Elvis live and the set starts with the famous '68 Comeback television special. It reinvigorated his career and... > Read more

THE BARGAIN BUY: The Sony "Original Album Classics" series: Pop-pop pop music

THE BARGAIN BUY: The Sony "Original Album Classics" series: Pop-pop pop music

You can't help notice how cheap it is to get into popular music these days as record companies repackage and recycle albums in small and economic sets. The advantage of these budget-price... > Read more

Elsewhere at Elsewhere

THE FAMOUS ELSEWHERE QUESTIONNAIRE: Stix Zadinia of Steel Panther

THE FAMOUS ELSEWHERE QUESTIONNAIRE: Stix Zadinia of Steel Panther

If KISS were every anime-loving teenage Japanese boy's idea of a rock band, then California's Steel Panther are every glam metal fan's idea of a cliche. And Steel Panther revel in it. Formed a... > Read more

Girls Pissing on Girls Pissing: Eeling (Muzai)

Girls Pissing on Girls Pissing: Eeling (Muzai)

Given their chosen name, you can guess that this Auckland four-piece don't expect (or possibly want) mainstream recognition either at home or abroad. And you don't want to know what comes up if you... > Read more