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According to Dammers, anti-racism was intrinsic to the formation of the Specials, in that the band was formed with the goal of integrating The Specials Specials and white people.
Many years later Dammers stated that "Music gets political when there are new ideas in music, Inshortly after drummer Hutchinson left the band to be replaced by John BradburyDammers formed the 2 Tone Records label and Objekt Objekt 4 the band's debut single " Gangsters The Specials Specials, a reworking of Prince Buster 's " Al Capone ".
The record became a Top 10 hit that summer. Changing their name to the Specials, they recorded their eponymous debut The Specials Specials inproduced by Elvis Costello. Reverting once again to the name of the Specials, the band's second album, More Specialswas not as commercially successful and was recorded at a time when, according to Hall, conflicts had developed The Specials Specials the band.
In the first few months ofthe band took The Specials Specials break from recording and touring, and The Specials Specials released "Ghost Town", a non-album single, which hit No.
At their Top of the The Specials Specials recording of the song, however, Staple, Hall and Golding announced they were leaving the band. Golding later said: "We didn't talk to the rest of the guys. We couldn't even stay in the same dressing room. We couldn't even look The Specials Specials each other. We stopped communicating. You only realise what a genius Jerry was years later. At the time, we were on a different planet.
For the next few years, the group Gemini Revolution EP in a seemingly constant state of flux. The track describes an incident of date rapeand its frank and harrowing depiction of the matter meant that airplay was severely limited. Nevertheless, The Specials Specials managed to reach No.
The line-up for the single was Rodriguez vocal, tromboneCuthell cornetsDammers keyboardsBradbury drumsShipley guitarreturning bassist Panter, and new additions Satch Dickson and Groco percussion and Anthony Wymshurst guitar.
Rodriguez and the The Specials Specials newcomers were all dropped for the next single, "War Crimes", which brought back Dakar and added new co-vocalists Edgio Newton and Stan Campbell, as well as violinist Nick Parker.
Both critically and commercially, In The Studio was less successful than previous efforts, although the single "Free Nelson Mandela" was a No. Dammers then dissolved the band and pursued political activism. Since the break-up of the original line-up, various members of the band performed in other bands and have reformed several times to tour and record in Specials-related projects.
However, there has never been a complete reunion of the original line-up. The group ended with Hall's sudden departure, leading to a year rift with Staple. InBradbury, Golding, Panter and Staple teamed up with members of the Beat to form Special Beat,  performing the music of the two bands and other ska and Two Tone classics. The group, undergoing many line-up changes, toured and released several live recordings through the s. Moving into production and management, Staple "discovered" and produced bhangra pop fusion artist Johnny Various Love Me Some Friends 1. Throughout the s and s, Staple would stay active producing and guesting with a variety of artists, including International Beat, Special Beat, Unwritten The Specials SpecialsDesorden Publicothe Planet Smashers and others, as well as leading his own bands and starting the Rude Wear clothing line.
He sang with the s Specials line-up, and again from to He joined the s Specials before training as a primary school teacher at the University of Central England in Birmingham. However, he rejoined the band for their reunion and continues as a member. After Special Beat, he went on to lead the Seattle -based ska groups Stiff Upper Lip, and more recently, Pama Internationalas well as many collaborations with other ska bands.
He has also toured with the Beat. He joined the s Specials line-up, but left in He rejoined inand continues with the group. He also fronts the Skabilly Rebelsa band that mixes rockabilly with ska. He joined the s Specials line-up and again incontinuing to He joined Special Beat Richard Hawley Trueloves Gutter several years, then a reformed Selecter, before retiring from music to work as an IT specialist.
From untilHall fronted the ColourfieldBrian Bennett Chase Side Shoot Up some commercial success. After they disbanded, The Specials Specials pursued a solo career, working mostly in the new wave genre. He co-wrote a number of early Lightning Seeds releases. He also performed some vocals for a Dub Pistols album. He and Eurythmics member David A.
Stewart formed the duo Vegas in the early s, releasing an eponymous album in Hall joined the Specials for their reunion, and continues to perform with them. The Guardian. Louder Than War. The Rough Guide to Rock. London: Rough Guides. Stylus Magazine. Retrieved 15 December Retrieved The Specials Specials April Retrieved 17 October Official Charts.
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