The Specials. They look like a bunch of young men you would not like to me meet in a forgotten alley way.

Ska revival band The Specials have announced a Belfast show on November in the Ulster Hall, Belfast. Coventry legends THE SPECIALS have announced a UK & Ireland tour for which sees them celebrate five years since they first reformed.

The ultimate ska band. The Specials

The Specials - "Monkey Man". Great version of a Great Toots and the Maytals song

2 Tone Records was an English record label that mostly released ska and reggae influenced music with a punk rock and pop music overtone. Jerry Dammers of the ska revival band The Specials started the record label in 1979. It spawned the 2 Tone music and cultural movement, which was popular among skinheads, rudies and some mod revivalists. The label stopped operating in 1986.

2 Tone Records was an English record label that mostly released ska and reggae influenced music with a punk rock and pop music overtone.

The first LP I ever bought, way back in 1981. I remember getting the bus to town, going into Woolworths and handing over my hard earned money.  I got home and placed my pride and joy on my very cheap and tacky  Fidelity HF42 Portable Record Player. I may have only been eleven but in my eyes I became a man that day. I must climb into my parents attic and see if I still have it, Coz the newer CD version just doesn't sound the same. but I'm probably biased. Where did the Years go?

Dance Craze - The Best of British Ska…LIVE! Artwork by Partridge Rushton Associates

The Specials    Take a look at the first family of ska — all skinny ties and stingy brims — before trying on that pork-pie hat this summer. No one has done it right since

The 50 Most Stylish Musicians of the Last 50 Years

The 50 Most Stylish Musicians of the Last 50 Years The Specials - Take a look at the first family of ska — all skinny ties and stingy brims — before trying on that pork-pie hat this summer.

The Specials - Ghost Town (official music video)

Getting into some Halloween Favorites! The Specials - Ghost Town (official music video)

"The Specials Ska", rotational ambigram by unterart ambigram design, via Flickr

"The Specials Ska", rotational ambigram by unterart ambigram design, via Flickr

When not playing bass with The Specials Horace Panter makes art using traditional iconography fused with pop art. http://www.horacepanterart.com/

When not playing bass with The Specials Horace Panter makes art using traditional iconography fused with pop art. http://www.horacepanterart.com/

Personal website with exclusive Specials photos.

Personal website with exclusive Specials photos.

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