180g Vinyl LP!
In the Studio is the third album from The Specials (Special AKA), released in
1984, long after the breakup of the original Specials. It charted in the UK Top
35 and featured the two popular singles, "Nelson Mandela" and "Racist Friend".
The Specials are an English 2 Tone and ska revival band formed in 1977 in
Coventry. In 1980, the song "Too Much Too Young", the lead track on their The
Specials AKA Live! EP, reached No. 1 in the UK. The unemployment-themed single
"Ghost Town" also hit No. 1 in the UK Singles Chart in 1981.
True innovators of the punk era, the Specials began the British ska revival
craze, combining the highly danceable ska and rock steady beat with punk's
energy and attitude, and taking on a more focused and informed political and
social stance than their predecessors and peers.
Their agenda of racial harmony and social inclusion was pursued through their
music, and came to be described as the Two Tone movement. Identified also by
their distinctive look, the band wore mod-style 1960s period "rude boy" outfits
(pork pie hats, tonic and mohair suits, and loafers) that were adopted by fans
and musical followers alike.
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John Bradbury, drums
John Shipley, guitar
Rhoda Dakar, vocals
Jerry Dammers, piano, organ
Gary McManus, bass
Stan Campbell, vocals
Rico Rodriquez, trombone
Dick Cuthell, cornet, flugel horn
Andy Aderinto, saxophone
Egidio Newton, backing vocals
Caron Wheeler, backing vocals
Naomi Thompson, backing vocals
Claudia Fontaine, backing vocals
1. Bright Lights
2. Lonely Crowd
4. House Bound
5. Night On The Tiles
1. Nelson Mandela
2. War Crimes
3. Racist Friend
5. Break Down The Door