Saturday, January 30, 2010

After Hours: Ska-turday Edition!

The Specials. Concrete Jungle

Here's one of my favorite tunes of all time. It's all about pre-Thatcher paranoia and about how being fashionable isn't safe. It's a live performance from the film Dance Craze, which is well worth a gander. The Specials' first album was produced by none other than Elvis Costello. I've read interviews with him where he said that he didn't have a clue to what he was doing, but when anybody was looking his way, he'd just twist a few knobs on the board and act like everything was under control. Well, somehow it all worked out, because the Specials' debut was a masterpiece - a true document of young Britain in the late seventies. Of course, their second album sounded a lot like their first, but it wasn't without its charms. Expect many more clips from these guys in the future.

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