The Specials, also known as The Special AKA, are an English 2 Tone and ska revival band formed in 1977 in Coventry. Their music combines a "danceable ska and rocksteady beat with punk's energy and attitude", and had a "more focused and informed political and social stance" than other ska groups.
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Music Genre (Text)
2 Tone, ska, new wave, reggae, ska punk
1977–1984, 1996–2001, 2008–present
2 Tone, Chrysalis, Virgin, Kuff
The Selecter, Fun Boy Three, General Public, The Colourfield, Special Beat, The Skabilly Rebels, The Spatial AKA Orchestra
Lynval Golding, Horace Panter, Terry Hall, Tim Smart, Drew Stansall, Nikolaj Torp Larsen, Steve Cradock, Pablo Mandleson
Past Group Members
Jerry Dammers, Silverton Hutchinson, Tim Strickland, Roddy Radiation, Neville Staple, John Bradbury, Dick Cuthell, Rico Rodriguez, Rhoda Dakar, John Shipley, Satch Dickson, Groco, Anthony Wymshurst, Stan Campbell, Edgio Newton, Nick Parker, Gary McManus, Jon Read, Adam Birch, Mark Adams, Aitch Bembridge
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