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The Specials – Singles

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The Specials – Singles
Mp3 @ 192 / RS

Compilation of amazing singles from UK SKA group ‘The Specials’.

They weren’t around long but they sure made one hell of a fucking impact!

We’ve posted loads more Specials and fun Boy Three stuff already.

Tracklisting

Gangsters
Rudi, A Message To You
Nite Club
Too Much Too Young
Guns Of Navarone
Rat Race
Stereotype
International Jet Set
Do Nothing
Ghost Town
Why
Friday Night, Saturday Morning
War Crimes
Racist Friends
Nelson Mandella
(What I Like Most About You Is Your) Girlfriend


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August 6, 2008 Posted by | Music_Ska, Terry Hall, The Specials, _MUSIC | Leave a comment

The Specials – THE SPECIALS (1979) Remastered

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The Specials – THE SPECIALS (1979) Remastered
Mp3 @ 192 / RS

This is the remastered re-issue of The Specials great debut album.

It contains some of their best material, including the track ‘Little Bitch’ which, strangely, was not written about Paris Hilton but was used in the movie ’16 Candles’!

Tracklisting

A Message To You Rudy
Do The Dog
It’s Up To You
Nite Klub
Doesn’t Make It Alright
Concrete Jungle
Too Hot
Monkey Man
(Dawning Of A) New Era
Blank Expression
Stupid Marriage
Too Much Too Young
Little Bitch
You’re Wondering Now

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August 6, 2008 Posted by | Music_Ska, Terry Hall, The Specials, _MUSIC | Leave a comment

Fun Boy Three – Waiting (1983)

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Fun Boy Three – Waiting (1983)
Mp3 @ 192 / RS
Released February 1983
Recorded October 1982-December 1982
Genre New Wave
Length 31:19
Label Chrysalis
Producer David Byrne
Fun Boy Three were an excellent, successful but short-lived English band which existed from 1981 to 1983 and was formed by singers Terry Hall, Neville Staples and Lynval Golding after they left The Specials.

They dispensed with the darker, moody sound and demeanour which they and Specials head honcho Jerry Dammers had crafted with great success in the ska revival of the late 1970s and went into a much brighter, poppier phase with this new band, though maintaining savagery and wit within the lyrics and Hall’s wholly expressionless persona.

Terry grew out and bleached his hair and wore more flamboyant clothes befitting of the early ’80s.

Together they set about making music which covered a variety of genres. The band enjoyed six UK Top 20 hits, including the jungledrum-inspired “The Lunatics (Have Taken Over the Asylum)” and the brassy, marriage-cynic anthem “Tunnel of Love” and created two albums of which the eponymous Fun Boy Three was the most successful.

The trio’s last UK hit was the song “Our Lips Are Sealed” from album Waiting, co-written by Terry Hall and Jane Wiedlin of The Go-Gos, who had scored a U.S. hit with the song a year earlier. They then toured the United States and split afterwards.

They were also credited with helping launch the career in 1982 of Bananarama, whom Hall first saw in The Face magazine. The three women, in their berets and donkey jackets, provided credited chorus vocals on the hit “T’ain’t What You Do (It’s the Way That You Do It)” before the tables turned and the Fun Boy Three appeared as ‘guests’ on the Bananarama song “Really Saying Something”. Bananarama would go on to become the most successful all-female group in U.K. chart history, a title they held until the arrival of the Spice Girls.

Fun Boy Three Waiting.jpgHall went on to create the even more short-lived project The Colourfield, who had one hit in 1985, before forming less successful bands Vegas and Terry, Blair & Anouchka. He also embarked on a solo career and maintains respect from musicians and fans alike, with many acts citing him as an influence.

This was the Fun Boy Three’s second and last album, featuring their version of the Go-Go’s track ‘Our Lips Are Sealed’. It was produced by David Byrne

Tracklisting

Side A

1. “Murder She Said” (Instrumental) (R.W. Goodwin) 01:57
2. “The More I See (The Less I Believe)” 03:38
3. “Going Home” 03:36
4. “We’re Having All the Fun” 02:51
5. “The Farm Yard Connection” 02:46

Side B

1. “The Tunnel of Love” (Golding/Hall/Staples) 03:05
2. “Our Lips Are Sealed” (Hall/Jane Wiedlin) 03:32
3. “The Pressure of Life (Takes the Weight Off the Body)” 03:06
4. “Things We Do” 03:32
5. “Well Fancy That!” 02:59

* All songs written by Fun Boy Three unless noted.

Personnel

* Terry Hall – vocals
* Neville Staples – percussion, vocals
* Lynval Golding – guitar, vocals
* David Byrne – guitar, producer, mixing
* Nicky Holland – keyboards, vocals, arranger
* Ingrid Schroeder – vocals
* Bethan Peters – bass guitar, vocals
* June Miles-Kingston – drums, vocals
* Dick Cuthell – cornet
* Annie Whitehead – trombone
* Caroline LaVelle – cello
* Geraldo d’Arbilly – percussion
* Jeremy Green – engineer, mixing
* David Storey – design
* Mike Owen – photography

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August 5, 2008 Posted by | Fun Boy Three, Music_Pop, The Specials, _MUSIC | Leave a comment

The Specials And Fun Boy Three – The Best of the Specials & Fun Boy Three (2006)

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The Specials And Fun Boy Three – The Best of … (2006)

This “Best Of” is kind of misleading. It sppears that the only person associated with these bands who appears on these remakes is Neville Staples. None of the other members of either band appear on these versions. Further, the two “remixes” at the end are techno/electronica remixes of the songs.

Some of it is ok … Check it out yourself though.

Tracklisting

1. Our Lips Are Sealed – The Specials
2. Man at C & A
3. Message to You Rudy
4. Rude Boy’s Outta Jail
5. Leave It Out
6. You’re Wondering Now
7. Running Away
8. Ghost Town
9. It Ain’t What You Do
10.It’s You
11.Gangsters
12.Lunatics
13.Too Hot
14.Ghost Town [Mix]
15.Our Lips Are Sealed [Mix]

Here she be:

The_Specials-FUN

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August 5, 2008 Posted by | Fun Boy Three, Music_Ska, The Specials, _MUSIC | 2 Comments

Fun Boy Three – FB3 (1982)

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Fun Boy Three – FB3 (1982)

Mp3 @ 192K / RS
The great 1982 debut album from The Fun Boy Three – a project consisting of the wonderful Terry Hall and 2 other former members of the amazing SKA group ‘The Specials’.

Banarama appear on a few tracks including the hit single Tain’t What You Do (It’s the Way That You Do It)!

Fun Boy Three were an excellent, successful but short-lived English band which existed from 1981 to 1983 and was formed by singers Terry Hall, Neville Staples and Lynval Golding after they left The Specials.

They dispensed with the darker, moody sound and demeanour which they and Specials head honcho Jerry Dammers had crafted with great success in the ska revival of the late 1970s and went into a much brighter, poppier phase with this new band, though maintaining savagery and wit within the lyrics and Hall’s wholly expressionless persona.

Terry grew out and bleached his hair and wore more flamboyant clothes befitting of the early ’80s.

Together they set about making music which covered a variety of genres. The band enjoyed six UK Top 20 hits, including the jungledrum-inspired “The Lunatics (Have Taken Over the Asylum)” and the brassy, marriage-cynic anthem “Tunnel of Love” and created two albums of which the eponymous Fun Boy Three was the most successful.

The trio’s last UK hit was the song “Our Lips Are Sealed” from album Waiting, co-written by Terry Hall and Jane Wiedlin of The Go-Gos, who had scored a U.S. hit with the song a year earlier. They then toured the United States and split afterwards.

Fun Boy Three Waiting.jpgThey were also credited with helping launch the career in 1982 of Bananarama, whom Hall first saw in The Face magazine. The three women, in their berets and donkey jackets, provided credited chorus vocals on the hit “T’ain’t What You Do (It’s the Way That You Do It)” before the tables turned and the Fun Boy Three appeared as ‘guests’ on the Bananarama song “Really Saying Something”.

Bananarama would go on to become the most successful all-female group in U.K. chart history, a title they held until the arrival of the Spice Girls.

Hall went on to create the even more short-lived project The Colourfield, who had one hit in 1985, before forming less successful bands Vegas and Terry, Blair & Anouchka. He also embarked on a solo career and maintains respect from musicians and fans alike, with many acts citing him as an influence.

Tracklisting

1. “Sanctuary”
2. “Way on Down”
3. “The Lunatics (Have Taken Over the Asylum)”
4. “Life in General (Lewe in Algemeen)”
5. “Faith, Hope & Charity”
6. “Funrama 2”
7. “Best of Luck Mate”
8. “T’ain’t What You Do (It’s the Way That You Do It)” (with Bananarama) (Oliver/Young)
9. “The Telephone Always Rings”
10. “I Don’t Believe It”
11. “Alone”

* All songs by Golding/Hall/Staples unless noted.



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August 5, 2008 Posted by | Bananarama, Fun Boy Three, Music_Pop, Terry Hall, The Specials, _MUSIC, _VIDEO | Leave a comment

The Specials – "The Specials" [1978]

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The Specials – “The Specials” [1978]

The beat that got a generation dancing and brought ska back into the public eye. Produced by Elvis Costello, then still a boy wonder himself, the album built on the sound of the Specials’ first two singles, and gave the world its first extended look at Two Tone.

Inspired writing and arranging (much of it down to founder Jerry Dammers) with Terry Hall as the laconic front man made for a perfect combination, the riddim of ska and the speed of punk.

As a testament to its power, two decades haven’t lessened its impact.

This is clearly the best Ska record ever made. Their debut album (the BBC had just aired The Specials John Peel Sessions, but it was not yet for sale. Also, their true debut was a 45rpm single of Gangsters whose B-side was titled The Selector and credited to The Selector, but in reality, The Selector was Jerry Dammers, John Bradbury, both from The Specials, and two of their roommates. I think it is the best song The Selector ever did).

If you listen to earlier versions of these songs available elsewhere, you can see how much they honed everything. The Specials had toured the U.K. supporting The Clash, and as a result you can hear more Clash-like-Grit on this album, and you can also see The Specials influence on Clash songs like Pressure Drop, very Ska.

I like everything about this album, every song. I still remember my high school English tutor in the 9th grade (I was really bad in school) who was more interested in shaping my musical tastes, and my sister, English was third on his list. He made me a tape of this album with the This Are Two Tone compilation on the second side. I listened to that tape for years, before they had tape-players that would flip the tape for you. I remember one time I accidentally hit “Record”, so to this day I am surprised there is no gap at the beginning of “Concrete Jungle”.

Not too long ago, I was invited to several Specials shows. My friend had gone to school with Mark Addams (keyboards) in Coventry and whenever they’d come to San Francisco my friend rob would arrange to have us on the list. They have altered the band since 1980 (when this album came out), a few new members, but they still have Neville Staples(who looks even cooler today), Horace Panter, Roddy Radiation, and Lynval Golding. They preformed these songs in a dizzying frenzy. After each show we’d go backstage with them (once to the Green-Room of the legendary Fillmore Auditorium!) and one time on their tour bus somewhere in Santa Cruz. My friends wife was blind, so she had a seeing-eye-Doberman with her. We were on this crowded bus, with the band, this huge dog and scattered other people. They were playing some old sixties Ska on the bus stereo, and Lynval Golding (guitarist) danced with the seeing-eye-dog, and I cracked a corny joke, which I began to regret as I was saying it. I said to Mr. Golding, “Do The Dog!” (referring to their song by the same name) then my ears began to turn red. He thought it was the funniest thing he’d ever heard and slapped his leg as he laughed. He put his rude-boy hat on my head, which was pathetically loose, and laughed his way to the ice-chest and he fetched two beers and brought one to me as his laughter died down. The joke seemed rather obvious to me. He took his hat back as he gave me the beer. It was all very weird.

Anyway, this is the album to have. I have many Specials albums, and would choose this one over all the rest, or any other Ska band, there is No Doubt about that. If you have never heard this album but are considering it, then trust the instincts that brought you this far and get it, if you remember this album from your youth but haven’t gotten around to getting it on CD I suggest you drop everything and get it, and get Led Zeppelin IV another time. This album has aged very well.

By M. Fantino


Tracklisting

01. A Message To You Rudy
02. Do The Dog
03. It’s Up To You
04. Nite Klub
05. Doesn’t Make It Alright
06. Concrete Jungle
07. Too Hot
08. Monkey Man
09. (Dawning Of A) New Era
10. Blank Expression
11. Stupid Marriage
12. Too Much Too Young
13. Gangsters
14. Little Bitch
15. You’re Wondering Now

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March 16, 2008 Posted by | Music_Ska, The Specials, _MUSIC | Leave a comment

The Specials – "The Specials" [1978]

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The Specials – “The Specials” [1978]

The beat that got a generation dancing and brought ska back into the public eye. Produced by Elvis Costello, then still a boy wonder himself, the album built on the sound of the Specials’ first two singles, and gave the world its first extended look at Two Tone.

Inspired writing and arranging (much of it down to founder Jerry Dammers) with Terry Hall as the laconic front man made for a perfect combination, the riddim of ska and the speed of punk.

As a testament to its power, two decades haven’t lessened its impact.

This is clearly the best Ska record ever made. Their debut album (the BBC had just aired The Specials John Peel Sessions, but it was not yet for sale. Also, their true debut was a 45rpm single of Gangsters whose B-side was titled The Selector and credited to The Selector, but in reality, The Selector was Jerry Dammers, John Bradbury, both from The Specials, and two of their roommates. I think it is the best song The Selector ever did).

If you listen to earlier versions of these songs available elsewhere, you can see how much they honed everything. The Specials had toured the U.K. supporting The Clash, and as a result you can hear more Clash-like-Grit on this album, and you can also see The Specials influence on Clash songs like Pressure Drop, very Ska.

I like everything about this album, every song. I still remember my high school English tutor in the 9th grade (I was really bad in school) who was more interested in shaping my musical tastes, and my sister, English was third on his list. He made me a tape of this album with the This Are Two Tone compilation on the second side. I listened to that tape for years, before they had tape-players that would flip the tape for you. I remember one time I accidentally hit “Record”, so to this day I am surprised there is no gap at the beginning of “Concrete Jungle”.

Not too long ago, I was invited to several Specials shows. My friend had gone to school with Mark Addams (keyboards) in Coventry and whenever they’d come to San Francisco my friend rob would arrange to have us on the list. They have altered the band since 1980 (when this album came out), a few new members, but they still have Neville Staples(who looks even cooler today), Horace Panter, Roddy Radiation, and Lynval Golding. They preformed these songs in a dizzying frenzy. After each show we’d go backstage with them (once to the Green-Room of the legendary Fillmore Auditorium!) and one time on their tour bus somewhere in Santa Cruz. My friends wife was blind, so she had a seeing-eye-Doberman with her. We were on this crowded bus, with the band, this huge dog and scattered other people. They were playing some old sixties Ska on the bus stereo, and Lynval Golding (guitarist) danced with the seeing-eye-dog, and I cracked a corny joke, which I began to regret as I was saying it. I said to Mr. Golding, “Do The Dog!” (referring to their song by the same name) then my ears began to turn red. He thought it was the funniest thing he’d ever heard and slapped his leg as he laughed. He put his rude-boy hat on my head, which was pathetically loose, and laughed his way to the ice-chest and he fetched two beers and brought one to me as his laughter died down. The joke seemed rather obvious to me. He took his hat back as he gave me the beer. It was all very weird.

Anyway, this is the album to have. I have many Specials albums, and would choose this one over all the rest, or any other Ska band, there is No Doubt about that. If you have never heard this album but are considering it, then trust the instincts that brought you this far and get it, if you remember this album from your youth but haven’t gotten around to getting it on CD I suggest you drop everything and get it, and get Led Zeppelin IV another time. This album has aged very well.

By M. Fantino


Tracklisting

01. A Message To You Rudy
02. Do The Dog
03. It’s Up To You
04. Nite Klub
05. Doesn’t Make It Alright
06. Concrete Jungle
07. Too Hot
08. Monkey Man
09. (Dawning Of A) New Era
10. Blank Expression
11. Stupid Marriage
12. Too Much Too Young
13. Gangsters
14. Little Bitch
15. You’re Wondering Now

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March 16, 2008 Posted by | Music_Ska, The Specials, _MUSIC | Leave a comment

The Specials – "The Specials" [1978]

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The Specials – “The Specials” [1978]

The beat that got a generation dancing and brought ska back into the public eye. Produced by Elvis Costello, then still a boy wonder himself, the album built on the sound of the Specials’ first two singles, and gave the world its first extended look at Two Tone.

Inspired writing and arranging (much of it down to founder Jerry Dammers) with Terry Hall as the laconic front man made for a perfect combination, the riddim of ska and the speed of punk.

As a testament to its power, two decades haven’t lessened its impact.

This is clearly the best Ska record ever made. Their debut album (the BBC had just aired The Specials John Peel Sessions, but it was not yet for sale. Also, their true debut was a 45rpm single of Gangsters whose B-side was titled The Selector and credited to The Selector, but in reality, The Selector was Jerry Dammers, John Bradbury, both from The Specials, and two of their roommates. I think it is the best song The Selector ever did).

If you listen to earlier versions of these songs available elsewhere, you can see how much they honed everything. The Specials had toured the U.K. supporting The Clash, and as a result you can hear more Clash-like-Grit on this album, and you can also see The Specials influence on Clash songs like Pressure Drop, very Ska.

I like everything about this album, every song. I still remember my high school English tutor in the 9th grade (I was really bad in school) who was more interested in shaping my musical tastes, and my sister, English was third on his list. He made me a tape of this album with the This Are Two Tone compilation on the second side. I listened to that tape for years, before they had tape-players that would flip the tape for you. I remember one time I accidentally hit “Record”, so to this day I am surprised there is no gap at the beginning of “Concrete Jungle”.

Not too long ago, I was invited to several Specials shows. My friend had gone to school with Mark Addams (keyboards) in Coventry and whenever they’d come to San Francisco my friend rob would arrange to have us on the list. They have altered the band since 1980 (when this album came out), a few new members, but they still have Neville Staples(who looks even cooler today), Horace Panter, Roddy Radiation, and Lynval Golding. They preformed these songs in a dizzying frenzy. After each show we’d go backstage with them (once to the Green-Room of the legendary Fillmore Auditorium!) and one time on their tour bus somewhere in Santa Cruz. My friends wife was blind, so she had a seeing-eye-Doberman with her. We were on this crowded bus, with the band, this huge dog and scattered other people. They were playing some old sixties Ska on the bus stereo, and Lynval Golding (guitarist) danced with the seeing-eye-dog, and I cracked a corny joke, which I began to regret as I was saying it. I said to Mr. Golding, “Do The Dog!” (referring to their song by the same name) then my ears began to turn red. He thought it was the funniest thing he’d ever heard and slapped his leg as he laughed. He put his rude-boy hat on my head, which was pathetically loose, and laughed his way to the ice-chest and he fetched two beers and brought one to me as his laughter died down. The joke seemed rather obvious to me. He took his hat back as he gave me the beer. It was all very weird.

Anyway, this is the album to have. I have many Specials albums, and would choose this one over all the rest, or any other Ska band, there is No Doubt about that. If you have never heard this album but are considering it, then trust the instincts that brought you this far and get it, if you remember this album from your youth but haven’t gotten around to getting it on CD I suggest you drop everything and get it, and get Led Zeppelin IV another time. This album has aged very well.

By M. Fantino


Tracklisting

01. A Message To You Rudy
02. Do The Dog
03. It’s Up To You
04. Nite Klub
05. Doesn’t Make It Alright
06. Concrete Jungle
07. Too Hot
08. Monkey Man
09. (Dawning Of A) New Era
10. Blank Expression
11. Stupid Marriage
12. Too Much Too Young
13. Gangsters
14. Little Bitch
15. You’re Wondering Now

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Banzai !

March 16, 2008 Posted by | Music_Ska, The Specials, _MUSIC | Leave a comment