The Specials are an English 2 Tone and ska revival band formed in 1977 in Coventry by Jerry Dammers (songwriter, keyboard), Terry Hall (vocals), Lynval Golding (guitar, vocals), Neville Staples (vocals, percussion), Roddy Radiation (guitar), Sir Horace Gentleman (bass) and John Bradbury (drums). True innovators of the punk era, The Specials began the British ska revival craze, combining the highly danceable ska and rocksteady beat with punk’s energy and attitude and taking on a more focused and informed political and social stance than their predecessors and peers. The band wore mod style 1960s period rude boy outfits (pork pie hats, tonic and mohair suits and loafers). In 1980, the song “Too Much Too Young”, the lead track on their The Special AKA Live! EP, reached No 1 in the UK. In 1981, the unemployment themed single “Ghost Town” also hit No 1 in the UK Singles Chart. After seven consecutive UK Top 10 singles between 1979 and 1981, three members of the group abruptly left to form Fun Boy Three. Continuing on as “The Special AKA” (a name they used frequently on earlier Specials releases), a substantially revised Specials line up issued new material through 1984, including the top 10 UK hit single “Free Nelson Mandela”. After which they dissolved the band. The group reformed in 1993 and have continued to perform and record with varying line ups but without Jerry Dammers.
Lissome Art Studio are proud to introduce a range of stylish limited edition art prints dedicated to The Specials. Each typography poster is individually signed and numbered featuring song titles and lyrics from The Specials albums and most notable recordings.