Additional information about this, The Specials vinyl art.
The Specials – The Artist
The Specials, also known as The Special AKA, are an English 2 Tone and ska revival band formed in 1977 in Coventry. After some early changes, the first stable lineup of the group consisted of Terry Hall and Neville Staple on vocals, Lynval Golding and Roddy Radiation on guitars, Horace Panter on bass, Jerry Dammers on keyboards, John Bradbury on drums, and Dick Cuthell and Rico Rodriguez on horns. Their music combines a “danceable ska and rocksteady beat with punk’s energy and attitude”. Lyrically, they present a “more focused and informed political and social stance”. The band had a particular look and wore mod-style “1960s period rude boy outfits (pork pie hats, tonic and mohair suits and loafers)”
Ghost Town – The Song
‘Ghost Town’ is a song by the 2-Tone and ska band, The Specials. The song Ghost Town addresses themes of urban decay, deindustrialisation, unemployment and violence in inner cities, the song is remembered for being a hit at the same time as riots were occurring in British cities. Internal tensions within the band were also coming to a head when the single was being recorded, resulting in the song being the last single recorded by the original seven members of the group before splitting up. However, the song Ghost Town was hailed by the contemporary UK music press as a major piece of popular social commentary.
Human Skull – The Shape
Modelled into a silhouette of a Human Skull. The human skull is the bony structure that forms the head in the human skeleton. It supports the structures of the face and forms a cavity for the brain. Like the skulls of other vertebrates, it protects the brain from injury.
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