Too Much Too Young – The Specials (1980)


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An individual, limited edition, example of vinyl record art made from a genuine, original, 45rpm, 7” single featuring the 1980 hit, Too Much Too Young by English 2-Tone and ska revival band, The Specials. The vinyl single has been reworked into a silhouette of vintage baby pram.

A great framed gift for a friend or family member who is a fan of The Specials,  Ska, Baby Prams, Contraception or has a special memory linked to the song.

Presented in a black wooden box frame
Limited Edition of 100, signed and numbered by myself, the artist

Title: Too Much Too Young
Media Artist/s: The Specials
Record Label: Two-Tone
Medium: Mixed media, hand cut from an original 7″ vinyl single
Era: 1980s
Genre: Ska

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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)”

Too Much Too Young – The Song

Too Much Too Young’ is the lead track from The Specials five-track live EP. Written by Dammers and Chalmers, it was released in 1980 as the third single by the band. The EP featured “Too Much Too Young” (originally recorded on the album The Specials) with “Guns of Navarone” recorded live in London; and “Skinhead Symphony” – a medley of “Long Shot Kick De Bucket”, “The Liquidator” and “Skinhead Moonstomp” – which was recorded at Tiffany’s in Coventry. Lead track “Too Much Too Young” was based on the 1969 song “Birth Control” by Lloyd Charmers. The song topped the UK Singles Chart for two weeks in February 1980. It became only the second EP to top the chart after “The Roussos Phenomenon EP” in 1976, and was also the first live recording to top the chart since Chuck Berry’s “My Ding-a-Ling” in 1972. At 2:04, it was the shortest song to reach No. 1 on the UK Singles Chart in the 1980s.

Vintage Baby Pram – The Shape

Modelled into a silhouette of a vintage pram The inspiration for this piece is taken from the songs lyrics “You are married with a kid and should be having fun.’  A baby pram or baby carriage is a method of carrying young children. Originally large and heavy in the Victorian times they were replaced with lighter designs during the latter half go the 1900s.

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Weight 1030 g
Dimensions 25 × 4.5 × 25 cm
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