The Specials

Viva The Revolution: British Protest Music Is Alive and Kicking

Daniel Jeakins | Posted 05.04.2017 | UK Entertainment
Daniel Jeakins

Every protest needs a soundtrack. The American civil rights movement was accompanied by Bob Dylan's Blowin' In The Wind - in Britain Thatcher's decima...

The Specials Drummer John Dies, Aged 62

The Huffington Post UK | Rachel McGrath | Posted 29.12.2015 | UK Entertainment

The Specials’ drummer John Bradbury has died, at the age of 62. The sad new was shared via the band’s Twitter account, with a simple post that...

Don't Judge Me, but I Don't Like Marvin Gaye or Pharrell Williams

Neil Durkin | Posted 15.05.2015 | UK Entertainment
Neil Durkin

No doubt like a lot of people by now, I've had a quick go at playing the two songs back to back, chucking on Gaye's Got To Give It Up followed by T&P's Blurred Lines, and vice versa. A quick go at playing judge and jury. And, well, yeah they do sound pretty similar. Tempo, the syncopated rhythm, the vocal pitch, even - arguably - the yukky sexism. But hey, what do I know?

Two Tones of Horace Panter: 'I'm Making the Invisible Visible'

Jason Holmes | Posted 15.09.2014 | UK Entertainment
Jason Holmes

"It was something of a shock when The Specials became famous," Horace Panter tells me. "We started off doing things at our own pace, and then, after playing in pubs and clubs, we got a recording contract and started making music at the much faster pace of the record companies."

Stone Foundation: Is This the Best Unsigned Band Around?

Jason Holmes | Posted 25.01.2014 | UK Entertainment
Jason Holmes

Think of Sly and the Family Stone, Dexys Midnight Runners and The Specials. Then think again, because the clue's in the name. Their sound is a fine blend of all that has come to pass, from the blues and early R'n'B, all the way up through to soul and ska and the new wave, so theirs is a solid musical grounding.

The Royal Albert Hall Presents: Photographer Dean Chalkley

Jason Holmes | Posted 08.12.2012 | Home
Jason Holmes

Running until 26 October at the famed London venue, the Dean Chalkley: Look Hear and Young Souls exhibition is a breath of much-needed fresh air for photography in the capital. Jason Holmes ventured west to meet the man

Anarchy in the 100 Club, Almost...

Jason Holmes | Posted 19.11.2012 | UK Entertainment
Jason Holmes

The evening was planned as a retrospective of the album that changed everything for British music. Never Mind The B******* sprang angrily into life in 1977, an original musical work that openly criticised a culturally cobwebbed United Kingdom. But the organisers do not get politeness this evening. Instead they get cat calls and verbal threats.

Duran Duran And Friends To Mark Start Of Olympics

PA | Posted 30.06.2012 | UK Entertainment

Duran Duran are to represent musical talent from England at a concert marking the start of the Olympic Games. The band will appear alongside other ...