1977 to 2001
November 30, -0001 in Coventry
Coventry, England, United Kingdom
The Specials (sometimes called The Special AKA) are an English "2 Tone" ska revival band formed in 1977 in Coventry, England. Their music combines a danceable ska beat with punk's energy, underpinned by an informed political and social stance. The group was formed by songwriter/keyboardist Jerry Dammers, with Terry Hall (vocals), Lynval Golding (guitar, vocals) and a rhythm section featuring Horace Panter (bass) and John Bradbury (drums). The band wore mod-style 1960s period "rude boy" outfits (pork pie hats, mohair suits, and loafers).