live at Hurrah's in NYC, January, 1980.
... honestly, this is a great recording, capturing the band at their peak,
at a time when ska was relevant and dangerous, and not something
carelessly associated with No Doubt
Now, The Specials are one of those canonical bands I've discovered after the fact, which means that I missed-out on their relevance in "the moment." But, over the past year I have become a real fan of the band, both for their music, as well as their political consciousness. Wikipedia has a decent history
of the band if you need more biography.
It's so sad that I was listening to Barry Manilow
when this show was recorded. Anyway . . . .Listen:
Monkey ManBuy: The Specials music
Rude Boys Outa Jail
Doesn't Make It Alright
Too Much Too Young
A Message To You Rudy