The Boiler was originally released in 1982 as a single. It tells the story of a woman with low self-esteem, she describes herself as an old boiler (a British term for an unattractive woman), who goes out on a date with a guy who spends money on her and, after she rejects his advances,
War Crimes was originally released as a single in 1982 and was then included on the 1984 album In the Studio. It is an anti-war song that condemns the 1982 Israeli invasion of Lebanon by comparing it to the Nazi death camps, claiming that it is the same type of crime though much lesser
Rat Race was originally released as a single in 1980. It is about wasting time studying and working for the Rat Race, doing nothing to further humanity. This is the official video that was released to promote the single. You can buy Rat Race on iTunes. Bradbury; John (9) [More] Byers; Roddy (5)
Ghost Town was originally released as a single in 1981. It is a song about urban decay, deindustrialisation, unemployment and inner city violence. It was written after the band had been on a long tour of the UK and had seen the depressed state of the British public and economy, many of their gigs had
Time for some comedy. What I Like Most About You Is Your Girlfriend was originally released on the 1984 album In The Studio and was the Special AKA‘s last original single. It is a tongue-in-cheek song about being friends with someone because you like their girlfriend. It is the only song that Jerry Dammers took the
Racist Friend was originally released on the 1984 album In The Studio and was a successful single. It is an anti-racist song suggesting that if you know anyone who is racist then you should tell them to either change their views or get out of your life. You can buy Racist Friend on iTunes.
Gangsters is the 1st single of The Specials and the 1st record released on the 2-Tone Record label. It is a reworking of Prince Buster‘s song Al Capone. The song references a tour of France where they were held responsible for the damage caused to a hotel by another English band with the hotel
Too Much Too Young was on the The Special AKA Live! EP that held the top spot for 2 weeks in the UK singles charts in February 1980. It is a song about birth control and Terry Hall often dedicated the song to “all the 13 year old girls in the audience.” A slower,