6/12/13 – The Specials – Ghost Town – 1981

Video Of The Day

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When Ghost town was released in 1981, The Specials were already splitting up. Internal frictions over direction allegedly contributed but it was the spooky melodies, strange chords and the evolving vision of Jerry Dammers the principle songwriter that made this song so special. This song was Number 1 in England for  three weeks and became single of the year for most of the important music magazines. Amazingly the song was never on a studio album, only on a later collection of songs. A song about social unrest and urban decay, it told the story of how people felt at the time. The video had the band driving around the deserted streets of  London early on a Sunday morning in a 1962 Vauxall Cresta. Another incarnation of The Specials that included Dammers would go on to release Free Nelson Mandela and this is why I have chosen a song by them today with the news of Mandela’s death. Dammers eventually quit the music business to become a political activist.

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Ghost_Town_(song)

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/The_Specials

http://www.independent.co.uk/news/obituaries/nelson-mandela-obituary-madiba-the-father-of-south-african-democracy-8654396.html

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One Response to “6/12/13 – The Specials – Ghost Town – 1981”

  1. alienskinmusic December 6, 2013 at 7:50 am #

    It’s always been such a surreal experience listening to Ghost Town. From day one, listening to the song, I felt immersed in a movie that I didn’t quite want to be part of but also knowing that I was just an audience member and could fortunately escape the disturbing visions it conjures. One hell of a great record methinks!

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