R.I.P. TERRY HALL – The Voice/Face/Songwriter Off Ska Legends Death At 63

20 December 2022

Shocking news.

TERRY HALL (born Terence Edward Hall in Coventry UK), the voice/face
and co-songwriter of ska legends THE SPECIALS has passed away following
a short illness. No further details were revealed. He was only 1963.

The band broke the news on their social media.

“It is with great sadness that we announce the passing, following a brief illness, of
Terry, our beautiful friend, brother and one of the most brilliant singers, songwriters
and lyricists this country has ever produced. He will be deeply missed by all who knew
and loved him and leaves behind the gift of his remarkable music and profound

Terry often left the stage at the end of The Specials’ life-affirming shows with three
words…’Love Love Love’. Terry was a wonderful husband and father and one of the
kindest, funniest, and most genuine of souls. His music and his performances encapsulated
the very essence of life… the joy, the pain, the humour, the fight for justice, but mostly the love. We would ask that everyone respect the family’s privacy at this very sad time.”

also was successful with side-projects Fun Boy Three,
The Colourfield and recorded/released 3 solo LPs. Rest in peace.





THE SPECIALS Cover 12 (Non Ska) Protest Songs

3 October 2021

Band: THE SPECIALS (Coventry, UK)
Who: Legendary ska squad
Active: 1977–1981, 1982-1984, 1993, 1996–2001, 2008–present
9 studio albums (this one included)

New album: PROTEST SONGS 1924-2012
A selection of past protests songs written by big names such
as Bob Marley, Frank Zappa, Leonard Cohen and more.
Released: 1 October 2021 – order info here

NME says: “In their early days, The Specials were protest song incarnate. Their very multicultural make-up was a confrontational statement to audiences infested with
National Front thugs. Since their self-titled 1979 debut album, tracks tackling racism,
war, unemployment and national decay helped make them one of the most vital and
socially progressive bands of their age. Their 2019 reunion album ‘Encore’ pulled few
punches too: Black Lives Matter, Windrush, racial integration and gang violence all
came in for The Specials’ uniquely incisive treatment… this is an album of thoughtful
and considered dissent rather than the righteous rage of old. The Specials, perhaps,
have realised sooner than most that all this shouting is getting us nowhere.”

Full review here. Score: 4/5.

Turn Up The Volume: The Specials were a political band from day 1 on, fighting racism, sexism, fascism, and every form of intolerance, inequality, and social isolation. In these restless times, a protest album is no surprise and it’s also not a surprise that it comes
from these ska legends who deliver their first non-ska album with this one.

So it feels a bit strange hearing The Specials swing from soul to reggae, from folk to gospel, from boogie-woogie to pop. Surely, the songs’ content is about rejecting any sort of social injustice, but the over musical tone is upbeat, spirited, hopeful, and totally entertaining.

Stream album here…

1. ‘Freedom Highway’ (The Staple Singers)
2. ‘Everybody Knows’ (Leonard Cohen)
3. ‘I Don’t Mind Failing In This World’ (Malvina Reynolds)
4. ‘Black, Brown And White’ (Big Bill Broonzy)
5. ‘Ain’t Gonna Let Nobody Turn Us Around’ (traditional)
6. ‘Fuck All The Perfect People’ (Chip Taylor & The New Ukrainians)
7. ‘My Next Door Neighbour’
8. ‘Trouble Every Day’ (Frank Zappa & Mothers of Invention)
9. ‘Listening Wind’ (Talking Heads)
10. ‘Soldiers Who Want To Be Heroes’ (Rod McKuen)
11. ‘I Live In A City’ (Malvina Reynolds)
12. ‘Get Up, Stand Up’ (Bob Marley)


Live Music Hope In The UK

In the UK, hope for live music (outdoors) from August on is huge.

Several festival organisers already confirmed the good news. And
not small festivals only, also huge ones like Reading/Leeds and the
legendary Isle Of Wight festival. Also, great one-day events (such as
a big The Specials show) are announced.




This Day In 1980 – THE SPECIALS Topped UK Singles Chart With ‘TOO MUCH TOO YOUNG’

Top singles from the past…

2 February 2021

Band: THE SPECIALS (Coventry, UK)
Active: 1977–1984, 1993, 1996–2001, 2008–present

From the ‘The Special A.K.A. Live E.P’. It was the shortest song
ever – 2 minutes 4 seconds – that topped the British charts.

You’ve done too much
Much too young
Now you’re married with a kid
When you could be having fun with me