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More Specials

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More Specials is the second album by ska band The Specials, released in October 1980. The album expanded the 2 tone sound of their self-titled debut to include lounge music and other influences. It includes collaborations with The Go-Go's members Belinda Carlisle, Charlotte Caffey, and Jane Wiedlin; Rhoda Dakar from The Bodysnatchers; and Lee Thompson from Madness. The lyrics, like the previous album, were often intensely political.

On the charts, the album hit the Top Five in the UK, where "Rat Race", "Stereotype" and "Do Nothing" hit the Top Ten. "Rat Race" hit #89 on Billboard Music Chart's (US) Club Play Singles chart, while the album as a whole hit #98 on Billboards Pop Albums chart.

More Specials was a hit in the two-tone movement, a late-1970s revival of Jamaican ska from the 1960s. Along with bands like the Bodysnatchers and Madness, The Specials were leaders in this revival, and later heroes for two further ska-punk revivals on the opposite side of the Atlantic: the late 1980s Southern California scene (NOFX, Operation Ivy) and the mid-1990s "third wave of ska" (Sublime, No Doubt) which popularised the mixture in the US.

Contents

  • Track listing 1
    • LP 1.1
    • CD 1.2
  • Personnel 2

Track listing

LP

Side one
  1. "Enjoy Yourself" (Herb Magidson, Carl Sigman) – 3:39
  2. "Rat Race" (Byers) – 3:07 - NB: not included on UK release nor Dutch LP
  3. "Man at C & A" (Dammers, Hall) – 3:36
  4. "Hey, Little Rich Girl" (Roddy Byers) – 3:35 - featuring Lee Thompson
  5. "Do Nothing" (Golding) – 3:43
  6. "Pearl's Cafe" (Dammers) – 3:07
  7. "Sock It to 'Em J.B." (Dunn, Garvin, Holman) – 2:56
Side two
  1. "Stereotype/Stereotype Pt. 2" (Dammers, Staple) – 7:24
  2. "Holiday Fortnight" (Byers) – 2:45
  3. "I Can't Stand It" (Dammers) – 4:01 - featuring Rhoda Dakar
  4. "International Jet Set" (Dammers) – 5:37
  5. "Enjoy Yourself (Reprise)" (Magidson, Sigman) – 1:46
Bonus 7"

Early copies included a free 7" single:

  1. "Braggin' & Tryin' Not to Lie" by Roddy Radiation and The Specials
  2. "Rude Boys Outa Jail (version)" featuring Neville Staple AKA Judge Roughneck

CD

  1. "Enjoy Yourself" (Herb Magidson, Carl Sigman) – 3:39
  2. "Rat Race" (Byers) – 3:07 - NB: not included on UK release nor Dutch LP
  3. "Man at C & A" (Dammers, Hall) – 3:36
  4. "Hey, Little Rich Girl" (Roddy Byers) – 3:35 - featuring Lee Jay Thompson
  5. "Do Nothing" (Golding) – 3:43
  6. "Pearl's Cafe" (Dammers) – 3:07
  7. "Sock It to 'Em J.B." (Dunn, Garvin, Holman) – 2:56
  8. "Stereotype/Stereotype, Pt. 2" (Dammers, Staple) – 7:24
  9. "Holiday Fortnight" (Byers) – 2:45
  10. "I Can't Stand It" (Dammers) – 4:01 - featuring Rhoda Dakar
  11. "International Jet Set" (Dammers) – 5:37
  12. "Enjoy Yourself (Reprise)" (Magidson, Sigman) – 1:46

Personnel

  • Lee Thompson - saxophone
  • Paul Heskett - saxophone
  • Rhoda Dakar - vocals
  • Belinda, Charlotte and Jane - background vocals
  • Dave Jordan - producer, engineer
  • Jeremy (The Blade) Allom - engineer
  • Chalkie Davies & Carol Starr - cover photos & artwork
  • Rick, Sarah, Pat, Rob, Pete - special thanks to
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