Tag: Terry Hall

Listen: The Specials, ‘Vote For Me’ — first new single with Terry Hall since ‘Ghost Town’

Listen: The Specials, ‘Vote For Me’ — first new single with Terry Hall since ‘Ghost Town’

Legendary 2 Tone ska act The Specials this week released its first single with original lead frontman Terry Hall since 1981’s “Ghost Town,” a lilting new song called “Vote For Me” that is the first cut to surface off the band’s forthcoming reunion album Encore. Listen to the full track right here.

The Specials to release new album ‘Encore’ — first recordings with Terry Hall since ‘Ghost Town’

The Specials to release new album ‘Encore’ — first recordings with Terry Hall since ‘Ghost Town’

Ten years into their current reunion, The Specials have announced they’ll release a new album titled Encore next year, the band’s first collection of original material in two decades and its first recordings with original lead singer Terry Hall since the 1981 single “Ghost Town.” Full details, including tracklist, right here.

Listen: The Darling Buds cover The Go-Go’s ‘Our Lips Are Sealed’ for Cassette Store Day

Listen: The Darling Buds cover The Go-Go’s ‘Our Lips Are Sealed’ for Cassette Store Day

Reunited U.K. indiepop outfit The Darling Buds have recorded a cover of The Go-Go’s 1981 hit “Our Lips Are Sealed” — written by Jane Wiedlin and The Specials’ Terry Hall — that will be released on the Neon Maniacs compilation on Cassette Store Day this October. Stream the full song right here.

The Specials announce 12-date tour of Canada and the U.S. coasts in June

The Specials announce 12-date tour of Canada and the U.S. coasts in June

The Specials return to North America this June for a 12-date run of concerts that will take the band to Canada and the east and west coasts of the United States. The tour opens with two shows in Toronto on June 6 and 7, then plays a few East Coast dates, followed by a West Coast run, before ending at a Quebec festival on June 24.

New releases: Heaven 17, The Wedding Present, Terry Hall, Red Hot Chili Peppers

New releases: Heaven 17, The Wedding Present, Terry Hall, Red Hot Chili Peppers

This week’s new releases include new 2CD best-of sets from synthpop masters Heaven 17 and The Specials’ Terry Hall, plus The Wedding Present’s archival 2CD release ‘Live 1990’ and a new 2LP, heavyweight 180-gram audiophile vinyl reissue of the Red Hot Chili Peppers breakthrough smash ‘Blood Sugar Sex Magik.’

The Specials announce 23-date tour of Europe, U.K. for next September and October

The Specials announce 23-date tour of Europe, U.K. for next September and October

Reformed 2 Tone-era ska act The Specials this morning announced a lengthy tour of Europe and the band’s native U.K. next fall, a trek that puts the band’s reunion well into a third year.

Terry Hall: The Specials to tour in 2011, play self-titled debut, ‘More Specials’ live

Terry Hall: The Specials to tour in 2011, play self-titled debut, ‘More Specials’ live

The Specials will continue their reunion in 2011 with a ‘lengthy tour’ that will feature the band performing its self-titled 1979 debut and its 1980 follow-up ‘More Specials’ back-to-back, frontman Terry Hall told a Manchester, England, audience last Friday.

Video: The Specials on ABC’s ‘Amplified’

The ABC News web music series Amplified today posted a nearly eight-minute segment on The Specials, presumably filmed last week while the reunited ska legends were in New York City for a pair of shows to cap off their very brief U.S. tour.

New releases: David Byrne/Fatboy Slim, Robyn Hitchcock; Squeeze, Colourfield reissues

New releases: David Byrne/Fatboy Slim, Robyn Hitchcock; Squeeze, Colourfield reissues

This week’s new releases include new albums from David Byrne & Fatboy Slim (‘Here Lies Love,’ about Imelda Marcos) and Robyn Hitchcock (‘Propellor Time’), plus expanded reissues from David Bowie, The Colourfield and Squeeze.

The Specials to release ’30th Anniversary Tour’ live concert DVD in March

The Specials to release ’30th Anniversary Tour’ live concert DVD in March

Tweet Reformed 2 Tone ska legends The Specials will commemorate last year’s string of sold-out U.K. reunion concerts with the March release of a 24-track […]

Fun Boy Three’s debut album to be reissued with six bonus B-sides, 12-inch remixes

Fun Boy Three’s debut album to be reissued with six bonus B-sides, 12-inch remixes

The 1982 self-titled debut from Fun Boy Three — which spun off from ska revivalists The Specials — will be reissued in expanded form next […]

The Specials plot ‘final’ dates of 30th anniversary reunion tour of U.K.

The Specials plot ‘final’ dates of 30th anniversary reunion tour of U.K.

Reunited 2 Tone ska legends The Specials have announced a second U.K. tour this fall as part of the band’s 30th anniversary celebration — a […]

Ian McCulloch, Martin Gore lend vocals to third Nouvelle Vague album

Ian McCulloch, Martin Gore lend vocals to third Nouvelle Vague album

Having already released two albums of bossa nova-styled New Wave and postpunk covers, French collective Nouvelle Vague has given its upcoming third record a decidedly […]

Video: The Specials reunion makes live debut on ‘Later with Jools Holland’

Video: The Specials reunion makes live debut on ‘Later with Jools Holland’

After a series of half-baked attempts over the years — Special Beat, anyone? — the near-complete reunion of 2 Tone ska legends The Specials finally […]