Tag: The Specials

‘Margaret on the Guillotine’: Revisiting the classic anti-Thatcher songs of the ’80s

‘Margaret on the Guillotine’: Revisiting the classic anti-Thatcher songs of the ’80s

As one of our readers noted this morning, Morrissey finally got the answer to the question he posed of Margaret Thatcher in his controversial Viva Hate closer “Margaret on the Guillotine”: “When will you die?” The former British prime minister passed away today at age 87.

The Specials begin rolling out dates for first leg of North American tour this March

The Specials begin rolling out dates for first leg of North American tour this March

The Specials have begun announcing dates for the first leg of this year’s North American tour, confirming shows via their Twitter account in Chicago, Los Angeles, San Diego and San Francisco on either side of the band’s planned performances at the South By Southwest festival in March.

The Specials announce U.S. tour, South By Southwest dates as Neville Staple leaves band

The Specials announce U.S. tour, South By Southwest dates as Neville Staple leaves band

The Specials finally are making good on a promise to tour the U.S., today announcing they’ll play two dates at the South By Southwest festival in March as part of the first leg of a larger North American visit — but the shows will not feature co-vocalist Neville Staple, who is leaving the band due to “ill health.”

Readers Poll 2012: Best compilations, box sets and live albums of the year

Readers Poll 2012: Best compilations, box sets and live albums of the year

Today we continue with more results from our Readers Poll 2012, this time counting down the Top 10 compilations, box sets and live albums, with titles from the likes of World Party, James, Joe Strummer & The Mescaleros, Roxy Music, The Specials, Skinny Puppy, Duran Duran and more.

The Specials announce U.K. concerts, hint at ‘two-part tour of the U.S.A.’ in 2013

The Specials announce U.K. concerts, hint at ‘two-part tour of the U.S.A.’ in 2013

The reunion of 2 Tone-era ska giants The Specials rolls into 2013 as the band this week announced a 10-date spring tour of the U.K. and even hinted it would fulfill its promise to return to America, tweeting this morning that “The Specials are discussing a possible two part TOUR OF THE USA in March and late August 2013.”

Free MP3: Madness, ‘Death of a Rude Boy’ — first track off forthcoming 10th album

Free MP3: Madness, ‘Death of a Rude Boy’ — first track off forthcoming 10th album

Ska-pop survivors Madness celebrated their appearance in Sunday’s mammoth, music-filled closing ceremony of the London Olympics — where they performed “Our House,” much like they did for the Queen earlier this summer — by releasing a free track off their forthcoming, as-yet-untitled 10th studio album.

Kate Bush to release new ‘Running Up That Hill’ remix at close of London Olympics

Kate Bush to release new ‘Running Up That Hill’ remix at close of London Olympics

Amid rumors that the stage-shy singer somehow will participate in Sunday’s London Olympics closing ceremony, Kate Bush apparently is set to release a new remix of her best-known hit, ‘Running Up That Hill (A Deal With God).’ A listing for a 2012 remix of the song was up on Amazon.co.uk, although it’s now been removed.

New releases: Roxy Music, Redd Kross, The Specials, Frankie, Bad Brains, Jesus Jones

New releases: Roxy Music, Redd Kross, The Specials, Frankie, Bad Brains, Jesus Jones

This week’s new releases include a 10CD career-spanning box set from Roxy Music, Redd Kross’ first new studio album in 15 years (‘Researching the Blues’), a new live album from The Specials and a vintage one from Bad Brains, and new compilations from Frankie Goes to Hollywood and Jesus Jones.

The Week in Rock: July 1-7, 2012

The Week in Rock: July 1-7, 2012

Welcome to the Week in Rock, where we round up all of the headlines posted on this site over the past week. This edition includes items about Midnight Oil, The Stone Roses, John Lydon, This Mortal Coil, The Specials, Pet Shop Boys, World Party, Mission of Burma, The Smiths and more — plus the latest Auto Reverse mixtape.

The Specials to release ‘More… Or Less’ 2CD live album recorded on 2011 reunion dates

The Specials to release ‘More… Or Less’ 2CD live album recorded on 2011 reunion dates

The Specials next month will release a 26-track live album dubbed ‘More… Or Less: The Specials Live’ in both 2CD and 2LP formats, collecting “the best of the best tracks” from U.K. and European dates on the band’s 2011 reunion tour, EMI Catalogue announced this morning.

Video: ‘Dance Craze: The Best of British Ska… Live!’ — classic 2 Tone concert film

Video: ‘Dance Craze: The Best of British Ska… Live!’ — classic 2 Tone concert film

It’s an absolute crime that 1981’s ‘Dance Craze: The Best of British Ska… Live!’ isn’t available on DVD or Blu-ray, but at least we can share the full 85-minute concert film — featuring classic performances from 2 Tone-era acts The Specials, Madness, Bad Manners, The Beat and more — via the modern miracle of YouTube

New Order returning to U.S. ‘for more shows later in the year,’ may start writing new music

New Order returning to U.S. ‘for more shows later in the year,’ may start writing new music

New Order performed its first U.S. concert in seven years Friday night at Miami’s Ultra Music Festival — but that won’t be the band’s only American appearance this year. The band says: ‘It’s great to back in the U.S., and we will be back for more shows later in the year when we have fulfilled our other live commitments around the world.’

The Week in Rock: Feb. 19-25, 2012

The Week in Rock: Feb. 19-25, 2012

The round-up of this week’s Slicing Up Eyeballs headlines includes news about The Replacements’ Slim Dunlap and Tommy Stinson, New Order, The Specials, Squeeze, Visage, Ian McCulloch and Public Image Ltd. — plus Slicing Up Eyeballs’ third birthday.

Blur, The Specials and New Order to play Olympics Closing Ceremony Celebration

Blur, The Specials and New Order to play Olympics Closing Ceremony Celebration

Three recently reunited U.K. acts — Britpop masters Blur, 2 Tone ska kings The Specials and electronic-rock pioneers New Order — will perform at a giant “Best of British” outdoor concert on Aug. 12 in Hyde Park to cap off the London Olympics, the bands announced Monday.