The Specials making way back to U.S.
The Specials led a ska revival in the ’80s that, like punk, produced a lot of songs about the economic hardship of England’s working class. But unlike punk, the music itself was bouncy and joyous. I consider the Specials self-titled debut essential. The music was far more substantive than the next ska wave that hit in the ’90s.
The reunion, involving six of the seven original members, was spurred in part by lead singer Terry Hall’s suicide attempt several years ago, the New York Times reports.
Last year, the band played a reunion tour across Britain. In addition to the Coachella appearance, there are a couple of shows in New York. No word on a Chicago stop.