The Specials making way back to U.S.

The Specials are playing a spot at Coachella this month, returning to the U.S. for the first time as a (mostly) full band since the early ’80s.

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.

A Message To You Rudy – The Specials

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