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The battleof the No.1s..

Which is your favourite and why????





Mine is TMTY. This captures the pure excitement, raw energy and that pure 2Tone sound for me. Its got great lyrics, and although in the past some people have accused Dammers of slight misogynism in a variety of his Specials lyrics, this track also reflects stories and people everyone of us knew. Real life. This a true gem.THE 2Tone single. The power on it form Brads drum intro bursts the ear drums( if you are playing it right!) .I love Ghost Town and this is often seen as the bands magnum opus and in some senses rightly so but TMTY is often overlooked and is essential 2Tone for me. Cool
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Too Much Too Young for me, so much energy, Terry and Nevilles vocals complimenting each other brilliantly, so many sounds going on, the whole EP shows The Specials at their height for me.

Ghost town is more melancholic, finely put together but certainly more bleak and not a song that can be skanked to.
I also always preferred Why? and Friday Night, Saturday Morning from the single release. Also Ghost Town always reminds me of the band splitting which is a big negative.
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The Specials only have 7 singles and two albums so I don't really have any favorites, though The Specials performance of Too Much Too Young on The Old Grey Whistle Test always blows me away. and I love the performance of Ghost Town (film reel version) on Top of the Pops Smile
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Concrete Jungle? Rolling Eyes
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Jett Rink wrote:
Concrete Jungle? Rolling Eyes


Didn't quite get to no1 Jett, probably because it wasn't a single over here!

Would certainly be a contender for best Specials no1 if it had Very Happy
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Too Much Too Young may have reflected the state of the label at the time, it's a great example of what 2 Tone was all about, but Ghost Town reflected the state of the nation at an exact moment in time, any very few records can claim to do that. It's a very unique sounding record, nothing sounded like it before and nothing has since (biting lyrics aside, Too Much Too Young is for all intent and purposes a cover version). To these old ears not only is it the best record ever released on 2 Tone, it's one of the greatest records of all time.
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The Specials' number ones didn't stand out any more than the rest of their tunes for me
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TMTY
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Easy one for me: Too Much Too Young. I remember when I first heard this!! This was all I wanted from music. I was already a Specials fan and had the album with TMTY on it but then this live version was released! It was simply fantastic and is still as good today as it ever was. I also love the live version on the BBC Radio 1 Live In Concert album. I didn't think it came across as well live on the tours since reforming as it did in the earlier days. I felt it had lost a bit of the aggression it once had. TMTY will always be one of my favourite singles. Ghost Town is also brilliant, but TMTY for me.
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This is akin to being asked which of my daughters I love most Laughing

And for that reason ... I'm out.
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And besides, Sunday's for funkin'


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The opposite ends of the Specials spectrum and that's why they're my favourite band Cool
Ghost Town for it's originality. Great though they both are, I prefer most of their other singles.
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I love all three tracks on the Ghost Town e.p. they work so well together.
I think that of all the British singles that got to number one Ghost Town is the best.
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I thought Guns of Navarone, The Skinhead Symphony and the extra tracks on Ghost Town were all equally as good as the A-Sides. and Neville's toasting on the aforementioned live tracks is astonishing, that's what got me into 2 Tone 'the whole "Multicultural" thing, I hadn't heard anything like it before and I haven't heard anything like it since.

Yea "The Specials" Smile
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That, my dear Willo, is like asking me to choose between Mauritius or the Seychelles, lol!

TMTY is an anthem alright, plenty of attitude and balls reflecting the situation as it was then, and is now still.. gets everyone up & dancing, singing, or reminiscing... Ghost Town on the other hand, again a perfectly summed up state of affairs, dark & brooding with what has to be the most emotive brass ever to hit my lucky ears - I don't think I could choose between any of them to be fair!
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In Ghost Town I hear a Bach fugue and the Jackie McLean composition of the same name Cool
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Both quality but TMTY for the energy
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TMTY in my youth, but Ghost Town now.

Not only the defining moment for the band (in more ways than one), but a snapshot of what Britain was like at that time. I was still at school so I didn't realise the full significance of the message - not until years after. When Ghost Town went to number one, I was just happy that they'd topped the charts and I felt proud of them, like you do when the team you support wins a trophy.

I love the Too Much Too Young live version, fond memories of seeing the video... and being miffed everytime the song got faded out halfway through because (shock horror) it mentioned contraception. But then Top of the Pops presenters are known as being such upstanding and moral citizens, aren't they. Shocked

The version of TMTY I've always preferred is the studio one on Specials. The piano on that extended bit is brill.
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Ill probably get slated but much as i get the sentiment and ethos of ghost down i dont really like it..... I much prefer "why" and "Friday night, Saturday morning"........

Too much too young for me. Cool
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its funny cos on twitter quite a few people have said the same
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