Thursday, April 3, 2008
The Specials on the Cover of Mojo
Even though their story has been told many times, it's still a pretty big deal that The Specials command the cover of a major British music magazine like Mojo more than 25 years after they broke up (downer: the US cover sports Neil Young, with the Specials stuck up in the corner). Of note, when you purchase the mag, you receive a free CD with the mag that contains ska and punk cuts by Bob Marley & the Wailers, Neville Stape, Desmond Dekker, Symarip, Belle Stars, Toots & the Maytals, The Ruts, Rico, The Untouchables, Laurel Aitken, and more. They don't have this issue at the newstand near my job yet, but I'm keeping my eyes peeled for it. Also on the Mojo site, they have links to all of The Specials' videos that are lurking out there on the web (in the UK, Chrysalis has released a Specials "best of" collection that includes a DVD of all their videos).
In related Specials news, according to BBC Radio 6, the band is going into rehearsals this summer in order to prepare for a tour in the fall. The article does not mention if every original member is participating (Jerry Dammers?)--only Terry Hall and Lynval Golding are named. Stay tuned.