The 80s Come Alive: Gangsters (The Specials)
Although The Specials were only around for a few years in the late 70’s through the early 80’s, they are considered one of the most influential ska bands to ever pogo across a stage. The band released the track ‘Gangsters’ in 1979, on keyboardist Jerry Dammers’ 2 Tone Records. It became a top 10 hit, and saw the band touring extensively across Europe and the U.S. By 1982, it was over for the original lineup of the band, with half the group (including singers Terry Hall and Neville Staple, as well as guitarist Lynval Golding) leaving to form Fun Boy Three and Dammers replacing the departing members with new musicians and carrying on as The Special AKA.
A cramped stage and a prop machine gun. You know it’s gonna be good. This is a performance of ‘Gangsters’ from Saturday Night Live, recorded in April of 1980.