There was always a lot of chat about whether Terry Hall had been plotting for ages to leave The Specials and form Fun Boy Three or if it was a sudden flash in the pan. I’ve found one interview where he says that he knew when The Specials got to number one with Ghost Town, it would be their final appearance on Top of the Pops.
“I knew that would be the last time I was ever going to be on telly with the Specials and it was, well, emotional.”
For Neville Staple – and there is no ‘s’ on the end of that name, the man himself has told me – The Specials had become way too big as a band. “I mean, there was nearly 14, 15…I dunno, I lost count when it reached 12. We feel freer to move about now.”