Ghost Town – the Specials – and the 1981 riots


Unbelievable to think but during the riots of the summer of 1981 – The Specials were at number one in the charts with the haunting ska number ‘Ghost Town’. The lyrics brutally summed up the despair being felt in inner cities at the time and the harmonies were chilling. Sadly, this was the high water mark of the band, which split up shortly afterwards.

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