A Specials Special!
UK 2-tone ska heroes
The Specials on Roots Rock Rebel –
Wednesday, September 8, 10pm-12am
31 years ago, a group of working class kids in the poverty-striken town of
Coventry, England, were looking for something to do to break away from the
racism, monotony, and boredom of everyday life in the UK. They took ska and
reggae music from Jamaica, threw in a pinch of British punk, a dash of New
Wave, and so became The Specials! The Specials would go on to kick off the
2-Tone ska craze, and change the face of popular music to come.
In 2009, 30 years after taking the world stage, The Specials reformed for a
reunion tour, which included 6 of the original members of the band. And on
August 27 and 28th, the band came back to Canada to play two shows in
Toronto after many decades of absence.
CKUT's Aaron Lakoff was at the show, and caught up with The Specials
guitarist Lynval Golding for an interview. Tune in to Roots Rock Rebel on
Wednesday, September 8 from 10pm-12am for a two hour Special on the Specials
which will feature the interview with Golding, plus live in studio
appearances from members of Montreal ska bands such as The Kingpins, The
Fundamentals, and Danny Rebel and the KGB who will select their favorite
2-Tone songs and reflect on the Specials concert in Toronto. Enjoy yourself,
it's later than you think!