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The Specials to record LP?

The Specials may record a new album after their 30th anniversary reunion tour finishes next month.
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The Specials may record a new album.

Lead singer Terry Hall has revealed the reformed ska group are positive to the idea of recording a third album with their original line-up, after they finish their 30th anniversary reunion tour next month.

Terry told website Spinnermusic.co.uk: "Nothing has been written. We've played around a bit, but we've all agreed that if we're going to make an album, it's got to an incredibly great album.

"If we're up for that, and we think that we have the parts in place, there's no reason we won't start recording. I think at this level we need to play for a while, like we did before we had a record deal."

The Specials originally broke up in 1981 and it wasn't until Terry returned to the group in 2009 that the line-up was said to be a full reunion, despite founding keyboardist and songwriter Jerry Dammers, refusing to rejoin.

The politically motivated band, from Coventry, were revered for tackling issues such as unemployment, racism and teenage pregnancy in their songs, such as 'Ghost Town' and 'Too Much Too Young', and Terry insists if they return to the studio, the same themes still apply in modern Britain.

He said: "The first album came out of our restlessness and the problems that we faced growing up in an industrial city that had fallen apart and the problems that left us. We were the kids of the workers that lost their jobs.

"Unfortunately, those topics are still sort of there today. They take on different shapes. For example, racism in the UK, it's sort of swerved a little. It's heavily against Eastern Europeans, whereas in the 70s, when we formed, a lot of the racism was directed against Asian people.

"But it still exists. It still affects us every day. We've all gone off individually and written our own personal songs and stuff, and I think as a group we have to consolidate. It has to make sense."

Posted on 30 Mar 2010 10:00 to category : Music News

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