Flashback: 1979: The Specials: A Message to You, Rudy

. Thursday, May 13, 2010

"Released in 1979 on Jerry Dammers' 2Tone label, the album is seen by some as the defining moment in the UK ska scene. Produced by Elvis Costello, the album captures the disaffection and anger felt by the youth of the UK's "concrete jungle" - a phrase borrowed from Bob Marley's 1972 album Catch A Fire but equally apposite used here to describe the grim, violent inner cities of 1970s Britain.....the opening track, "A Message to You, Rudy" was a Dandy Livingstone single in 1967. "


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