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The Birth Of 2 Tone Records


On this date in 1979, 2 Tone records released their first single. It was called "The Special AKA vs. The Selecter". On the front, The Special A.K.A. did "Gangsters". On the back, The Selecter did "The Selecter". The Special A.K.A. was an alternate name used by The Specials. It was the first release for the two Coventry, England ska bands. The single reached the #6 spot on the U.K. singles chart. It was the starting point for the legendary record label. By the way, The Special A.K.A. were originally known as The Coventry Automatics.

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Video: The Special A.K.A. - Gangsters - on Top Of The Pops - 1979 - youtube

Blogload: Various Artists - This Are 2 Tone - includes both tracks from "The Special AKA vs. The Selecter -


MOOKIE said...

The Specials were also known as (a.k.a.) The Coventry Automatics.

Club80 said...

This is true. This was in the days prior to Terry Hall. Jerry Dammers was the leader at that time. I am going to add to that post.

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