4 April 2014
A LOT OF THE FOLK PICTURED ON THIS SLEEVE WILL BE GRANDPARENTS NOW…
There are loads of stats that can be thrown about from today’s offering.
– in February 1981, this became just the second EP ever to reach #1 in the UK singles charts; the first had been back in 1976 when greek crooner Demis Roussos took his Phenomenon EP to the top of the hit parade
– Too Much Too Young became the first live track to reach #1 in more than 9 years; the previous occasion had been Chuck Berry with My-Ding-A-Ling
– at 2:04, the lead track was the shortest #1 throughout the 80s
– the five tracks on the EP had ten different composers
– Terry Hall‘s dad was in the audience for the Coventry gig at which the b-side was recorded; this was the first time he’s seen The Specials perform in concert (the two songs on the a-side were from a separate gig in London)
The thing was, back in 2014, the mp3s put up were of appalling quality with all sorts of hisses and crackles. The fact I’ve now picked up a better copy gives me the excuse to re-post the music.
mp3 : The Specials – Too Much Too Young (live)
mp3 : The Specials – Guns Of Navarone (live)
mp3 : The Specials – Skinhead Symphony (live)*
* features Longshot Kick The Bucket, Liquidator and Skinhead Moonstomp
I feel it is only right that I should close with the two comments which were contributed to the original post, as one is smart/witty and the other is educational.
Jacques the Kipper says:
April 4, 2014 at 12:47 pm
I can see Ellen Degeneres at the back on the left…
Stevo Kifaru says:
April 12, 2014 at 9:24 pm
And ironically/coincidentally the three live tracks on the b-side of this E.P. were recorded at Coventry Tiffany’s where the previous (and first-ever live recording to hit the U.K top spot) No1 My Ding-a-ling was also recorded, albeit the venue was called the Locarno then….
That’ll be The Locarno which is namechecked by Terry Hall in this stunning b-side:-
mp3: The Specials – Friday Night, Saturday Morning