The Specials with Guests

Showbox (map) Downtown
Tues June 13 at 8 pm 21+

Who knew second-wave British ska would have such legs? Here we are, almost four decades out since the Specials’ 2 Tone’d 1979–1981 heyday, and they’re still playing big venues in the United States—although without founding member and key composer Jerry Dammers. The Specials’ self-titled debut album is an exemplar of punk-infused ska with indelible hooks plus inventive covers of Rufus Thomas’s R&B party jam “Do the Dog” and Toots Hibbert’s careening “Monkey Man.” Some fans think follow-up More Specials is just as good if not better than the first one, but it has nothing on it as momentous as the gravely skanking 1981 single “Ghost Town.” It’s a moving expression of urban dread and desolation, but shot through with spasms of nearly absurd jauntiness, which tilts the song into genius. “Ghost Town” remains one of the greatest hit singles in any country at any time. Encore! DAVE SEGAL

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1426 First Ave, Seattle, WA 98101

Event Times
  • Tues June 13 at 8 pm
  • Funk/Reggae, Rock/Pop
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