Written by: Alex Green
The Specials have just released the first single from their upcoming new album.
Titled “Vote For Me,” the song made its debut this week on Steve Lamacq’s BBC Radio 1 show.
A moody ska shuffle, “Vote For Me” is a quietly scathing political number that seamlessly references both The Merchant Of Venice and The Ramones.
The band’s new album is called Encore, and it features three of the original Specials: Terry Hall, Lynval Golding and Horace Panter. Ocean Colour Scene’s Steve Cradock and drummer Kenrick Rowe are also in the band’s lineup.
The legendary Coventry outfit haven’t put out a record since 2001’s Conquering Ruler, but Encore is a significant release in that it features original singer Hall, who has been touring with the band since 2007, but hasn’t recorded with the Specials since 1980’s More Specials.
Encore will not feature original members Jerry Dammers, Neville Staple or Roddy Radiation.
The album will feature new songs as well as covers of “Black Skinned Blue-Eyed Boys” by The Equals and a rowdy take on The Valentines’ “Blam Blam Fever.”
An accompanying disc of live material will also be included with the album.
Encore will be out February of 2019 and the band will be touring in support of the record throughout the spring and summer.
- Black Skinned Blue-Eyed Boys
- Vote For Me
- The Lunatics
- Breaking Point
- Blam Blam Fever
- 10 Commandments
- Embarrassed By You
- The Life And Times (Of A Man Called Depression)
- We Sell Hope