The Specials — (Dawning of a) New Era
This is the dawning of a new era!
Woke up and thought, “This ain’t exactly heaven,
Oh shit, this is area seven!”
I’ve never been a big ska guy, but I’ve really fallen in love with the Specials’ debut album. Their ska roots don’t disguise the fact that they’re very much a band of the moment (1979); even their covers bristle with punk rage, cut with a nerdy outsider’s wit (and a disconcerting amount of spite arrayed at women). Their producer? Elvis Costello.
I like it when things make sense.