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The Specials Are Ska High

Don Snowden, Los Angeles Times, 3 February 1980

MADNESS PROVIDED the L.A. rock audience with its first tantalizing taste of the ska sound that has taken off in England in the past six months. Now the Specials, the acknowledged driving force behind the revival, makes its local debut at the Whisky Friday through next Sunday. The septet has created the sort of word-of-mouth excitement among the new-wave underground that was earlier generated by the Clash.

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