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The Specials: More Specials (Chrysalis CHRS1303); Madness: Absolutely (Sire SRK6094)

Dave Schulps, Trouser Press, January 1981

THE MUSICAL trend of the year in Britain, a nation which obviously relishes its fads, was the emergence of the neo-ska bands. Buoyed by a visually arresting black-and-white aesthetic, the Two-Tone craze took off like a rocket in early 1979 and is just now beginning to decelerate.

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