Rock's Backpages Library Rock's Backpages
the online library of pop writing

The Specials in Hit City

Van Gosse, The Village Voice, January 1980

DADUHDA/DAduhDA/DAduhDA/DAduhDA/DAduhDA/DAduhDA/DAduhDA.... Triplets in two-four, the sound of the Specials: call it ska, call it punky reggae, it's a jumping groove, the group going up and down very fast, never fading. It's you who tire, even standing still, packed into the preppies, trendies, and hardcore fans at Hurrah for the big American debut, 1980's first real night for scenemaking.

Total word count of piece: 851


Becoming a member is easy. Membership gives you access to all the thousands of articles in the library.

Click here to go to Subscribe page.

Click here for academic and other group subscriptions.