The Specials - Ghost Town (TOTP) (HD)

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It's been called the song that defined a decade and indeed it was and always will be the music track to Thatchers Grim Britain of the 1980's...

It's even been said it was the fuel on the fire that set ablaze the already still simmering tensions still lingering in the UK after the Brixton riots of earlier in April...

Coincidence or not Ghost Town hit the charts and the number one spot right as the summer of riots sparked off in 1981, riots which just so happened to go out of control the very next day after this last ever appearance on Top Of The Pops by The Specials. The song captured perfectly the events of the time and yet the music and lyrics for the song had been gegun to be written almost a year earlier by Jerry Dammers...

All I really know is, it's a bittersweet performance by my favourite band of all time. I still clearly remember having no idea as me and the mates and watched it that Thursday night in July of 1981 overjoyed that The Specials were back at number one in the charts again that the very next day the best band ever for me and countless others was to be no more...

Kinda ironic 35 years on and looking back watching this as the band sang "Bands wont play no more" & "Can't go on no more" in what was an almost party like atmosphere with balloons & silly hats in the audience that those words were to prove to be the actual last goodbye from The Specials as we knew them...

Still, despite the sadness we felt at the time and with the nation in almost complete anarchy on top of waiting for the bomb to drop, you know what... it was still the greatest time of my life, all there was to do really was protest & riot by day and party by night like there was no tomorrow, cos there was sod all else to do in Grim Britain as we waited to be nuked out of unemployed oblivion, but boy am I glad I was there to experience it all... :-)

So here is the last ever performance on Top Of The Pops by The Specials with "Ghost Town" sharpened up and extended to the full length audio track including the eerie wind blowing intro that was always missing from this clip, until now... enjoy yourself, it's later than you think, as someone once sang... :-)


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