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Thursday, 4 March 2010

The Specials - Ghost Town

'Ghost Town' is the title of a 1981 song by the British ska band, The Specials. The song is currently ranked as the 90th greatest song of all time, as well as the best song of 1981, by Acclaimed Music

The song was written in response to Margaret Thatcher's policies which the band believed would increase the large-scale unemployment already present in United Kingdom, particularly in Scotland and England's industrialised north and Midlands regions. This was highly relevant to The Specials as they formed and lived in Coventry and saw the effects of the policies first-hand, as their city experienced some of the UK's worst unemployment at levels of 20%. It was also the summer of large-scale riots in Brixton, London and Toxteth, Liverpool amongst others, where there was alleged heavy-handed police treatment of young black men.

Indeed the single was unusual in that it hit the top of the UK Top 40 at the exact time that riots occurred on the streets of Great Britain. The music thus reflected the social spirit of the country.
The song spent three weeks at number one and ten weeks in the top 40 of the UK Singles Chart overall. The track was recorded at the Woodbine Street Recording Studios in Leamington Spa, Warwickshire.

Despite being a song about Coventry, the band chose to film the video of themselves driving a Vauxhall Cresta around some empty London streets.

Ghost Town was at number one in the UK charts during the run-up to the wedding of Prince Charles and Lady Diana Spencer amid much royalty-inspired patriotic rejoicing. This ironic juxtaposition is similar to the notorious events of the Silver Jubilee of 1977 when the Sex Pistols version of 'God Save the Queen' was widely believed to have been the rightful number one during the week of celebrations despite being officially eclipsed by Rod Stewart.

The club referred to in the lines "All the clubs are being closed down" and "Too much fighting on the dance floor" was The Locarno - later Tiffanys - which was also the club setting the scene for the b-side song, 'Friday Night Saturday Morning'. It is now Coventry Central Library.

Click the link below to download the following:
TOTP Performance
Single Version
Extended Version
1991 Dub Version
Chimical Submission Mix
Why - B-Side
Friday Night, Saturday Morning - B-Side


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