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The Specials
The Specials, also known as The Special
Special
AKA, are an English 2 Tone and ska revival band formed in 1977 in Coventry.[1] Their music combines a "danceable ska and rocksteady beat with punk's energy and attitude".[2] Lyrically they present a "more focused and informed political and social stance". The band wore mod-style "1960s period rude boy outfits (pork pie hats, tonic and mohair suits and loafers)".[3] In 1980, the song "Too Much Too Young", the lead track on their The Special AKA Live!
The Special AKA Live!
EP, reached No. 1 in the UK.[4] In 1981, the unemployment-themed single "Ghost Town" also hit No
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UK Singles Chart
The UK Singles Chart
UK Singles Chart
(currently entitled Official Singles Chart) is compiled by the Official Charts Company
Official Charts Company
(OCC), on behalf of the British record industry, listing the top-selling singles in the United Kingdom, based upo
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General Public
In public relations and communication science, publics are groups of individual people, and the public (a.k.a. the general public) is the totality of such groupings.[1][2] This is a different concept to the sociological concept of the Öffentlichkeit or public sphere.[1] The concept of a public has also been defined in political science, psychology, marketing, and advertising
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Single (music)
In music, a single, record single or music single is a type of release, typically a song recording of fewer tracks than an LP record, an album or an EP record. This can be released for sale to the public in a variety of different formats. In most cases, a single is a song that is released separately from an album, although it usually also appears on an album. Typically, these are the songs from albums that are released separately for promotional uses such as digital download or commercial radio airplay and are expected to be the most popular. In other cases a recording released as a single may not appear on an album. As digital downloading and audio streaming have become more prevalent, it is often possible for every track on an album to also be available separately
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Extended Play
An extended play record, often referred to as an EP, is a musical recording that contains more tracks than a single, but is usually unqualified as an album or LP.[1][2][3] EPs generally do not contain as many tracks as albums, and are considered "less expensive and time-consuming" for an artist to produce than an album.[3] An EP originally referred to specific types of vinyl records other than 78 rpm standard play (SP) and LP,[4] but it is now applied to mid-length CDs and downloads as well. Ricardo Baca
Ricardo Baca
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Joe Strummer
John Graham Mellor (21 August 1952 – 22 December 2002), known by his stage name Joe Strummer, was a Turkish-born English musician, singer, actor and songwriter who was the co-founder, lyricist, rhythm guitarist and lead vocalist of the Clash, a punk rock band formed in 1976 as part of the original wave of British punk. Their second album, Give 'Em Enough Rope (1978) reached number 2 on the UK charts. Soon after, they achieved success in the US, starting with London Calling (1979), and peaking with 1982's Combat Rock, reaching number 7 on the US charts and being certified 2× platinum there
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Pork Pie Hat
A pork pie hat is one of three or four different styles of hat that have been popular in one context or another since the mid-19th century, all of which bear superficial resemblance to a culinary pork pie foodstuff.[1]Contents1 1830–1865 2 Buster Keaton and the 1920s 3 1930s and 1940s 4 Post 1950 5 Contemporary associations 6 References 7 External links1830–1865[edit] The first hat to be called a pork pie was a hat worn primarily by British and American women from around 1830 through to about 1865. It consisted of a small round hat with a narrow curled-up brim, a low flat or slightly domed crown with a crease running around the inside top edge, and usually with a ribbon or hatband fastened around the shoulder where the crown joined the brim.[2] It was often worn with a small feather or two attached to a bow on one side of the hat
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Rocksteady
Rocksteady
Rocksteady
is a music genre that originated in Jamaica
Jamaica
around 1966.[1] A successor of ska and a precursor to reggae, rocksteady was the dominant style of music in Jamaica
Jamaica
for nearly two years, performed by many of the artists who helped establish reggae. For example harmony groups such as The Techniques, The Righteous Flames
The Righteous Flames
and The Gaylads; singers such as Delroy Wilson, Phyllis Dillon and Roy Shirley; musicians such as Jackie Mittoo, Tommy McCook and Lynn Taitt. The term rocksteady comes from a popular (slower) dance style mentioned in the Alton Ellis
Alton Ellis
song 'Rocksteady' that matched the new sound
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Gary Powell (musician)
Gary Armstrong Powell[1] (born 11 November 1969) is an American drummer.Contents1 Musical career 2 Personal Life 3 References 4 External linksMusical career[edit] He is primarily known for being the former drummer with a high-pitched voice from The Libertines, Dirty Pretty Things, and Eddy Grant
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The Clash
The Clash
The Clash
were an English rock band formed in London in 1976 as a key player in the original wave of British punk rock. They have also contributed to the post-punk and new wave movements that emerged in the wake of punk and employed elements of a variety of genres including reggae, dub, funk, ska and rockabilly. For most of their recording career, the Clash consisted of lead vocalist and rhythm guitarist Joe Strummer, lead guitarist and lead vocalist Mick Jones, bassist Paul Simonon, and drummer Nicky "Topper" Headon. Headon left the group in 1982, and internal friction led to Jones' departure the following year. The group continued with new members, but finally disbanded in early 1986. The Clash
The Clash
achieved commercial success in the United Kingdom with the release of their self-titled debut album, The Clash, in 1977
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Rock Against Racism
Rock Against Racism
Racism
(RAR) was a campaign set up in the United Kingdom in 1976 as a response to an increase in racial conflict and the growth of white nationalist groups such as the National Front. The campaign involved pop, rock, punk and reggae musicians staging concerts with an anti-racist theme, in order to discourage young people from embracing racism. The campaign was founded, in part, as a response to statements and activities by well-known rock musicians that were widely regarded as racist.[1]Contents1 History 2 Love Music Hate Racism 3 Further reading 4 See also 5 Footnotes 6 External linksHistory[edit] Originally conceived as a one-off concert with a message against racism, Rock Against Racism
Racism
was founded in 1976 by Red Saunders, Roger Huddle and others
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The Libertines
The Libertines
The Libertines
are an English rock band, formed in London
London
in 1997 by frontmen Carl Barât
Carl Barât
(vocals/guitar) and Pete Doherty
Pete Doherty
(vocals/guitar). The band, centered on the songwriting partnership of Barât and Doherty, has also included John Hassall (bass) and Gary Powell (drums) for most of its recording career. The band was part of the garage rock revival and spearheaded the movement in the UK. The band gained some notoriety in the early 2000s.[1] Although their mainstream success was initially limited, their profile soon grew, culminating in a No. 2 single and No. 1 album on the UK Charts. In December 2004, their self-titled second album was voted the second best album of the year by NME
NME
magazine
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Paul Weller (singer)
John William "Paul" Weller, Jr. (born 25 May 1958) is an English singer, songwriter, musician. Weller achieved fame with the punk rock/new wave/mod revival band The Jam. He had further success with the blue-eyed soul music of The Style Council (1983–89), before establishing himself as a solo artist in 1991. Despite widespread critical recognition as a singer, lyricist, and guitarist, Weller has remained a national, rather than international, star and much of his songwriting is rooted in British culture
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Top 40
In the music industry, the top 40 is the current, 40 most-popular songs in a particular genre. It is the best-selling or most frequently broadcast popular music. Record charts have traditionally consisted of a total of 40 songs. "Top 40" or "contemporary hit radio" is also a radio format.Contents1 History 2 Top 40 music charts and programs 3 References 4 Further reading 5 External linksHistory[edit] According to producer Richard Fatherley, Todd Storz was the inventor of the format, at his radio station KOWH in Omaha, Nebraska.[1] Storz used what he saw from the repetition of plays on the jukebox to develop his platform. The format was commercially successful, and Storz and his father Robert, under the name of the Storz Broadcasting Company, subsequently acquired other stations to use the new Top 40 format
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Ocean Colour Scene
Ocean Colour Scene
Ocean Colour Scene
(often abbreviated to OCS) are an English rock band formed in Moseley, Birmingham, in 1989.[1] They have had five Top 10 albums including a number one in 1997. They have also achieved seventeen Top 40 singles and six Top 10 singles to date.Contents1 History1.1 Early days (1990–1995) 1.2 Britpop
Britpop
fame (1995–2000) 1.3 Post-britpop (2001–2008) 1.4 Recent years (2009–present)2 Collaborative work 3 See also 4 Discography 5 References 6 External linksHistory[edit] Early days (1990–1995)[edit] Ocean Colour Scene
Ocean Colour Scene
were formed after two other bands called The Boys and Fanatics disbanded
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Cleopatra Records
Cleopatra Records[1] is an American, Los Angeles-based independent record label, founded in 1992 by entrepreneur and music fan Brian Perera
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