Saturday, August 27, 2011

Rare Early 80's Footage of The Specials On BBC TV Show 'Look! Hear!'

In honor of The Specials first show of their very last reunion tour which kicks off at Belsonic in Belfast this weekend, I bring you rare television footage of the band performing three songs from January 1980 on Look! Hear!, a teen-orientated music show broadcast on BBC Midlands between 1977 -81.  Hosted by future punk pop star Toyah Wilcox, the show featured reports on what was hot in the worlds of entertainment and fashion and performances by influential bands -- including nearly every 2-Tone band.

So far only the episode featuring The Specials performing 3 songs ('Too Much Too Young', 'Rat Race' and 'Skinhead Moonstomp') is available for viewing, though I'm hopeful the recently discovered episodes featuring The Selecter (‘Three Minute Hero’, ‘Every Day’, ‘Too Much Pressure’), The Beat (‘Big Shot’, ‘Mirror in the Bathroom’; ‘Ranking Full Stop’), and The Swinging Cats (‘Never on a Sunday’, ‘Away’) will all come on line soon.

Without further ado, I transport you back to height of 2-Tone mania in the U.K. circa 1980.  Enjoy one of the best live television performances of The Specials I have ever seen.  Look for the band at the following times during the program:

09.00 Too Much Too Young
23.30 Rat Race
27.20 Skinhead Moonstomp


Anonymous said...

Thanks for bringing this to my attention! Awesome stuff Marco!

Scott said...

Any info on that first band in the video? I've never heard of them before and can't find a single mention of them anywhere except a couple paragraphs on