The Specials discography

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The Specials discography
Releases
Studio albums 7
Compilation albums 15
EPs 2
Singles 14
Video albums 3
Live albums 6
Tours 1

The following is a comprehensive discography of The Specials, an English ska revival band.

Albums[edit]

Studio albums[edit]

Year Album details Peak chart positions Certifications
(sales threshold)
UK
[1]
CA
[2]
NZ
[3]
SWE
[4]
US
[5]
1979 The Specials 4 21 5 34 84
1980 More Specials
  • Second studio album
  • Release date: October 1980
  • Label: 2 Tone Records
5 49 28 30 98
  • UK certification: Gold[6]
1984 In the Studio
  • Third studio album
  • Release date: June 1984
  • Label: 2 Tone Records
34
1996 Today's Specials
1998 Guilty 'til Proved Innocent!
  • Fifth studio album
  • Release date: 24 March 1998
  • Label: MCA Records
2000 Skinhead Girl
  • Sixth studio album
  • Release date: 17 October 2000
  • Label: Receiver Records
2001 Conquering Ruler
  • Seventh studio album
  • Release date: 13 February 2001
  • Label: Receiver Records
"—" denotes releases that did not chart

Live albums[edit]

Year Album details Peak positions
UK
[1]
1987 Peel Sessions
  • First live album
  • Release date: 1987
  • Label: Peerless
1994 Live at the Palace
  • Second live album
  • Release date: 1994
  • Label: 2 Tone Records
1997 Live at the Moonlight Club
1999 Blue Plate Specials Live
  • Fourth live album
  • Release date: 1999
  • Label: Big Ear Music
Ghost Town Live
  • Fifth live album
  • Release date: 1999
  • Label: Receiver Records
2012 More... Or Less: The Specials Live
  • Sixth live album
  • Release date: 6 August 2012
  • Label: Chrysalis
109

Extended plays[edit]

Year Album details Peak positions
UK
[1]
1980 The Special AKA Live! EP
  • Release date: 26 January 1980
  • Label: 2 Tone Records
1
1993 The Two Tone EP
  • Release date: 1993
  • Label: 2 Tone Records
30
"—" denotes releases that did not chart

Singles[edit]

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Year Single Peak chart positions Album
UK
[1]
IRE
[7]
NZ
[3]
NL
[8]
AUT
[9]
NOR
[10]
US Dance
[11]
US Mod
[11]
1979 "Gangsters" 6 27 20 11 Non album single
"A Message to You, Rudy" 10 19 29 35 7 Specials
1980 "Too Much Too Young" 1 3 15
"Rat Race" 5 17 89 Non album single
"Stereotype" 6 12 41 More Specials
"Do Nothing" 4 13
1981 "Ghost Town" 1 3 20 12 7 Non album single
1982 "The Boiler" (with Rhoda Dakar) 35
"Jungle Music" (with Rico Rodriguez)
"War Crimes" In the Studio
1983 "Racist Friend" 60
1984 "Free Nelson Mandela" 9 6 1 9
"What I Like Most About You Is Your Girlfriend" 51
1988 "Free Nelson Mandela" (re-recording) 93 Non album single
1991 "Ghost Town Revisited" The Singles Collection
1995 "Hypocrite" 66 Today's Specials
1996 "Pressure Drop" Today's Specials
1996 "A Little Bit Me, A Little Bit You" (promo only) Today's Specials
1997 "It's You" 29 Guilty 'Til Proved Innocent!
"—" denotes releases that did not chart

Compilation albums and compilation contributions[edit]

Title Release
date
Label UK Albums Chart[1]
The Singles Collection 1991 2 Tone, CHR TT 5010 10
Coventry Automatics Aka the Specials: Dawning of a New Era 1994 Receiver -
Too Much Too Young: The Gold Collection 1996 EMI -
Concrete Jungle 1998 -
BBC Sessions 1998 EMI -
Best of the Specials 1999 Disky -
Stereo-Typical: A's, B's and Rarities 2000 EMI Records -
Very Best of the Specials and Fun Boy Three 2000 Cleopatra -
Archive 2001 Rialto -
The Specials vs. The Untouchables: Ska's Greatest Stars 2002 Big Eye Music -
Ghost Town 2004 -
The Best of the Specials & Fun Boy Three 2006 Pegasus -
Greatest Hits 2006 Fantastic Prize -
80's New Wave Hits – Rearrangement of The Go-Go's' "Our Lips Are Sealed", with Jane Wiedlin, originally on The Specials vs The Untouchables: Ska's Greatest Stars 2006 Big Eye Music -
The Best of the Specials 2008 EMI 24

Videography[edit]

  • "Dance Craze – The Best of British Ska... Live!" (VHS)
  • "The Special AKA on Film" (1981 VHS & Laserdisc)
  • "The Specials: Too Much, Too Young" (2008 DVD)
  • "The Best of the Specials" (CD/DVD 2008)
  • "The Specials – 30th Anniversary Tour" (2009 DVD)

Films[edit]

Television[edit]

  • Father Ted – Episode – Good Luck, Father Ted – song – "Ghost Town"[12]

Commercials[edit]

  • The song "A Message to You, Rudy" was featured in a SFR television commercial directed by Bruno Aveillan, with world champion football player, Marcel Desailly in 2001
  • The song "Blank Expression" was featured in a Ford Fiesta television commercial in 2003

Video games[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b c d e Roberts, David (2006). British Hit Singles & Albums (19th ed.). London: Guinness World Records Limited. p. 519. ISBN 1-904994-10-5. 
  2. ^ "Search – RPM – Library and Archives Canada". collectionscanada.gc.ca. Retrieved 11 March 2013. 
  3. ^ a b Steffen Hung. "New Zealand charts portal". charts.org.nz. Retrieved 17 October 2013. 
  4. ^ Steffen Hung. "Swedish Charts Portal". swedishcharts.com. Retrieved 17 October 2013. 
  5. ^ Chris Woodstra. "The Specials | Awards". AllMusic. Retrieved 17 October 2013. 
  6. ^ a b [1][dead link]
  7. ^ "The Irish Charts - All there is to know". Irishcharts.ie. Retrieved 17 October 2013. 
  8. ^ Steffen Hung. "Dutch charts portal". dutchcharts.nl. Retrieved 17 October 2013. 
  9. ^ Steffen Hung (15 February 1980). "Austria Top 40 - Hitparade Österreich". austriancharts.at. Retrieved 17 October 2013. 
  10. ^ Steffen Hung. "Norwegian charts portal". norwegiancharts.com. Retrieved 17 October 2013. 
  11. ^ a b Chris Woodstra. "The Specials | Awards". AllMusic. Retrieved 17 October 2013. 
  12. ^ McDonald, Shane (2005). "Father Ted Useless Information". shanemcdonald.com. Retrieved 7 September 2007.