In the Studio

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This article is about the album. For the radio show, see In the Studio with Redbeard.
In the Studio
Studio album by The Special AKA
Released June 1984
Recorded 1983–1984
Length 42:56
Label 2 Tone Records
Producer Jerry Dammers
The Special AKA chronology
More Specials
In the Studio (as The Special AKA)
The Singles Collection
Professional ratings
Review scores
Source Rating
Allmusic 3/5 stars link
The Guardian 5/5 stars[1]

In the Studio is the third album from The Specials, released in 1984, long after the breakup of the original Specials. It charted in the UK Top 35.

The album was released under the name The Special AKA and was over two years in the making (hence the title). It was not as commercially successful as their previous two albums, although "(Free) Nelson Mandela" and "Racist Friend" became popular singles.

Track listing[edit]

All tracks composed by Jerry Dammers except where noted.

  1. "Bright Lights" (John Bradbury, Stan Campbell, Dick Cuthell, Dammers) – 4:11
  2. "The Lonely Crowd" (Campbell, Dammers, John Shipley) – 3:52
  3. "What I Like Most About You Is Your Girlfriend" – 4:50
  4. "Housebound" – 4:13
  5. "Night on the Tiles" (Dammers, Shipley) – 3:04
  6. "(Free) Nelson Mandela" – 4:07
  7. "War Crimes" – 6:13
  8. "Racist Friend" (Bradbury, Cuthell, Dammers) – 3:49
  9. "Alcohol" – 5:01
  10. "Break Down the Door" (Bradbury, Cuthell, Dammers) – 3:36


The Special AKA
Additional personnel
  • Nigel Reeve – remastering coordination
  • Noel Summerville – remastering
  • Adrian Thrills – sleeve notes
  • David Storey – album cover design


  1. ^ Petridis, Alex (26 March 2015). "The Special Aka: In the Studio review – weird, vivid nightmares on Jerry Dammers' utterly compelling final album". The Guardian. Retrieved 6 December 2016.