The Specials are an English 2 Tone and ska revival band formed in 1977 in Coventry. In 1980, the song “Too Much Too Young”, the lead track on their The Specials AKA Live! EP, reached No. 1 in the UK, with the unemployment-themed single “Ghost Town” also hit No. 1 in the UK Singles Chart in 1981.
More Specials was released in October 1980. The album hit the Top Five in the UK, where singles “Rat Race”, “Stereotype” and “Do Nothing” hit the Top Ten. “Rat Race” hit No. 89 on Billboard Music Chart’s (US) Club Play Singles chart, while the album hit No. 98 on Billboard’s Top 200 albums chart.