Ghost Town by The Specials
Few songs evoke their era like The Specials' classic Ghost Town, which is 30 years old,
The record is a depiction of social breakdown that soundtracked an explosion of civil unrest.
Released on 20 June 1981, against a backdrop of rising unemployment, its blend of melancholy, unease and menace took on an entirely new meaning when Britain's streets erupted into rioting almost three weeks later - the day before Ghost Town reached number one in the charts.
This clip shows the band performing the track on Top Of The Pops in 1981.
17 Jun 2011