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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