The Special AKA: Still Special (After All These Years)
Max Bell, The Face, June 1984
Jerry Dammers appeared on the cover of the first ever issue of THE FACE. The General, as he was nick-named then, led his group The Specials and their accompanying 2-Tone army through the concert halls and pop charts of the UK. Since the break-up of his 2-Tone empire, the General's missives have been rare but always commanding a special attention. On the eve of the release of his first album in over three years, and with rumours of his new group Special AKA again collapsing around him, Dammers was in his usual mood of unbalanced optimism.
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