Big sellers during the mid-1990s, these legend-enshrining albums were also spawned a succession of highly-acclaimed UK Top 10 hits.
Thanks to the release of Queen’s 'Bohemian Rhapsody' biopic, sales of the band’s 'Greatest Hits', which was first released in 1981, have soared.
Whether fighting for the legalisation of cannabis or battling dark forces in politics, the best reggae protest songs spoke to their times yet continue to resonate today.
On that day there will be an official commemorative certificate presentation at City Hall, with The Specials’ founding members Terry Hall, Lynval Golding and Horace Panter in attendance.
Reacting to the news, the band said: "A real thanks to the fans who have stayed with us for all this time. We all share in this, thank you.”
Their first album of new material in over a decade, ‘Encore’ finds The Specials adding to their legacy, “trying to make people aware of what’s going on”.
The 2-Tone icons' new album is available through UMC/ Island on 1 February.
2019 marks the 40th anniversary of the formation of The Specials and the legendary Two-Tone label in Coventry in 1979.
Unafraid to speak up against injustice, the best protest songs take on the issues of their day, but transcend their eras to speak to future generations.
The new release marks the 2-Tone legends' first release with original vocalist Terry Hall since 1981.
From the Hammond B-3 to synths and drum machines, as technology advanced throughout the decades, so artists pushed music into the future. uDiscover traces the fascinating history.
The 'King of Ska,' Prince Buster, born 24 May 1938 in Kingston Jamaica, passed away on 8 september 2016, aged 78. Prince Buster RIP
Rico Rodriguez, the esteemed trombone player who was a member of the Specials and Jools Holland’s Rhythm & Blues Orchestra, has died at the age of 80.