The Specials

Not in the Rock & Roll Hall of Fame

Eligible since: 2004 (The 2005 Induction Ceremony)

Previously Considered? No  what's this?

Inducted into Rock Hall Projected in 2028 (ranked #288) .

Essential Albums (?)WikipediaAmazon MP3Amazon CD
Specials (1979)
More Specials (1980)

Essential Songs (?)WikipediaAmazon MP3YouTube
A Message to You Rudy (1979)
Ghost Town (1981)

The Specials @ Wikipedia

The Specials Videos

Will The Specials be inducted into the Rock & Roll Hall of Fame?
"Musical excellence is the essential qualification for induction."


10 comments so far (post your own)

I'm not a huge Ska fan, but it would seem likely that the Hall would eventually recognize the genre somehow; and since the Specials are apparently credited often as the band that got the ball rolling (fusing punk and reggae)... they seem a likely choice for Hall membership.

Posted by Bookhouse88 on Sunday, 01.14.07 @ 06:16am

As much as I like the Specials, I think Madness would get the nod out of sheer notoriety. If you do not know the Specials, get "Gangsters", it's a classic !!

Posted by Thomas on Tuesday, 02.27.07 @ 07:22am

I have a feeling time will catch up with these guys...they just need a new ska act to come along in the mainstream and they'll start earning credit for putting the genre together.

Posted by Casper on Tuesday, 02.27.07 @ 21:27pm

I'd give the nod to The English Beat aka The Beat over Madness or The Specials for first in.

Posted by Starr on Sunday, 06.24.07 @ 12:27pm

"This comin' like a ghost town,
Baaaaaands won't play no more,


Posted by Liam on Monday, 04.7.08 @ 18:42pm

Yes! Absolutely, why no comments since '08?

Posted by Tahvo Parvianen on Monday, 04.4.11 @ 14:24pm

How come The (English) Beat don't have a page here? Madness and the Specials both do. The Beat needs one too!

Madness probably has the best shot of being inducted out of this group, however, I like the Specials better. Specials and More Specials are both fantastic albums.

The Selector, Bad Manners and the Bodysnatchers all don't have pages here either.

Posted by Tahvo Parvianen on Saturday, 11.5.11 @ 15:59pm

RIP Rico Rodriguez

Posted by DarinRG on Saturday, 09.5.15 @ 17:21pm

Wow, I'm blown away that A Message to You Rudy hasn't been inducted in the Song Project. Making a note for next round.

Posted by DarinRG on Saturday, 09.5.15 @ 17:22pm

RIP John Bradbury.

Posted by DarinRG on Tuesday, 12.29.15 @ 23:02pm

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