Rudi, A Message To You
Too Much Too Young
Gangsters - Directed by Keef
Concrete Jungle - Taken from Dance Craze
Rudi, A Message To You - Directed by Martin Baker
Too Much Too Young - Directed by Martin Baker
Rat Race - Directed by Martin Baker
Do Nothing - Courtesy of the BBC
Ghost Town - Directed by Barney Bubbles
Enjoy Yourself - Directed by ?
War Crimes - Directed by Jeff Baynes
Alcohol - Directed by Jeff Baynes
Housebound - Directed by Jeff Baynes
Nelson Mandela - Directed by Jeff Baynes
Girlfriend - Directed by Jeff Baynes
'SPECIALS' is not only a musical document of one of the '80s most respected groups, it also stands as a testament to the cinematic ideas of their leader, Jerry Dammers. His contribution, alongside directors such as Jeff Baynes, Martin Baker and the late but sorely missed Barney Bubbles (he directed 'Ghost Town'), gave many of these videos a cutting edge, enhanced by their ironic and dark sense of humour.
The paranoia evoked in 'Housebound' (which cheekily ends on a shot of Buckingham Palace), or the black wit of 'What I Most Like About You' (sic) complement the deeper qualities that The Special A.K.A brought to their later music. On another level, the exuberance displayed in 'Free Nelson Mandela', or some of the earlier Specials footage, testify to the group's energetic and brash appeal to so many people. On the live version of 'Enjoy Yourself' you can hear that Dammers accidently left his drum and organ machine running, out of key and out of time, an accusation that could never be applied to The Specials or The Special A.K.A.
This Video is dedicated to the memory of Barney Bubbles
Dance Craze UK VHS CVHS 5022
On Film UK VHS CVIM 15