Where are they now?

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THE SPE­CIALS

Formed in Coven­try, 1977, The Spe­cials (left) went through the usual break-ups, but are now back per­form­ing (mi­nus found­ing mem­ber Jerry Dam­mers). Their most re­cent ap­pear­ance? Hyde Park in July for the clos­ing cer­e­mony of the Olympics.

BODYSNATCHERS

Formed in Lon­don, 1979, this all-fe­male ska band is per­haps best known for the 1980 hit sin­gle, Let’s Do The

Rock Steady. The band split up in 1981, but some orig­i­nal mem­bers sub­se­quently went on to form The Belle Stars. Both bands are now de­funct.

THE SE­LEC­TOR

Formed in Coven­try, 1979, this band, fronted by “rude girl” Pauline Black, fused ska grooves with po­lit­i­cally charged lyrics. De­spite a hia­tus here and there, as well as Black’s suc­cess­ful side ca­reer as an ac­tor, The Se­lec­tor is still go­ing strong.

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