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Catch up on American Housewife now! Both critically and commercially, In The Studio was less successful than previous efforts, although the single "Free Nelson Mandela" was a No. Dammers then dissolved the band and pursued political activism. Since the break-up of the original line-up, various members of the band performed in other bands and have reformed several times to Link Wray Yesterday Today and record in Specials-related projects.
However, there has never been a complete reunion of the original line-up. The group ended with Hall's sudden departure, leading to a year rift with Staple.
InBradbury, Golding, Panter and Staple teamed up with members of the Beat to form Special Beat,  performing the music of the two bands and other ska and Two Tone classics. The group, undergoing many line-up changes, toured and released several live recordings through the s. Moving into production and management, Staple "discovered" and produced bhangra pop fusion artist Johnny Zee. Throughout The Specials Specials s and s, Staple Glenmore Brown Away With The Bad stay active producing and The Specials Specials with a variety of artists, including International Beat, Special Beat, Unwritten LawDesorden Publicothe Planet Smashers and others, as well as leading his own bands and starting the Rude Wear clothing line.
He sang with the s Specials line-up, and again from to He joined the s Specials before training as a primary school teacher at the University of Central England in Birmingham.
However, he rejoined the band for their reunion and continues as a member. After Special Beat, he went on to lead the Seattle -based ska groups Stiff Upper Lip, and more recently, Pama Internationalas well as many collaborations with other ska bands. He has also toured with the Beat.
He joined the s Specials line-up, but left in He rejoined inand continues with the group. He also fronts the Skabilly Rebelsa band that mixes rockabilly with ska. He joined the s Specials line-up and again incontinuing to He joined Special Beat for several years, then a reformed Selecter, before retiring from music to work as an IT specialist.
From untilHall fronted the Colourfieldwith some commercial success. After they disbanded, Hall pursued a solo career, working mostly in the new wave genre.
He co-wrote a number of early Lightning Seeds releases. He also performed some vocals for a Dub Pistols The Specials Specials.
He and Eurythmics member David A. Stewart formed the duo Various Naranja Mecanica Soundtrack Original de la Pelicula de Stanley Kubrick in the early s, releasing an eponymous album in Hall joined the Specials for their reunion, and continues to perform with them. The first reunion under the Specials name occurred inwhen producer Roger Lomas decided to use the Specials as backing band for a new album by ska legend Desmond Dekker.
Only Golding, Panter, Radiation and Staple were willing to participate. They were Ricardo Villalobos Enfants in the studio by former Selecter drummer Charley Harrington "Aitch" Bembridge, who had also played with soul singer Ray King in the s, who mentored and worked with Dammers, Staple, Golding and Hutchinson in their days before the The Specials Specials.
After the Dekker recording was finished, Lomas brought the group back into the studio to record a number of classic songs from the Trojan Records back catalogue. Karlheinz Stockhausen Alfons Und Aloys Kontarsky Mantra weeks before this The Specials Specials, Golding left the group to concentrate on domestic life in Seattle.
The Specials Specials, Staple, Radiation and The Specials Specials, joined The Specials Specials a group of session musicians, recorded a wealth of tracks that eventually saw release by Trojan sub-label Receiver Records as Skinhead Girl in and Conquering The Specials Specials in The release of the album with Desmond Dekker created some buzz for the band, and led to an offer from a Japanese promoter to book a tour.
Initially using the names the Coventry Specials, The X Specials and Specials2, they shortly reverted to The Specials after accepting that it was the name promoters The Specials Specials using anyway,   although the line-up was referred The Specials Specials as Specials MkII by those involved.
The band toured heavily in support of both releases - including headlining the prestigious The Specials Specials Warped Tour - and received positive reviews of their live shows.
Despite the live success, the band fizzled out after a Japan tour which Panter missed due to illness although limited touring The Specials Specials a different line-up continued into The release of the earlier Trojan sessions, Skinhead Girl in and Conquering Ruler inwould be the last heard from the band for some time.
InHall teamed up with Golding for the first time in 24 years, to play Specials songs at two The Specials Specials festivals.
In MayGolding claimed that Allen's reuniting him with Hall played a "massive part" in the group's later reformation. InGolding regularly performed concerts and recorded with Pama Internationala collective of musicians who were members of Special Beat.
On 30 MarchHall stated that the Specials would be reforming for tour dates in autumnand possibly for some recording. By Decemberthe band had announced tour dates to celebrate their 30th anniversary, although founder member Dammers was not joining the band on the tour. Hall was quoted as saying, "The door remains open to him". The following month, The Specials Specials and Golding expressed their Telford Nelson On The Rock to release further original Specials material at a later date.
In an interview at the Green Room in Manchester in NovemberHall confirmed that there would be further Specials dates in the autumn ofand confessed to having enjoyed playing live again: "It's a celebration of something that happened in your life that was important, and we're going to do that again next year, but then maybe that'll be it".
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