The Specials, Little Hurricane

When: Tue., March 26, 8 p.m. 2013


This is probably a facile and at least partially idiotic comparison, but something just occurred to me: Ska and emo both started out as unwaveringly authentic punk subgenres and then went to hell in sorta similar ways. Each aesthetic was appropriated by mall-rat posers and both genres are now unanimously associated with the Vans Warped Tour. Pioneers of either genre are by and large buried under the mountain of ersatz manure that ensued. Still, if ska suffers from this sort of generalized dismissal by hacks disguised as tastemakers, anybody who isn't a complete dork surely knows how great and relevant the first Specials record was and still is. It was produced by Elvis Costello, for god's sake. MORGAN TROPER

Price: $33

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