We Never Feel The Power Of Our Own Hands. Sense The Danger Late. And Only Vaguely Ever Grasp The Means Of Our Sole Salvation.
Madness? Love `em. The Specials? Superb. But my loyalty lies with Birmingham's The English Beat. After first hearing the reverb laden drum/sax intro to Doors Of Your Heart I was hooked. Combining elements of revivalist ska, reggae, and bright pop, the multi cultural English Beat carved out a special place in music over the course of three magnificent albums. Musically more adventurous than their previous releases, Special Beat Service saw the group enjoy success stateside; something that had eluded them prior to that point. It's impossible to say which of their albums is my favorite but SBS tends to rank rather high. For your listening (dis)pleasure:
The English Beat: Jeanette
The English Beat: Sorry
The English Beat: Sole Salvation
The English Beat: Spar Wid Me