Monday, February 7, 2011
THE SPECIALS GHOST TOWN (EXTENDED)
The song spent three weeks at number one and ten weeks in the top 40 of the UK Singles Chart overall. The track was recorded at the Woodbine Street Recording Studios in Leamington Spa, Warwickshire.
Despite being a song about Coventry,the band chose to film the video of themselves driving a Vauxhall Cresta around some empty London streets. "Ghost Town" was a hit at the same time that riots occurred in British cities. Guardian critic Alexis Petridis states that "Ghost Town captured the political mood".
The club referred to in the lines "All the clubs are being closed down" and "Too much fighting on the dance floor" was The Locarno, run by Mecca Leisure Group and later renamed Tiffanys, which was also the club setting the scene for the b-side song, "Friday Night Saturday Morning". It is now Coventry Central Library