The Special A.K.A. - Too Much Too Young - The Special A.K.A. Live!

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The Special A.K.A. - Too Much Too Young
EP by The Special A.K.A. featuring Rico
Released 11 January 1980
Recorded The Lyceum, London, and Tiffany's, Coventry, 1979
Genre Ska, 2 Tone
Length 11:04
Label 2 Tone
Producer Jerry Dammers and Dave Jordan
The Specials singles chronology
"A Message To You, Rudy"
"Too Much Too Young"
"Rat Race"


  "Too Much Too Young - The Special A.K.A. Live!" is a live EP by The Specials with Rico Rodriguez, released on 11 January 1980. On the original release, the front cover credited the performers as The Special A.K.A. featuring Rico, while the back cover mentions and the labels credited only The Specials.

Renowned for their live shows, The Specials released a five-track live EP in January 1980 as the third single by the band. The EP featured "Too Much Too Young" (originally recorded on the album The Specials) with "Guns of Navarone" recorded live in London; and "Skinhead Symphony" - a medley of "Long Shot Kick De Bucket", "The Liquidator" and "Skinhead Moonstomp" - which was recorded at Tiffany's in Coventry.

Lead track "Too Much Too Young" was based on the 1969 song "Birth Control" by Lloyd Charmers. The song topped the UK Singles Chart for two weeks in February 1980. At 2:04, it was the shortest song to reach No. 1 on the UK Singles Chart in the 1980s. Rodriguez played trombone on "Guns of Navarone" and "Long Shot Kick De Bucket", and Dick Cuthell played flugelhorn on "Guns of Navarone".


Track listing

Side A
  1. "Too Much Too Young" (Jerry Dammers, Lloyd Chalmers) - 2:04
  2. "Guns of Navarone" (Dimitri Tiomkin, Webster) - 2:25
Side B - Skinhead Symphony
  1. "Long Shot Kick De Bucket" (George Agard, Sydney Crooks, Jackie Robinson) - 3:10
  2. "The Liquidator" (Harry Johnson) - 1:15
  3. "Skinhead Moonstomp" (Roy Ellis, Monty Naysmith) - 2:11


Chart positions

Chart Peak
Irish Singles Chart 3
UK Singles Chart 1




The Special A.K.A. - Too Much Too Young - The Special A.K.A. Live!

UK Two Tone CHS TT 7 (1980).

EP produced by Jerry Dammers and Dave Jordan.

The vinyl record attains a strong excellent grading, suggesting few plays.

Audio quality is very clear and strong throughout.

Both record centre labels are free from tears, stains or stickers.

The record's laminated flipback sleeve is in excellent condition, displaying only minimal signs of wear.

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