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Oxegen – The Specials

Here come the sharp-dressed men. If you required any additional proof that we’re reliving the 1980s at the moment, the sight of a reformed Specials near the top of the bill as well as the miserable rain pelting down as …

Sun, Jul 12, 2009, 22:59

   

Here come the sharp-dressed men. If you required any additional proof that we’re reliving the 1980s at the moment, the sight of a reformed Specials near the top of the bill as well as the miserable rain pelting down as they begin to play should do the trick. This may be a reformation without founder member Jerry Dammers, but it’s one with bite. The band pogo onstage with a bounce that belies their age and happily, the songs too have aged well. The opening “Do the Dog” and “Too Much Too Young” resound with a potency just as sharp as when this two-tone revolution was first put into effect. While the Oxegen juniors may look on a little bemused at the spectacle, the older and greyer folks in the crowd (including many daytrippers obviously here solely to see the band) skank away happily in the rain. Next on the back-to-the-1980s agenda: how about a couple of general elections?