The Specials‘ bassist on why ‘Ghost Town’ remains relevant in 2019

The Specials‘ bassist on why ‘Ghost Town’ remains relevant in 2019

The bassist of the Ska legendary band The Specials has said it is “scary” that some of the band’s most iconic tracks remain relevant almost 40 years since they were released.

Horace Panter has talked to NME magazine about the iconic track, which tackled the issue of urban decay in the 1980s, and which still holds unexpected significance in 2019.

“It’s scary. It’s really scary that a bunch of people in their sixth decade are still as relevant as they were 40 years ago. It’s extraordinary,” he told the magazine.

“It’s insane. All these political parties are eating themselves and they’re interested about getting their seat at the table. I’m in my mid 60s and I’m able to look at it with more experience, but it scares the bejaysus out of me.”

Panter’s comments come as the UK’s leading political parties step up their campaigning efforts for the forthcoming general election on December 12.

Panter said of the song’s timeless appeal: “I always say injustice is timeless. But it’s also an amazing song, the only one with political weight that’s got to number one. Playing it live for the first time in 1981 was kind of weird, but to have it around in 2019 with that relevance is strange too.”