With nothing planned this Friday night (you know how it is – soiree here, West End premiere there – the only way not to offend someone is to turn them all down), I’ve been a-surfing YouTube. While there, I came across this video.


If you haven’t yet clicked on the link, it’s the video for the song ‘Ghost Town’ by the Specials. While I love the song, the video is I think relevant to this blog, largely because it’s a fascinating glimpse of the East End pre-redevelopment (although they also visit the City). I recognise quite a lot of the then-abandoned bits of 80s London – they’ve been refurbished and cleaned up, but they’re still there. All in all it’s a nice addition to the ‘London In Ruins’ subgenre.

You can fit a lot of 80s band members into a 50s car. See also 'Driving In My Car' by Madness.

Also, how sad is this? I recognise one of the tunnels they drive down. It’s under the London Bridge viaduct. I need to get out less.

Further viewing

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=MUKvOpCz4zM&feature=channel – The Special AKA (literally The Specials by another name) singing ‘Bright Lights,’ a not entirely complimentary song about the city.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=JppOXQt_fOA&feature=channel – ‘Lonely Crowd,’ in which the vocalist goes to a club in St John’s Wood and has a dreadful time.


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