Stopping in Berlin during their European tour this week, iconic British ska band The Specials painted the the town “two tone,” and drummed up a bit of buzz for their collaboration with Fred Perry, their second after a 2009 limited edition line. The Specials are known for their commitment to black-and-white unity — socially, and in style. Their 2011 Perry-wear shirts in polo style have a checkerboard tab and the normally monochrome wreath logo is embroidered in black and white. A T-shirt in black jersey features the band’s logo and set list for the tour on the back. The Perry polos made an appearance on stage, worn by the group’s horn section, keyboardist, and singer-rhythm guitarist Lynval Golding, who said he hadn’t seen the German capital in 30 years, and that it had “come a long way!” Later, at a Fred Perry after-show party in the Grüner Salon, a well-dressed crowd danced as DJ Ulrich Nefzer spun classic ska chosen by the band, while Specials MC Neville Staple grabbed the mic to sing along. One no-show at the after-party was lead vocalist Terry Hall, the only one not smiling during the show at Berlin’s sold-out Columbiahalle — a different spin on rude boy style.

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