THE SPECIALS have claimed that the lyrics to their classic songs are still just as relevant today.

The Coventry band – who have recently reformed – enjoyed chart success in the 1980s with songs such as Ghost Town and Too Much, Too Young.

While they are not planning any new material in the near future, frontman Terry Hall said their songs are still potent today, given the similarities of unemployment and economic difficulty.

"If you check our back catalogue and go through each song, it still applies today and in some cases even more so," he told 6 Music.

He added that the band do not feel an urgent need to come up with new songs as the current social problems are still largely unchanged.

"Climates have changed slightly but we're still faced with this huge recession, unemployment and racism" Hall added.

The line-up – which consists of Terry Hall, Lynval Golding, Neville Staple, Roddy Byers, Horace Panter and John Bradbury, minus Jerry Dammers – kick off their tour on April 22nd in Newcastle.

19/12/2008 11:58:13