The Specials - Ghost Town (1981)

With their catchy tunes and politically charged lyrics, British Ska band The Specials achieved eight Top Ten singles in the UK during the 80s. They also had two number one singles with Too Much Too Young and Ghost Town, the latter spending three weeks at the top from 11th July 1981.

Although the song is about Coventry, the video for the song features the band driving a Vauxhall Cresta through some deserted streets in London! There was rising unemployment and also riots in several British cities during 1981 under the rule of Margaret Thatcher's Conservative government.

I was 14 years old when this song was released, but unemployment was still a huge problem when I was released into the jobs market two years later (not a pleasant experience!) and there were well over 3 million people claiming the dole.
The Specials - Ghost Town - Two Tone Records

 

The Specials performing Too Much Too Young on The Old Grey Whistle Test