Up until 20 minutes ago, I would have said that this was the only song I'd ever bought on the basis of seeing the video. As a 14 year old, the world of Ska was a mystery to me, with only the Fun Boy 3 showing any kind of demonstration.
Then one saturday morning, probably on kids TV, they played this video, and I was mesmerised. So completely stunned that by the afternoon I owned this very single.
I think in a way it scared me - the music was so different to anything I usually listened to, creepy almost. It certainly made me feel very uncomfortable. And the cover of the single also creeped me out in an unpleasant way, and even now I find it hard to look at for too long, which I know is not becoming of a grown man, but still...
Anyway, again, thanks to YouTube, I found the video, and I cannot for the life of me see what would have appealed to my 14 year old self. It's extremely 80s looking, which I suppose is hardly surprising, and old Jerry Dammers is a bit weird, but no, I just can't see it.
However, it was thanks to this song that I grew to love Ska in general, and the Specials / Special AKA in particular.