"Gangsters" rose to #6 in The Specials' native UK in September 1979, and their next single, "A Message To You Rudy
," came in at #10 in November. In January 1980, they took a crack at America, but their tour there didn't move the needle. They returned to the States in April, and on April 19 became the first ska band to musical guest on Saturday Night Live
, where they performed "Gangsters" and "Too Much Too Young
." Their spirited performance (with Neville Staple toting a tommy gun for "Gangsters") went over well, but still didn't goose sales in that country, where The Specials never cracked the Hot 100.