Too Much Too Young

Album: The Specials (1980)
Charted: 1

Songfacts®:

  • This tells the story of a teenage mother. It was based on a 1969 song by Lloyd Charmer called "Birth Control." The specials keyboardist Jerry Dammers sped up the tempo and updated the words.
  • This was the shortest UK #1 of the 1980s. The song lasted two minutes and four seconds.
  • This was the title track to the group's live EP The Special A.K.A. Live. The album was all Ska covers, and became only the second EP to top the UK charts (The first was Demis Roussos' The Roussos Phenomenon in 1976). >>
    Suggestion credit:
    Edward Pearce - Ashford, Kent, England, for all above
  • Dammers told the story of the song in an interview with BBC Coventry & Warwickshire's Annie Othen: "I can remember, obviously, what the song was about... I nearly had a thing with a married woman and it didn't happen in the end - obviously because she was married - so there was all that sort of rage and frustration of a young man.
    The song kind of got a happy ending because, obviously, the kid came first. So behind all that rage, it's actually quite nice because we both walked away from it for the sake of the kid."

Comments: 4

  • Melinda from AustraliaFunniest and best song ever about kids with kids. Most bands today would be totally avoid writing a song this blunt. Well perhaps The Dandy Warhol’s would give it a go.
    And I love the line,
    ‘Ain’t he cute, no he aint’
    Everyone can relate to that.
    That moment when you were a teen and your saw one of your friend’s baby for the 1st time.
    And you thought Faaa....rr...kkk. Why has she had a kid’.
    When being young is about havin fun.
    Also love the line ‘no more pickni’ .
    hilarious.
  • Ade from Coventry UkThis was recorded at the same venue as Chuck Berry's My Ding A Ling in Coventry.
  • Richard from London, United KingdomBaked Beans. Don't you have those in the states? Made by Heinz!
  • Lalah from Wasilla, AkI hadn't thought of this song in a while - try the RANDOM SONGFACTs if you haven't yet - All I remember of the lyrics was "Now you're married with a kid when you could be having fun with me" and "Ain't he cute, no he ain't. HE's just another burden on the welfare state". That and a line about beans on toast. What are beans on toast? -It's got to be British.
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