Too Much Too Young (2:07)

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“Too Much Too Young” is based on the 1969 song “Birth Control” by Lloyd Charmers. It is sometimes wrongly stated that the song was banned by the BBC due to mentions of contraception in the lyrics. This is not true - however, when the song’s promotional video was featured on Top of the Pops, it was cut off just before reaching the final line, “try wearing a cap”.

The song became an instant smash topping the UK singles chart for two weeks in January 1980. It was the first live recording to top the chart since Chuck Berry’s “My Ding-A-Ling” in 1972. It was the shortest song to reach #1 on the UK singles chart in the 1980s at 2’04”


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You've done too much, much too young
Now you're married with a kid when you could be having fun with me
You've done too much, much too young
Now you're married with a son when you should be having fun with me

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  • KevinAshby1980

    I was born in the Ghost Town that was Coventry in 1980. Great band, great song!

    1 Apr 2013 Reply
  • kitching89

    hes just another burden on the welfare state!

    23 Jun 2012 Reply
  • d0l

    blech, beans on toast. s'ghetti on toast is much better.

    17 Mar 2012 Reply
  • lefthandedmoth

    I love how much snottiness intertwines with idealism in this song. "You're married with a kid when you could be having fun WITH ME!"

    6 Mar 2012 Reply
  • ladyemero

    haha making currant buns for tea...

    1 Mar 2012 Reply
  • Kexet1

    How could they ban this song? Condoms for the win!

    12 Feb 2012 Reply
  • chingbling

    Can you have to much when you're young? Take it while you can. Life can kick you in the nuts.

    2 Feb 2012 Reply
  • chingbling

    The Specials were special

    26 Jan 2012 Reply
  • shootbob

    I had too much too young butI im a bloke who kept on the move hence the name

    9 Jan 2012 Reply
  • NitaD1


    3 Jan 2012 Reply
  • Bluekool8

    should be havin fun with me! Sspeeshal 8

    7 Dec 2011 Reply
  • blacklizard63

    The fast version was live (and the single). This is the album version

    2 Dec 2011 Reply
  • nick_honest

    great song

    19 Oct 2011 Reply
  • prominence_la

    @RussellChap - No! I remember a faster version, too, that I fell in love with (indeed, that's how I found the Specials). Although the slower version is certainly clearer.

    7 Oct 2011 Reply
  • Adrian956

    randomly found this song on youtube a day after I found out that "she" was getting married to a douchbag.

    28 Sep 2011 Reply
  • RussellChap

    Um...It seems a lot slower than I remember...Or is that me?

    20 Sep 2011 Reply
  • telecine

    SO bloody special!

    20 Sep 2011 Reply
  • selimteh

    Now, they were special !!!!!!!!

    30 Aug 2011 Reply
  • fergustobin


    6 Aug 2011 Reply
  • ReducedCapacity

    wow...........years since I heard this..........I remember dancing to this as kid and thinking I was well cool...............the passing years have proved my youthful optimism to be just that :(

    21 Jul 2011 Reply
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