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One of the earliest and most important ska revivalist groups, Birmingham's the Beat formed in 1978 (the band had to change its name to the English Beat in the U.S. to avoid confusion with Paul Collins' band of the same name). The multiracial band carved a distinct sound through the use of alternating lead vocals by guitarist Dave Wakeling and punk toaster/rapper Ranking Roger, supported by a tight band consisting of Andy Cox (guitar), David Steele (bass), and Everett Moreton (drums). The addition of 50-year-old saxophonist Saxa, who originally played with Prince Buster and Desmond Dekker, gave the band credibility and fleshed out its sound. An opening spot for the Selecter led to the band's signing to 2-Tone, where they released the hit single "Tears of a Clown," a wonderful version of the Smokey Robinson classic. In 1980, the band decided to form its own 2-Tone-inspired label, Go-Feet (distributed by Arista). A string of hit singles followed in the U.K., including "Mirror in the Bathroom." Their debut LP, I Just Can't Stop It, combined the early hits with other pop/ska-oriented material. "Stand Down Margaret," with its anti-Thatcher stance, found the band moving in a more political direction, leading to several benefit gigs for "radical" causes. Musically, the Beat slowed down the tempo for a more traditional reggae sound showcased on 1981's Wha'ppen. This direction failed to bring the chart success of its predecessor. Featuring a more pop-oriented approach, 1982's Special Beat Service helped the band increase its U.S. fan base through MTV exposure of "Save It for Later" and "I Confess," but the bandmembers decided to call it quits early the following year. Wakeling and Ranking Roger went on to form General Public, and Cox and Steele formed Fine Young Cannibals. ~ Chris Woodstra
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Albums by
The English Beat

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    14 songs

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    I Just Can't Stop It

    16 songs

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    Special Beat Service

    16 songs

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    Wha'ppen?

    16 songs

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    Keep the Beat: The Very Best of the English Beat

    2 songs

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    Tears of a Clown

    16 songs

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    Live At The US Festival '82 & '83

    12 songs

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    I Just Can't Stop It

    12 songs

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    Special Beat Service

    13 songs

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    Wha'ppen?

    15 songs

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    The Beat Goes On

    16 songs

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    Keep the Beat: The Very Best of the English Beat

    12 songs

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    The Platinum Collection

    15 songs

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    Best of the Beat

    15 songs

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    Beat This! The Best of the Beat

    13 songs

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    What Is Beat?

    14 songs

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    I Just Can't Stop It

    16 songs

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    Special Beat Service

    43 songs

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    The Vinyl Collection

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    The Complete Beat

    3 songs

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    Save It for Later

    20 songs

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    In Concert at the Royal Festival Hall

    42 songs

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    Live! at the US Festival: September 3, 1982 & May 28, 1983

    16 songs

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    Live! At the US Festival


Top Songs by
The English Beat

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  2.   Mirror in the Bathroom
  3.   Save It for Later
  4.   Tears of a Clown
  5.   Best Friend
  6.   Twist and Crawl
  7.   I Confess
  8.   Can't Get Used to Losing You
  9.   Stand Down Margaret
  10.   Hand's Off...She's Mine
  11.   Too Nice to Talk To
  12.   Sole Salvation
  13.   Dub in the Bathroom
  14.   Jeanette
  15.   Ranking Full Stop
  16.   March of the Swivel Heads
  17.   Doors of Your Heart
  18.   Too Nice to Talk To featuring Dave Wakeling
  19.   Whine and Grine/Stand Down Margaret
  20.   Walk Away
  21.   What's Your Best Thing
  22.   Jeannette
  23.   I Confess (12" Remix)
  24.   Night and Day
  25.   Get-a-Job/Stand Down Margaret
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