The Beat (2)

The Beat (2)

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The Beat
2 Tone Ska revival group (with also some punk, new wave, soul, pop and reggae influences) formed in 1978 in Birmingham, UK in the wake of punk by guitarist/vocalist Dave Wakeling with David Steele (bass) and Andy Cox (guitar) along with rapper/toaster Ranking Roger (Roger Charlery), drummer Everett Morton and veteran Jamaican saxophonist Saxa (Lionel Martin). As there was an eponymous US group emerging at the time they were forced to use the names The English Beat on their American releases and The British Beat briefly in Australia.

The band enjoyed immediate chart success and established their own record label Go-Feet Records. After the split in 1983, Steele and Cox went on to form Fine Young Cannibals and later 2 Men A Drum Machine And A Trumpet while Wakeling, Ranking Roger and Saxa formed General Public. Saxa and Everett Morton also formed International Beat, with some guest appearances by Ranking Roger who also joined members of The Specials in Special Beat.

Nowadays, two different versions of the band tour frequently: "The English Beat starring Dave Wakeling" (based in California) and "The Beat with Ranking Roger" (that features Roger's son Ranking Junior).

The Beat (2) Discography


6483 236 The Beat (2) I Just Can't Stop It (Album) Go-Feet Records, Go-Feet Records 6483 236 Greece 1980 Sell This Version
TC-BT 3 The English Beat* Wha'ppen? (Album) Go-Feet Records TC-BT 3 US 1981 Sell This Version
5204923 The Beat (2) Special Beat Service (Album) Go-Feet Records 5204923 Portugal 1982 Sell This Version
CN 4092/S The Beat (2) In Concert-289(LP, Transcription) BBC Transcription Services CN 4092/S UK 1982 Sell This Version
none The English Beat* BBC College Concert #18(LP, Transcription) London Wavelength none US 1983 Sell This Version
FLOATD6179 The English Beat* Live! At The US Festival '82 & '83 Shout! Factory FLOATD6179 UK 2012 Sell This Version
FEETLP004 The Beat (2) The Dub Album(LP, Album) Demon Records FEETLP004 Europe 2015 Sell This Version

Singles & EPs

CHS TT 6 The Beat (2) Tears Of A Clown (Single) Two-Tone Records CHS TT 6 UK 1979 Sell This Version
SRE49265 The English Beat* Twist & Crawl (Single) Sire SRE49265 US 1980 Sell This Version
FEET 4, FEET 102 706 The Beat (2) Too Nice To Talk To (Single) Go-Feet Records FEET 4, FEET 102 706 Germany 1980 Sell This Version
6RS-64 The Beat (2) Hands Off... She's Mine / Twist And Crawl (Single) Go-Feet Records 6RS-64 Japan 1980 Sell This Version
FEET 3 The Beat (2) Best Friend / Stand Down Margaret (Dub) (Single) Go-Feet Records FEET 3 UK 1980 Sell This Version
101 937, 101 937 - 100 The Beat (2) Mirror In The Bathroom (Single) Go-Feet Records 101 937, 101 937 - 100 Germany 1980 Sell This Version
SAM 3010 Les Irrésistibles / The Beat (2) Les Irrésistibles / The Beat (2) - My Year Is A Day / Mirror In The Bathroom(12", Maxi, Promo) Arabella SAM 3010 France 1980 Sell This Version
FEET 129 The Beat (2) Doors Of Your Heart (Single, Maxi) Go-Feet Records FEET 129 UK 1981 Sell This Version
FEET 11 The Beat (2) Hit It (Single, Maxi) Go-Feet Records, Go-Feet Records FEET 11 UK 1981 Sell This Version
FEET 6 The Beat (2) Drowning / All Out To Get You (Single) Go-Feet Records FEET 6 UK 1981 Sell This Version
Arista 103343 The Beat (2) Monkey Murders(7", Single) Go-Feet Records Arista 103343 France 1981 Sell This Version
FEET 1216 The Beat (2) I Confess (Single, Maxi, EP) Go-Feet Records, Arista FEET 1216 UK 1982 Sell This Version
FEET 15 The Beat (2) Jeanette (Single) Go-Feet Records FEET 15 UK 1982 Sell This Version
K-8732 The Beat (2) Save It For Later (Single) Go-Feet Records K-8732 Australia 1982 Sell This Version
105 515 The Beat (2) Can't Get Used To Losing You (1983 Remix Version) (Single) Go-Feet Records 105 515 Europe 1983 Sell This Version
FEET 1218 The Beat (2) Ackee 1-2-3 (Single) Go-Feet Records FEET 1218 UK 1983 Sell This Version
none The Beat (2) Amnesty International(7", Pic) Amnesty International none UK 1990 Sell This Version


205 586 The Beat (2) What Is Beat? (Comp, Album) Go-Feet Records, Go-Feet Records, Go-Feet Records 205 586 Portugal 1983 Sell This Version

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March 11, 2016
One of the best chart bands of the era. Had a run of superb singles that still sound good today.
My favourite - Twist And Crawl.... a track I used to play out quite a lot and always got a good response - even to serious clubbers , hip hop, soul or even hardcore crowds.
Too Nice To Talk To, Mirror In the Bathroom, Psychedelic Rockers and a load of others all worked well.
It's something to do with that echoed guitar sound I think - really made their records swing.

Don't forget - they brought politics to the charts with Stand Down Margaret and also set up Go-Feet Records - the first label to reissue one of the best ever roots reggae albums - The Congos 'Heart Of the Congos'.
Fond memories of The Beat, great band.


March 26, 2014
Wish someone would list the box set of the first three albums that came out in the UK. I have tried submissions and I always screw them up. It was released in 2013. I bought it through Amazon UK.


November 16, 2011
The Beat are live in concert at London's, Clapham Grand on Fri 02 Dec 2011.

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