The Beat (2)

The Beat (2)

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The Beat
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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).
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The Beat (2) Discography

Albums

The Beat (2) I Just Can't Stop It (Album) Go-Feet Records, Go-Feet Records Greece 1980 Sell This Version
The English Beat* Wha'ppen? (Album) Go-Feet Records US 1981 Sell This Version
The Beat (2) Special Beat Service (Album) Go-Feet Records 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
CLCD462 The Beat (2) With Ranking Roger The Beat (2) With Ranking Roger - Live In London(2xCDr) Concert Live CLCD462 UK 2011 Sell This Version
The English Beat* Live! At The US Festival '82 & '83 Shout! Factory UK 2012 Sell This Version
FEETLP004 The Beat (2) The Dub Album(LP, Album) Demon Records FEETLP004 Europe 2015 Sell This Version
The Beat (2), Ranking Roger The Beat (2), Ranking Roger - Bounce (Album) DMF Records UK 2016 Sell This Version

Singles & EPs

The Beat (2) Tears Of A Clown (Single) Two-Tone Records UK 1979 Sell This Version
The English Beat* Twist & Crawl (Single) Sire US 1980 Sell This Version
The Beat (2) Too Nice To Talk To (Single) Go-Feet Records Germany 1980 Sell This Version
The Beat (2) Hands Off... She's Mine / Twist And Crawl (Single) Go-Feet Records Japan 1980 Sell This Version
The Beat (2) Best Friend / Stand Down Margaret (Dub) (Single) Go-Feet Records UK 1980 Sell This Version
The Beat (2) Mirror In The Bathroom (Single) Go-Feet Records 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
none The Beat (2) Too Nice To Talk To(Acetate, 7") Tape One none UK 1980 Sell This Version
The Beat (2) Doors Of Your Heart (Single) Go-Feet Records UK 1981 Sell This Version
The Beat (2) Hit It (Single, Maxi) Go-Feet Records, Go-Feet Records UK 1981 Sell This Version
The Beat (2) Drowning / All Out To Get You (Single) Go-Feet Records UK 1981 Sell This Version
Arista 103343 The Beat (2) Monkey Murders(7", Single) Go-Feet Records Arista 103343 France 1981 Sell This Version
The Beat (2) I Confess (Single, Maxi, EP) Go-Feet Records, Arista UK 1982 Sell This Version
The Beat (2) Jeanette (Single) Go-Feet Records UK 1982 Sell This Version
The Beat (2) Save It For Later (Single) Go-Feet Records Australia 1982 Sell This Version
The Beat (2) Can't Get Used To Losing You (1983 Remix Version) (Single) Go-Feet Records Europe 1983 Sell This Version

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Bradx

Bradx

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.
Texasbear

Texasbear

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.
space-funk

space-funk

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

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