The Beat (2)

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2 Tone Ska revival group formed in 1978 in Birmingham, England 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.

Until recently, two different versions of the band toured fairly frequently: "The English Beat starring Dave Wakeling" (a.k.a. The Beat (8), based in California, U.S.A.) and "The Beat with Ranking Roger" (a.k.a. The Beat (6), which also featured Ranking Roger's son Ranking Junior, and was based in the UK.) The latter group ended with the death of Ranking Roger in Spring of 2019.
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Albums

SRK 6091 The Beat (2) - I Just Can't Stop It album art The English Beat* I Just Can't Stop It (Album) Go-Feet Records, Go-Feet Records SRK 6091 US 1980 Sell This Version
203 701 The Beat (2) - Wha'ppen? album art The Beat (2) Wha'ppen? (Album) Go-Feet Records 203 701 Netherlands 1981 Sell This Version
CN 4092/S The Beat (2) - In Concert-289 album art The Beat (2) In Concert-289 BBC Transcription Services CN 4092/S UK 1982 Sell This Version
CS-70032, CS 70032 The Beat (2) - Special Beat Service album art The English Beat* Special Beat Service (Album) Go-Feet Records CS-70032, CS 70032 Canada 1982 Sell This Version
NBC 82-46 The Beat (2) - The Source Christmas Countdown: English Beat / The Go Go's Concert album art English Beat* / The Go Go's* English Beat* / The Go Go's* - The Source Christmas Countdown: English Beat / The Go Go's Concert(2xLP, Promo, Transcription) NBC Radio NBC 82-46 US 1982 Sell This Version
#401 The Beat (2) - BBC Rock Hour #401 album art The Psychedelic Furs / The Beat (2) The Psychedelic Furs / The Beat (2) - BBC Rock Hour #401(LP, Transcription) London Wavelength #401 US 1983 Sell This Version
FLOATD6179 The Beat (2) - Live! At The US Festival '82 & '83 album art 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 album art The Beat (2) The Dub Album(LP, Album) Demon Records FEETLP004 Europe 2012 Sell This Version

Singles & EPs

CHS TT 6 The Beat (2) - Tears Of A Clown / Ranking Full Stop album art The Beat (2) Tears Of A Clown / Ranking Full Stop (Single) Two-Tone Records CHS TT 6 UK 1979 Sell This Version
FSRE 0364 The Beat (2) - Mirror In The Bathroom album art The English Beat* Mirror In The Bathroom Sire FSRE 0364 Canada 1980 Sell This Version
101 937, 101 937 - 100 The Beat (2) - Mirror In The Bathroom album art The Beat (2) Mirror In The Bathroom (Single) Go-Feet Records 101 937, 101 937 - 100 Germany 1980 Sell This Version
102 310, 102310 The Beat (2) - Best Friend / Stand Down Margaret (Dub) album art The Beat (2) Best Friend / Stand Down Margaret (Dub) (Single) Go-Feet Records 102 310, 102310 France 1980 Sell This Version
6RS-64 The Beat (2) - Hands Off... She's Mine / Twist  And Crawl album art The Beat (2) Hands Off... She's Mine / Twist And Crawl (Single) Go-Feet Records 6RS-64 Japan 1980 Sell This Version
FEET 4 The Beat (2) - Too Nice To Talk To album art The Beat (2) Too Nice To Talk To (Single) Go-Feet Records FEET 4 UK 1980 Sell This Version
SAM 3010 The Beat (2) - My Year Is A Day / Mirror In The Bathroom album art 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, FEET 129 The Beat (2) - Doors Of Your Heart album art The Beat (2) Doors Of Your Heart (Single, Maxi) Go-Feet Records feet 129, FEET 129 UK 1981 Sell This Version
K-8320 The Beat (2) - Drowning / All Out To Get You album art The Beat (2) Drowning / All Out To Get You (Single) Go-Feet Records K-8320 Australia 1981 Sell This Version
FEET 11 The Beat (2) - Hit It album art The Beat (2) Hit It (Single) Go-Feet Records, Go-Feet Records FEET 11 UK 1981 Sell This Version
Arista 103343 The Beat (2) - Monkey Murders Et Drowning album art The Beat (2) Monkey Murders Et Drowning(7", Single) Go-Feet Records Arista 103343 France 1981 Sell This Version
FEET 15 The Beat (2) - Jeanette album art The Beat (2) Jeanette (Single) Go-Feet Records FEET 15 UK 1982 Sell This Version
FEET 1216 The Beat (2) - I Confess album art The Beat (2) I Confess (Single, Maxi) Go-Feet Records, Arista FEET 1216 UK 1982 Sell This Version
K-8732 The Beat (2) - Save It For Later album art The Beat (2) Save It For Later (Single) Go-Feet Records K-8732 Australia 1982 Sell This Version
AAJ 1154 The Beat (2) - Can't Get Used To Losing You (1983 Remix Version) album art The Beat (2) Can't Get Used To Losing You (1983 Remix Version) (Single) Go-Feet Records AAJ 1154 South Africa 1983 Sell This Version
AAJ 1157 The Beat (2) - Ackee 1-2-3 album art The Beat (2) Ackee 1-2-3 (Single) Go-Feet Records AAJ 1157 South Africa 1983 Sell This Version

Compilations

XTWO 23 The Beat (2) - I Just Can't Stop It & Wha'ppen album art The Beat (2) I Just Can't Stop It & Wha'ppen (Comp) Arista XTWO 23 UK 1983 Sell This Version

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AXIS23

AXIS23

March 27, 2019
Rest In Peace - Ranking Roger 21/2/63 - 26/3/19
AXIS23

AXIS23

May 18, 2017
Rest In Peace - Papa Saxa 5/1/30 - 3/5/17
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.

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