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 Tracks

Albums

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 US 1980 Sell This Version
The Beat (2) - Wha'ppen? album art The Beat (2) Wha'ppen? (Album) Go-Feet Records Ireland 1981 Sell This Version
The Beat (2) - Special Beat Service album art The English Beat* Special Beat Service (Album) Go-Feet Records Canada 1982 Sell This Version
CN 4092/S The Beat (2) - In Concert-289 album art The Beat (2) In Concert-289(LP, Transcription) BBC Transcription Services CN 4092/S UK 1982 Sell This Version
none The Beat (2) - BBC College Concert #18 album art The English Beat* BBC College Concert #18(LP, Transcription) London Wavelength none US 1983 Sell This Version
The Beat (2) - Live! At The US Festival '82 & '83 album art The English Beat* Live! At The US Festival '82 & '83 Shout! Factory UK 2012 Sell This Version
The Beat (2) - Live In London album art The Beat (2) With Ranking Roger The Beat (2) With Ranking Roger - Live In London Concert Live UK 2013 Sell This Version
FEETLP004 The Beat (2) - The Dub Album album art The Beat (2) The Dub Album(LP, Album) Demon Records FEETLP004 Europe 2015 Sell This Version
The Beat (2) - Bounce  album art The Beat (2) Feat. Ranking Roger The Beat (2) Feat. Ranking Roger - Bounce (Album) DMF Records (3) UK 2016 Sell This Version
The Beat (2) - Live At The Roundhouse album art The Beat (2) Live At The Roundhouse DMF Records (3) UK 2018 Sell This Version
The Beat (2) - Here We Go Love! album art The Beat (2) Starring Dave Wakeling The Beat (2) Starring Dave Wakeling - Here We Go Love! (Album) Here We Go Records (2) UK 2018 Sell This Version

Singles & EPs

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 UK 1979 Sell This Version
The Beat (2) - Twist & Crawl album art The English Beat* Twist & Crawl (Single) Sire US 1980 Sell This Version
The Beat (2) - Too Nice To Talk To album art The Beat (2) Too Nice To Talk To (Single) Go-Feet Records UK 1980 Sell This Version
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 Japan 1980 Sell This Version
The Beat (2) - Best Friend / Stand Down Margaret (Dub) album art The Beat (2) Best Friend / Stand Down Margaret (Dub) (Single) Go-Feet Records France 1980 Sell This Version
The Beat (2) - Mirror In The Bathroom album art The Beat (2) Mirror In The Bathroom (Single) Go-Feet Records Germany 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
The Beat (2) - Doors Of Your Heart album art The Beat (2) Doors Of Your Heart (Single, Maxi) Go-Feet Records UK 1981 Sell This Version
The Beat (2) - Hit It album art 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 album art The Beat (2) Drowning / All Out To Get You (Single) Go-Feet Records Australia 1981 Sell This Version
Arista 103343 The Beat (2) - Monkey Murders album art The Beat (2) Monkey Murders(7", Single) Go-Feet Records Arista 103343 France 1981 Sell This Version
The Beat (2) - I Confess album art The Beat (2) I Confess (Single, Maxi) Go-Feet Records, Arista UK 1982 Sell This Version
The Beat (2) - Jeanette album art The Beat (2) Jeanette (Single) Go-Feet Records UK 1982 Sell This Version
The Beat (2) - Save It For Later album art The Beat (2) Save It For Later (Single) Go-Feet Records Australia 1982 Sell This Version