THE BEAT (THE ENGLISH BEAT)

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Animated ska revivalists who scored five Top Ten pop hits in their native U.K. from 1979 through 1983.

Birmingham, England's the Beat were one of the earliest and most important ska revivalist groups of the late '70s and early '80s. The multiracial band carved out a distinct sound through the use of alternating lead vocals by guitarist Dave Wakeling and punk toaster/singer Ranking Roger, supported by a tight band that consisted of guitarist Andy Cox, bassist David Steele, and drummer Everett Moreton. The addition of Saxa, an elder saxophonist who'd previously played with Prince Buster and Desmond Dekker, gave the band credibility and fleshed out their sound. A high standing was secured with their early singles, several of which were Top Ten U.K. pop hits. In North America, where they were known as the English Beat (to avoid confusion with Paul Collins' the Beat), their videos were frequently played on
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THE BEAT (THE ENGLISH BEAT) I Just Can't Stop It album cover 4.50 | 1 ratings
I Just Can't Stop It
Dub/Ska 1980
THE BEAT (THE ENGLISH BEAT) Wha'ppen? album cover 0.00 | 0 ratings
Wha'ppen?
Dub/Ska 1981
THE BEAT (THE ENGLISH BEAT) Special Beat Service album cover 0.00 | 0 ratings
Special Beat Service
Dub/Ska 1982

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THE BEAT (THE ENGLISH BEAT) Doors Of Your Heart album cover 0.00 | 0 ratings
Doors Of Your Heart
Dub/Ska 1981

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THE BEAT (THE ENGLISH BEAT) In Concert-289 (aka BBC College Concert #18) album cover 0.00 | 0 ratings
In Concert-289 (aka BBC College Concert #18)
Dub/Ska 1982
THE BEAT (THE ENGLISH BEAT) Live! At The US Festival '82 & '83 album cover 0.00 | 0 ratings
Live! At The US Festival '82 & '83
Dub/Ska 2012

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THE BEAT (THE ENGLISH BEAT) What Is Beat? album cover 0.00 | 0 ratings
What Is Beat?
Dub/Ska 1983

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THE BEAT (THE ENGLISH BEAT) I Just Can't Stop It

Album · 1980 · Dub/Ska
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The Beat, or The English Beat, as they were known in the states, were a musical super nova that burned bright for about four years and then abruptly broke up while they were still successful. Sporting a mix of Caribbean rhythms and punk rock energy, they were a natural to ride the ska revival of the early 80s, but The Beat was always way more than ska imitator wannabes. With at least three band members with bona fide reggae/ska musical roots, The Beat had an authenticity and natural nimble grace to their music that was not matched by their counterparts in the two tone movement. All of this was on full display when they released their opening opus, "I Just Can't Stop It", one of the best dance-able art pop albums in the 80s or in any decade.

In a manner similar to other rhythmically kinetic groups such as The Meters or the JBs, everything great about The Beat starts at the drum set and works its way forward from there. Everett Morton is one of the most overlooked innovative drummers in contemporary music. His ability to play syncopated Caribbean rhythms at break neck tempos made The Beat an irresistible sonic force. Add to that beat foundation a driving dub style bass, two interlocking guitars and Saxa's melodic Jamaican horn lines and you have a rich sonic tapestry. The icing on the cake was the duo vocals of Englishman Dave Wakeling and the Jamaican toasting and harmonies from Ranking Roger which gave The Beat a broad pallet of vocal deliveries.

The icing on the icing is the fact that these guys could write great songs and lyrics that were often either politically clever or sardonically dismayed with relationships. On "I Just Can' Stop It", they also include some creative covers that blend well with their originals. THere are no bad cuts on here, but if you are looking for the high energy barn-burners, try "Click Click", "Noise in this World" or "Two Swords".

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