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Encyclopedia > The Beat (band)
The Beat

The Beat in 1981
Background information
Also known as English Beat
Origin Birmingham, England
Genre(s) Ska
2 Tone
Reggae
New Wave
Pop
Years active 1978-1983
2003
2005-present
Label(s) Go Feet, 2 Tone, London Records
Associated
acts
Ranking Roger
Pato Banton
General Public
Fine Young Cannibals
The International Beat
Special Beat
Website http://www.thebeatuk.com/
Members
Dave Blockhead
Wesley Magoogan
Everett Morton
Ranking Roger
Saxa
Dave Wakeling
Ranking Junior
Former members
Andy Cox
David Steele

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Contents

Career

The band was formed in the English city of Birmingham in 1978, during a period of high unemployment and social-political upheaval in the UK. The Beat's songs deal with themes of love, unity and socio-politics over a tight dance beat with influences that include pop, soul, reggae, and punk. The Beat were part of the revival of 1950s and 1960s Jamaican ska rhythms and melodies in the UK. This revival, which is often called the "Second Wave" of ska, blended elements of Jamaican ska with punk rock influences such as uncompromising lyrics, more aggressive guitar playing, and faster tempos. The "Second Wave" of ska is also referred to as the "Two Tone" era of ska, a reference to the 2-Tone record label and to the pro-racial integration beliefs held by ska bands of this era. Other contemporaries of The Beat included The Specials, Bad Manners, The Selecter, and Madness. Motto (French) God and my right Anthem No official anthem - the  United Kingdom anthem God Save the Queen is commonly used England() – on the European continent() – in the United Kingdom() Capital (and largest city) London (de facto) Official languages English (de facto) Unified  -  by Athelstan 927 AD  Area  -  Total 130... Birmingham (pron. ... Year 1978 (MCMLXXVIII) was a common year starting on Sunday (link displays the 1978 Gregorian calendar). ... This article does not cite its references or sources. ... This article needs additional references or sources for verification. ... The Selecter were a ska revival band from Coventry, England, formed in the late 1970s and who became one of the essential bands of the British ska movement. ... Madness are an English pop/ska band from Camden Town, London that formed in 1976. ...


The Beat released three albums: I Just Can't Stop It (1980), Wha'ppen (1981) and Special Beat Service (1982), and a string of well-crafted singles including "Mirror in the Bathroom", the politically-charged "Stand Down Margaret" (which refers to controversial British PM Margaret Thatcher), " Too Nice To Talk To", and "Hands off She's Mine". Ranking Roger, one of the band's vocalists, added a Jamaican flavour to the band's sound with his toasting, a reggae musical style of adding uplifting vocals and shouts over a rhythm track (a practice which paved the way for hiphop). I Just Cant Stop It is the first album by the UKs The Beat. ... Year 1980 (MCMLXXX) was a leap year starting on Tuesday (link displays the 1980 Gregorian calendar). ... Year 1981 (MCMLXXXI) was a common year starting on Thursday (link displays the 1981 Gregorian calendar). ... Special Beat Service was the third and final album by the UKs The Beat. ... Year 1982 (MCMLXXXII) was a common year starting on Friday (link displays the 1982 Gregorian calendar). ... Mirror in the Bathroom may refer to: Mirror in the Bathroom, a song by The Beat (The English Beat) from their 1980 album I Just Cant Stop It Mirror in the Bathroom, a Degrassi: The Next Generation episode named for The English Beat song Category: ... Margaret Hilda Thatcher, Baroness Thatcher, LG, OM, PC (born October 13, 1925), former Prime Minister of the United Kingdom, in office from 1979 to 1990. ... Ranking Roger (b. ... Toasting, chatting, or DJing is the act of talking or chanting over a rhythm or beat. ...


It is Saxa (Lionel Martin b.1930, aka Papa Saxa) who lent the band its Jamaican ska authenticity. Actually from Jamaica, Saxa had played saxophone with Prince Buster, Laurel Aitken and Desmond Dekker in the first wave of ska, as well as with The Beatles in their Liverpool days. Thus, he is often referred to by musical peers as "legendary". Having joined the band to record Tears of a Clown, bringing his characteristic rich, melodic style and his elder and experienced persona, Saxa was a major contributor to the outstanding success of The Beat's first hit single and subsequent touring.[2][3]. The Beat, known in the United States as The English Beat was one of the most important Two Tone ska music groups. ... Ska (pron. ... Cecil Bustamente Campbell (born May 28, 1938), better known as Prince Buster, is a musician from Kingston, Jamaica and regarded as one of the most important figures in the history of ska and rocksteady music. ... Laurel Aitken (April 22, 1927–July 17, 2005) became famous as one of the originators of Jamaican ska music in the late 1950s. ... Desmond Dekker (July 16, 1941 – May 25, 2006) was a Jamaican ska and reggae singer and songwriter. ... The White Album, see The Beatles (album). ... Liverpool is a city and metropolitan borough in Merseyside, England, along the eastern side of the Mersey Estuary. ...


Chart Success

Notable singles from the first album included "Twist & Crawl," "Mirror in the Bathroom," and "Hands Off She's Mine" (with the latter two reaching the U.K. top ten, while another single, "Best Friend," broke the top 30.) The second Beat album, "Wha'ppen?" (1982) was supported by extensive touring, including a U.S. Tour with The Pretenders and the Talking Heads. The album yielded more U.K. hits, including "Too Nice To Talk To" (#7), "Drowning" and "Doors of Your Heart," both of which broke the U.K. Top 40. Throughout their career, The Beat received strong support from fans worldwide, and modern rock radio stations such as KROQ in Los Angeles. [4] The Pretenders are an Anglo-American rock band. ... Talking Heads were an American rock band existing between 1974 and 1991, composed of David Byrne, Chris Frantz, Tina Weymouth and Jerry Harrison. ... KROQ is a commercial rock and roll music radio station in Los Angeles, California, broadcasting on 106. ...


Global Popularity

Although the group's main fan-base was in the UK, they were also popular in Australia thanks to regular exposure on the government-owned rock radio station Triple J and the nationally-broadcast TV pop show Countdown. They had a sizeable following in the US (where the band was known and marketed, for legal reasons, as "The English Beat"), and a strong presence on that country's college radio. The Beat toured the world with well-known artists such as David Bowie, The Police, REM, The Clash, Talking Heads, The Pretenders, and The Specials. Members of the band often collaborated on stage with The Specials. In the early 1990s, Roger joined members of The Specials to form the new band Special Beat, which released two live albums. They supported the Campaign for Nuclear Disarmament and participated in the recording of the various-artists song "Nelson Mandela." Triple J (JJJ) is a nationally-networked, government-funded Australian radio station (a division of the Australian Broadcasting Corporation), mainly aimed at youth (defined as those between 12 and 25). ... Countdown was a long-running popular weekly Australian music television show broadcast by the Australian Broadcasting Corporation from late 1974 until July 19 1987. ... College radio (also known as university radio, campus radio or student radio) is a type of radio station that is run by the students of a college or university. ... David Bowie (IPA: []) (born David Robert Jones on 8 January 1947) is an English singer, songwriter, multi-instrumentalist, producer, arranger and audio engineer. ... The Police are a three-piece rock band consisting of singer/bassist Sting, guitarist Andy Summers, and drummer Stewart Copeland. ... This article is about the band. ... This article does not cite any references or sources. ... Talking Heads were an American rock band existing between 1974 and 1991, composed of David Byrne, Chris Frantz, Tina Weymouth and Jerry Harrison. ... The Pretenders are an Anglo-American rock band. ... This article does not cite its references or sources. ... For the band, see 1990s (band). ... This article does not cite its references or sources. ... Special Beat is a 2 Tone band formed from members of The Specials and The Beat. ... Campaign for Nuclear Disarmament logo In British politics, the Campaign for Nuclear Disarmament has been at the forefront of the peace movement in the United Kingdom and claims to be Europes largest single-issue peace campaign. ... Nelson Rolihlahla Mandela (IPA pronunciation: //) (born July 18, 1918) was the first President of South Africa to be elected in fully-representative democratic elections. ...


Post breakup

The picture cover of the 1980 Best Friend single

After the break-up of The Beat in 1983, Dave Wakeling (guitar, vocals) and Ranking Roger (vocals) went on to form General Public, while Andy Cox (guitar) and David Steele (bass guitar) formed Fine Young Cannibals with vocalist Roland Gift. Ranking Roger also briefly joined Mick Jones' post-Clash band Big Audio Dynamite and performed at several live shows with the band. However, the band broke up shortly after he joined when its last album was shelved by the record company. Meanwhile, the Beat's song "Rotating Head," remixed and renamed "March of the Swivelheads," was famously used in the climactic chase scene of 1986's Ferris Bueller's Day Off; the band was listed in the end credits as "The (English) Beat". Image File history File linksMetadata No higher resolution available. ... Image File history File linksMetadata No higher resolution available. ... Year 1983 (MCMLXXXIII) was a common year starting on Saturday (link displays the 1983 Gregorian calendar). ... Dave Wakeling is a rock singer and guitarist from Birmingham who was in such bands as The Beat (UK), General Public and General Public LTD. http://www. ... This article or section does not adequately cite its references or sources. ... A singer is a musician who uses his or her voice to produce music. ... Ranking Roger (b. ... The band General Public formed after the 1983 break-up of The Beat (see 1983 in music). ... Andy Cox (born 25 January 1956, in Birmingham) is a British guitarist, who along with Dave Wakeling, founded The Beat (known in The United States as The English Beat) in 1979. ... David Steele (born 8 September 1960, Isle of Wight) is an English musician. ... The electric bass guitar (or electric bass) is a string instrument played with the fingers by plucking, slapping, or using a pick. ... The Raw and the Cooked (1989) Fine Young Cannibals were an English band best known for its 1989 hits She Drives Me Crazy and Good Thing. Formed in Birmingham, England, by vocalist Roland Gift and former The Beat members David Steele and Andy Cox. ... Roland Gift as Xavier St. ... Ranking Roger (b. ... Mick Jones on stage with The Clash Michael Geoffrey Jones (born June 26, 1955) is an English guitarist and singer best known for his work as lead guitarist with The Clash. ... This article does not cite any references or sources. ... Big Audio Dynamite (later known as Big Audio Dynamite II and Big Audio, and often abbreviated BAD) was a British musical group formed in 1984 by the ex-guitarist and singer of The Clash, Mick Jones. ... Ferris Buellers Day Off is a 1986 comedy film written and directed by John Hughes. ...


In the 1990s, Roger recorded his solo debut, a reggae-oriented album entitled Radical Departure. In 2001, Roger released another solo album, Inside My Head, which included traditional reggae and ska with influences of electronica, jungle, and dub. Ranking Roger's son, Ranking Junior, has followed in his father's footsteps. In 2005, he appeared on The Ordinary Boys' single "Boys Will Be Boys". To meet Wikipedias quality standards, this article or section may require cleanup. ... Year 2005 (MMV) was a common year starting on Saturday (link displays full calendar) of the Gregorian calendar. ... The Ordinary Boys are an English indie rock band from Worthing, originally named Next in Line. ...


Reformations

The Beat live in London in 2006.
The Beat live in London in 2006.

In 2003, The Beat's original line-up, minus Cox and Steele but with the addition of Junior, played a sold-out one-off gig at the Royal Festival Hall. In 2004 the VH1 show "Bands Reunited" tried unsuccessfully to reunite the original line-up. As of 2005, The Beat has reformed, counting Roger, Blockhead and Morton of the original line-up, with Ranking Junior also on vocals. The band is said to have the blessing of Cox, Steele and Saxa (of Desmond Dekker fame). Image File history File links Size of this preview: 800 × 600 pixels Full resolution (1024 × 768 pixel, file size: 476 KB, MIME type: image/jpeg) The Beat (band) live in 2006. ... Image File history File links Size of this preview: 800 × 600 pixels Full resolution (1024 × 768 pixel, file size: 476 KB, MIME type: image/jpeg) The Beat (band) live in 2006. ... 2003 (MMIII) was a common year starting on Wednesday of the Gregorian calendar. ... The Royal Festival Hall is a concert, dance and talks venue within the South Bank Centre in London, England. ... Bands Reunited was a television program produced by VH1 in 2004. ... 2005 is a common year starting on Saturday of the Gregorian calendar. ... Desmond Dekker (July 16, 1941 – May 25, 2006) was a Jamaican ska and reggae singer and songwriter. ...


The band's lead singer, Dave Wakeling, fronts "The English Beat" in the USA. Members include Wayne Lothian of General Public and Special Beat, Rick Torres of Supreme Beings of Leisure, Rhythmm Epkins, Fernando Jativa, and Paul Welch. They just played shows at Birmingham Symphony Hall, and London's Carling Hammersmith Apollo theater. They are confirmed to open for 311 for part of their 2007 Summer Unity Tour, most dates fall in the month of July. Supreme Beings of Leisure are an electronic/trip-hop band. ... 311 (pronounced three eleven) is an American alternative rock band originating from Omaha, Nebraska. ...



The current UK version of The Beat, featuring Ranking Roger, Everett Moreton & Blockhead Dave, have recorded a new album which will be released sometime in 2007.


Discography

Albums

I Just Cant Stop It is the first album by the UKs The Beat. ... Special Beat Service was the third and final album by the UKs The Beat. ...

Compilations

  • What Is Beat? (1983) UK # 10
  • The Beat Goes On (US, 1991)
  • B.P.M. .. The Best of The Beat (1996) UK # 13
  • Beat This! The Best Of The Beat (2000)
  • The Platinum Collection (2005)

Singles

  • Tears Of A Clown/Ranking Full Stop (1979) UK #6
  • Hands Off - She's Mine (1980) UK #9
  • Mirror In The Bathroom (1980) UK #4
  • Best Friend/Stand Down Margaret (Dub) (1980) UK #22
  • Too Nice To Talk To (1980) UK #7
  • All Out To Get You/Drowning (1981) UK #22
  • Doors Of Your Heart (1981) UK #33
  • Hit It (1981) UK #70
  • Save It For Later (1982) UK #47
  • Jeanette (1982) UK #45
  • I Confess (1982) UK #54
  • Can't Get Used To Losing You (1983) UK #3
  • Ackee 1-2-3 (1983) UK #54

Video

  • Dance Craze (1981 Independent Film - VHS) A compilation that contains live 1980 Beat footage among other Ska bands.
  • The Beat In Concert at the Royal Festival Hall (2005 MVD Visual - DVD)

Footnotes

  1. ^ http://www.allmusic.com/cg/amg.dll?p=amg&sql=11:kxk0ikc6bb59 All Music Guide
  2. ^ http://www.musicianguide.com/biographies/1608001588/English-Beat-The.html Musician Guide
  3. ^ http://andybrouwer.co.uk/basil2.html Statement by Basil Gabbidon of Steel Pulse
  4. ^ The Rolling Stone Encyclopedia of Rock And Roll, Fireside, 2001

Reference

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The Beat (band) - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia (315 words)
The Beat, known in the United States as The English Beat in order to avoid confusion with Paul Collins' (of Nerves fame) band of the same name, was an essential Two Tone ska and pop music group.
Formed in the English city of Birmingham in 1978, The Beat disbanded in 1983, but has reformed in the early 2000s with some of the original line-up.
The band is said to have the blessing of Cox, Steele and Saxa (of Desmond Dekker fame).
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