The English Beat (a.k.a. The Beat in Great Britain) are a 2-Tone ska revival band founded in Birmingham, England, in 1978. Their songs fuse ska, pop, soul, reggae and punk rock, and their lyrics deal with themes of love and unity, and sociopolitical topics.
The group had amazing success in the 1980s releasing: I Just Can’t Stop It (1980), Wha’ppen? (1981) and Special Beat Service (1982), and a string of singles, including “Mirror in the Bathroom”, “Save It for Later”, “Too Nice to Talk To”, “Can’t Get Used to Losing You”, “Hands Off, She’s Mine”, and “All Out to Get You”.
The English Beat broke apart and frontman guitarist Dave Wakeling shifted gears in the 90s. He relocated to Los Angeles, got married, had two kids, and performed bar gigs on the weekends, up and down the Southern California coast. He coached his kids’ soccer teams. He got a gig with Greenpeace. Then one night an old friend – Elvis Costello – told him to get off his ass and start playing music for real again. The result is The English Beat of today starring Dave Wakeling - lead vocals, guitar; King Schascha - toasting; Nucci Cantrell - drums, vocals; Matt Morrish - sax, vocals; Kevin Lum - keys, vocals; Minh Quan - keys, vocals; and Brad Engstrom - bass, vocals
Dave Wakeling leads the two-tone ska revival band known for their fun fusion of ska with punk, reggae, and rock that is present in their top hits like, “Save It for Later”, “Mirror in the Bathroom” and “I Confess!” Their 2017 performance recorded on this album captured who they are perfectly: raucous, rhythmic, and a really good time.
Run Time: Appox. 90 Minutes