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The English Beat (Dave Wakeling)



The Beat (known in North America as The English Beat and in Australia as The British Beat) 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 Beat, consisting of Dave Wakeling (vocals, guitar), Ranking Roger (vocals), Andy Cox (guitar), David Steele (bass), Everett Morton (drums), and Saxa aka Lionel Augustus Martin (saxophone), released three studio albums in the early 1980s: 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”, “Too Nice to Talk To”, “Can’t Get Used to Losing You”, “Hands Off, She’s Mine” and “All Out to Get You”.

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What's Up at the Belly Up podcast this week features Dave Wakeling of English Beat! We talk about the importance of not hot tubing alone, the strangest things he has seen on stage, and his involvement with Green Peace. Dave tells us about his moment with David Bowie involving Red Stripe. Is Dave secretly introverted? Did he once play "Twist and Crawl" three times in a row? Listen more to find out....but the answer is yes in case you have a disorder where you need to know answers right away. We hear his song "The Love you Give Lasts Forever" in our Conference Room Sessions. We drank black coffee!


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