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The English Beat at Waiting Room
March 23, 2017 @ 8:00 pm
Born out of the 1980s 2 Tone ska revival, The English Beat featured smart, catchy lyrics bended with a patented mix of rock, ska and reggae. Composed of Dave Wakeling (lead vocals/guitars), Ranking Roger (vocals/toasting), Andy Cox (guitar), David Steele (bass), Everett Morton (drums) and Saxa (saxophone), the group quickly found an audience with their barrage of hits including “I Confess,” “Save It for Later,” “Mirror in the Bathroom,” “Too Nice to Talk To” and the cover of Smokey Robinson and The Miracles’ “Tears of a Clown.”
In 1983 the band splintered and was reborn as two hit-making machines. Mr. Wakeling and Mr. Roger became General Public, while Mr. Cox and Mr. Steele and new singer Roland Gift created the Fine Young Cannibals, who scored a smash hit with “She Drives Me Crazy.” Not to be outdone, General Public hit with “Tenderness.”
These days The English Beat goes on led by Mr. Wakeling in America. A second Beat (led by Mr. Roger) exists in England.