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Paul Collins' Beat

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Los Angeles, California, United States (1977 – present)

The Beat (also known as Paul Collins’ Beat) was a band that formed in Los Angeles, California, United States in 1977. The band has been led through several incarnations by and guitarist Paul Collins, the self-proclaimed ‘King of Power Pop’. Fusing the energy of with hooks, he’s had a large underground following, with the Beat’s 1979 self-titled album in particular reviving critical praise.

The roots of the Beat lie in The Nerves, a seminal power pop combo featuring Paul Collins (born 1956, New York City), Peter Case (the future frontman of The Plimsouls), and Jack Lee. Collins played the drums; all three members composed and sang. Collins contributed several songs to the band such as “Walking Out On Love,” “Let Me Into Your Life”, and “Working Too Hard”. The tracks were included in the group’s only release, a 1976 self-titled four-song EP distributed by the independent label ‘Bomp! Records’.

The Nerves are most famous for Lee’s “Hanging on the Telephone”, later popularized by Blondie on their breakthrough album ‘Parallel Lines’. After the Nerves’ sad demise, Collins and Case formed a group called “The Breakaways”. which went through several guitarists until Case and Collins both moved to guitar and recruited Mike Ruiz (drums) and Steven Huff (bass and backing vocals).

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