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Birmingham, United Kingdom (1978 – 1983, 2005 – present)

The Beat, known in the United States as The English Beat (and the British Beat in Australia and New Zealand) in order to avoid confusion with Paul Collins’ band of the same name, was a popular 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.

One of the more popular and enduring groups of a short-lived trend, The Beat released three albums: “I Just Can’t Stop It” (1980), “Wha’ppen” (1981) and “Special Beat Service” (1982), and a string of excellent singles including “Mirror in the Bathroom”, the politically-charged “Stand Down Margaret” (which refers to controversial British PM Margaret Thatcher), “Save It For Later” and “I Confess”.

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 U.S., and a strong presence on that country’s college radio.

After the break-up of The Beat, Dave Wakeling (guitar, lead 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.


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  • matthewmw

    This should really be autocorrected to just "The Beat."

    25 May 3:33am Reply
  • Dogger_Dog


    22 Jan 3:35pm Reply
  • RussellChap

    Who the hell are The English Beat? It's THE BEAT. Bloody fascist rewriting of history and American Imperialism at work. Well I for one will never listen to The English Beat, The Beat yeah I'll keep listening to them.

    25 Sep 2014 Reply
  • S1D1991

    Greetings from Ukraine)

    7 Jun 2014 Reply
  • NeyFM

    Saving for later

    13 Apr 2014 Reply
  • pollepet

    yeah, yeah, yeah, yeah, yeah, yeah, yeah, yeah, yeah!

    2 Apr 2014 Reply
  • CosmicPi

    What a great band.

    25 Feb 2014 Reply
  • garynotrashcoug

    I have fond memories of driving around Hawaii (the Big Island), slamming The English Beat in my rental car. Also saw them live in San Jose, CA a few years back. Free show in the park. It was killer!

    1 Sep 2013 Reply
  • exeter232

    Coming to Calgary in 3 days, next day is a holiday. Perfect

    24 Mar 2013 Reply
  • RedjMusic

    listening to you right now, not knowing you were here in NYC. cheers

    28 Apr 2012 Reply
  • Mod7Psyche

    Happy Birthday☆Mr. Dave♪

    16 Feb 2012 Reply
  • Zar-Unity

    This band is great. General Public isn't bad for a reformation either. I'm a big fan of both.

    11 Dec 2011 Reply
  • UptownTheatre

    The English Beat is coming to California! We are so excited to have them on our stage in Napa Valley...

    24 Jun 2011 Reply
  • Ahn_Dromeda

    who from the original line-up is on this current tour, anyone know?

    13 Jun 2011 Reply
  • carloshll726

    "Mirror in the Bathroom"

    12 Apr 2011 Reply
  • niceguydave

    So good at the Agincourt in Camberley last night, lots of fun! :D

    19 Feb 2011 Reply
  • Mod7Psyche


    19 Feb 2011 Reply
  • hesua

    like it

    7 Feb 2011 Reply
  • joydivision1980


    25 Jan 2011 Reply
  • TCDB

    The Beat ;)

    25 Jan 2011 Reply
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