The English Beat at the National

beat2Birmingham, England’s the Beat formed in 1978 and in its short time as band, became one of the earliest and most important ska revivalist groups. Known as the English Beat in the U.S. to avoid confusion with Paul Collins’ band of the same name, the band carved a distinct sound led by vocalist and guitarist Dave Wakeling. The band released three studio albums in the early 1980s: “I Just Can’t Stop It,” “Wha’ppen?” and “Special Beat Service” and gave the band many hits including “Mirror in the Bathroom,” “Save It for Later” and “I Confess.”

The band members decided to call it quits in 1983 and went on the form other bands including General Public and Fine Young Cannibals. Although broken up, the English Beat continued to release “greatest hits” compilation albums over the next 20 years. Last year saw the release of a “Best of the Beat” compilation album and “The Complete Beat,” a collected set of all three studio albums remastered with additional bonus content.

The English Beat performs at the National on Saturday, April 27.

Mirror in the Bathroom

Save It For Later


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