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Thursday, August 23 2012

Special Beat Service: An Interview with the English Beat

Though disappointed with UK football, English Beat frontman Dave Wakeling is excited about The Complete Beat , a five-disc box set. He chats about that, touring with the Clash, and the prevalence of reggae.

Monday, June 1 2009

20 Questions: Dave Wakeling

Dave Wakeling, founding member, lead vocalist and songwriter for the legendary ska band, the English Beat, is recording and touring extensively these days. Catch up with Wakeling here on 20 Questions.

Tuesday, July 17 2007

Part 3: Curtis Mayfield to The English Beat (1970-1980)

"Just a spoon full of sugar helps the medicine, go down .." Julie Andrews sang in Mary Poppins. Indeed, a bitter dose of angry words in need of saying, and set to a beat, quite effectively gets heard.


Wednesday, September 19 2012

'The English Beat Live at The US Festival'

Tellingly, the Beat's debut US Festival appearance occurred on the cusp of the New British Invasion.

Monday, July 2 2012

The English Beat: The Complete Beat / Keep the Beat: the Very Best of the English Beat

Two new compilations explore the politics of echo.

Wednesday, August 26 2009

Reel Big Fish + The English Beat + The Supervillains: 27 July 2009 - Houston

Reel Big Fish may be in cruise control as far as their recorded output goes these days, but they still know how to put on a high-energy, fun concert.

Sunday, September 11 2005

The English Beat: In Concert at the Royal Festival Hall [DVD]

Although usually lumped in with the ska revival bands, the English Beat's exhilarating blend of pop hooks, reggae rhythms, jazzy sax breaks, and punky attitude is difficult enough to categorize that they wouldn't stand a chance on today's genre-driven radio or MTV.


Tuesday, March 25 2008

Interview: The English Beat [SXSW 2008]

Ska beats and politically charged lyrics -- two great things that taste great together. Just ask Dave Wakeling, touring once again with the English Beat.


Wednesday, February 4 2009

After 30 years, the English Beat goes on

The English Beat still just can't stop it. Though it's been 27 years since its last album, "Special Beat Service," featuring the classics "I Confess" and

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