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Being of General Public Interest

Richard Grabel, Creem, July 1985

AS THE mainstays of the Beat (known in America as the English Beat, to distinguish them from a California power-pop band that had first dibs on the name the Beat), Dave Wakeling and Ranking Roger always seemed on the verge of pop star success. Their gigs were always jammed with very enthused crowds, a lot of people knew who they were, but still they were always a bit short of that real breakthrough.

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