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The Beat (1981)

Interview by John Tobler, Rock's Backpages audio, November 1981

David Steele and Ranking Roger talk about playing political benefits; their unconcern with breaking America; changing producers; Malu Halasa's book about them; their record deal; their Go-Feet label, and working with the Congos' Cedric Myton; Saxa taking a back seat and his son Lionel taking over; doing cover versions; their new single 'Hit It', and their opposition to nuclear weapons.

File format: mp3; file size: 19.4mb, interview length: 20' 11" sound quality: *****

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Human League, Teardrop Explodes, The Beat, Flowers: Lyceum, London

Live Review by Garry Bushell, Sounds, 17 November 1979

HAIRCUTS, HAIRCUTS everywhere and 70p a drink. ...

The Beat: Don't Call Me Ska Face

Interview by Deanne Pearson, New Musical Express, 8 December 1979

"It's just The Beat having a Punky Reggae party," says Deanne Pearson of the latest 2-Tone tornadoes. 'Check' them out... ...

The Beat: Rankin' to Riches

Report and Interview by Mark Williams, Melody Maker, 19 January 1980

MARK WILLIAMS explodes the 2-Tone myth with the Beat ...

The Beat: Electric Ballroom, London

Live Review by Peter Silverton, Sounds, 2 February 1980

Ranking dead stop ...

The Old (Rude) Boy Network: The Return Of Laurel Aitken

Profile by Paul Bradshaw, New Musical Express, 1 March 1980

SUNDAY NIGHT at the Lyceum and Laurel Aitken, the 'high priest of reggae' (remember that one, boot boys?) the king of Jamaican blues, whose musical ...

The Beat: The Mad Hatters

Interview by Tim Lott, Record Mirror, 15 March 1980

They don't all wear hats and they're not all mad but The Beat definitely admit to being reds. ...

The Beat: I Just Can't Stop It (Go Feet)****

Review by Peter Silverton, Sounds, 24 May 1980

A JOURNALIST of this periodical on being asked if he fancied interviewing the Beat remarked that, although he'd nothing against the idea in principle, he'd ...

The Beat: Off The Beaten Track

Interview by Dave McCullough, Sounds, 7 June 1980

Dave McCullough suddenly discovers unexpected subtleties, lurking within 'the tatty tinkle of rude boy muzak'. And not because he's just found out that the Beat ...

The Beat: I Just Can't Stop It (Go-Feet)

Review by Charles Shaar Murray, New Musical Express, 14 June 1980

Are you ready for post-2-Tonism? ...

The Beat: Beat Crazy: Can't Stop It Now...

Interview by Deanne Pearson, The Face, July 1980

This time last year the Beat had just started their first one-night a week pub residency in Birmingham, after playing only six gigs. DEANNE PEARSON ...

The Beat: I Just Can't Stop It (Sire SRK6091)

Review by Ira Robbins, Trouser Press, August 1980

BIRMINGHAM, England has been the birthplace of several major musical trendsetters: the Move, Moody Blues, Black Sabbath. Unlike a number of other large cities in ...

The Pretenders, the English Beat: Lisner Auditorium, George Washington University, Washington DC

Live Review by Richard Harrington, The Washington Post, 20 September 1980

IF THE Pretenders proved nothing else at their sold-out concert at Lisner Auditorium last night, they did establish that vocalist/rhythm guitarist/songwriter Chrissie Hynde deserves her ...

Talking Heads and The Beat at the Greek Theater Los Angeles

Live Review by Sylvie Simmons, Sounds, 8 November 1980

THIS WAS no mere toe-tapper. We're talking worn shoe-leather tonight, holes in the soles and corns on the toes, sore feet in a venue more ...

The Beat: I Love the USA

Interview by Mark Cooper, Record Mirror, 15 November 1980

THE BEAT are beginning again at the beginning. Here they are in Chicago, four or five weeks into their first American tour — much of ...

The Beat (UK): Up On The Beat

Report and Interview by Jon Young, Trouser Press, February 1981

SOONER OR later, every British band of any significance has to decide what to do about America. ...

The Beat Scene

Interview by Mike Stand, The Face, April 1981

"GOD HOLD you in the palm of His hand," said Saxa pulling the bedclothes up to his chin. "He close it and you are dead. ...

The Beat: Wha'ppen? (Go Feet) ****

Review by Mark Cooper, Record Mirror, 9 May 1981

IN WHICH the Beat define their sound over a whole album, realise their strengths (most notably the individuality of each performer) and, in general, settle ...

The Beat: Locarno, Birmingham

Live Review by Sheryl Garratt, New Musical Express, 30 May 1981

THE WAY to tell how well a Beat gig is going is by Saxa's smile, and tonight he was grinning so wide the ends nearly ...

How I Spent My Summer Vacation

Report by Betsy Sherman, Boston Rock, 1 October 1981

Merit Badges Goes To Dianaland ...

The English Beat: Wha'ppen? (Sire); The Specials: 'Ghost Town' (EP)

Review by John Swenson, Musician, November 1981

TWO TONE is not merely the introduction of a black sensibility in British pop for the first time, it's a true melding of the interracial ...

The Beat: Heartbeat & Strangelove

Interview by Vivien Goldman, New Musical Express, 7 November 1981

Vivien Goldman witnesses the subversive pop of The Beat at work in New York against the nuclear age. ...

Beat Drowning in Confusion

Interview by Richard Cook, New Musical Express, 21 November 1981

A SHAKY YEAR for The Beat so far was compounded last week by a mix-up over their new single, 'Hit It'. The twelve-inch copy that ...

The Beat, Tom Robinson, OK Jive, Joe Jackson: Rainbow Theatre, London

Live Review by Mick Sinclair, Sounds, 5 December 1981

Higher Ranking ...

The US Festival: Us & Them

Report by Barney Hoskyns, New Musical Express, 25 September 1982

That Woz the Fest that Woz! Barney Hoskyns takes a bite of the rotten Apple and hangs his head in despair ...

For English Beat, Dance Music is the Medium for Tolerance

Profile and Interview by Geoffrey Himes, Baltimore Sun, 20 November 1982

ANDY COX, a young British lad with thick, wavy hair, plays a choppy guitar riff that's part slam-bang punk and part chinka-chinka reggae. Dave Wakeling, ...

The English Beat: Special Beat Service (IRS)

Review by J.D. Considine, Musician, February 1983

UNLIKE WH'APPEN, Special Beat Service successfully manages the transition from 2-tone to full color, giving the English Beat a sound that is at once more ...

The English Beat: 2-Tone Survivors Make a Joyful Noise

Interview by Bill Holdship, Musician, February 1983

"THE CIRCUMSTANCES that brought the Beat together make us tenuous, in a way," observes singer/guitarist Dave Wakeling. "With any one set of musicians, sooner or ...

Chewing the Fat with the Fine Young Cannibals

Interview by Rob Tannenbaum, Rolling Stone, 20 April 1989

A FEW WEEKS before the release of The Raw and the Cooked, Fine Young Cannibals' new album, Roland Gift and Andy Cox are in New ...

see also Fine Young Cannibals

see also General Public


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