The Beat (UK ska band aka The English Beat)

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The Beat (known in North America as The English Beat and in Australia as The British Beat) are a 2 Tone ska revival band founded in Birmingham, England, in 1978. Their songs fuse ska, pop, soul, reggae and punk rock, and their lyrics deal with themes of love and unity, and sociopolitical topics.

The Beat, consisting of Dave Wakeling (vocals, guitar), Ranking Roger (vocals), Andy Cox (guitar), David Steele (bass), Everett Morton (drums), and Saxa aka Lionel Augustus Martin (saxophone), released three studio albums in the early 1980s: I Just Can't Stop It (1980), Wha'ppen? (1981) and Special Beat Service (1982), and a string of singles, including "Mirror in the Bathroom", "Too Nice to Talk To", "Can't Get Used to Losing You", "Hands Off, She's Mine" and "All Out to Get You".

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Year Title Artist RatingReleases
1980 I Just Can't Stop It The Beat 5
1981 Wha'ppen? The Beat 5
1982 Special Beat Service The Beat 6

Album + Compilation

Year Title Artist RatingReleases
1983 What Is Beat? The Beat 4
1996 b.p.m ...Beats Per Minute The Beat 1
2000 Beat This! The Best of the Beat The Beat 3
2001 Beat This: The Best of the English Beat The English Beat 1
2005 The Platinum Collection The Beat 1
2008 You Just Can't Beat It: The Best of The Beat The Beat 1
2012 The Complete Beat The Beat 1
2012 Keep the Beat: The Very Best of the English Beat The Beat 1
2015 The Beat - Greatest The Beat 1

Album + Live

Year Title Artist RatingReleases
2012 Live! At the US Festival '82 & '83 The English Beat 1


Year Title Artist RatingReleases
1979 Tears of a Clown / Ranking Full Stop The Beat 1
1980 Hands Off .... She's Mine The Beat 1
1980 Too Nice to Talk To The Beat 2
1981 Doors of Your Heart The Beat 1
1983 I Confess The Beat 1
1995 Mirror in the Bathroom The Beat 1


Year Title Artist RatingReleases
I Confess The Beat 1

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