The English Beat known in North America as The English Beat and Australia as The British Beat, are a ska band from Birmingham, England. Formed in in 1978, their songs are a mix of ska, pop, soul, reggae and punk rock, and their lyrics deal with themes of love, unity and both social and political topics.
The band is consists of Dave Wakeling, Ranking Roger, Andy Cox, David Steele, Everett Morton, and Saxa, they released three studio albums in the early 1980s: I Just Can’t Stop It, Wha’ppen? and Special Beat Service, and a string of singles,such as “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“. After the the band broke up in 1983, Wakeling and Roger went on to form General Public and had a couple of hit singles in North America, while Cox and Steele formed Fine Young Cannibals with vocalist Roland Gift from the ska band Akrylykz. In 2012 the band emerged and went on a long awaited U.K. tour.
The English Beat will be performing in the northwest on Feb. 21 at The Showbox in Seattle and Feb. 22 at the Wonder Ballroom in Portland. We’re giving away tickets to the Seattle show tonight (02/04) between 3 and 6 p.m. so be sure to tune-in for your chance to win!