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THE BEAT GOES ON

WITH THEIR MESSAGE OF INCLUSION AND UNITY, THE BEAT WERE AT THE FOREFRONT OF THE UK 2-TONE BOOM. NOW THE BEAT STARRING DAVE WAKELING ARE SET TO RELEASE A HOTLY-ANTICIPATED NEW ALBUM. THE BAND’S FOUNDING MEMBER TALKS WATCHING BLACK SABBATH PLAY FOOTIE AND THEIR REVOLUTIONARY APPROACH TO ANDY WILLIAMS AND SMOKEY ROBINSON COVERS.
Get set for skamaggeddon! The Beat Starring Dave Wakeling release a new album, Here We Go Love!, 40 years after the band first came bouncing out of Birmingham in 1978

Douglas McPherson

Busting out of Birmingham in 1978 The Beat, along with a clutch of other like-minded disconnected youths from working class West Midland backgrounds, mixed politics and pop to provide music with a message. For an all too brief moment in time the UK ska revival, which centred around the independent record label 2-Tone and its bands on the frontline such as The Specials and The Selecter, looked like it could change attitudes around the world – breaking down barriers of racism, sexism and inequality.

Recalling how The Beat and 2-Tone evolved, the frontman of The Beat Starring Dave Wakeling, explains: “We would have these parties with two DJs, one playing punk singles and the other playing what we called ‘slates’ – instrumental versions of popular reggae tunes on very thick 12” vinyl.

“We learnt that if you played all punk singles, the dancefloor would be absolutely packed for about 40 minutes and then everybody would sod off. But if you played all slates, you’d have people leaning on the wall nodding their heads slowly – which we called ‘dancing on the inside’. If you mixed it up a bit, with one of this and then one of that, the dancefloor stayed packed until next door threatened to call the police!

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