The English Beat to Release First Studio Album in 30 Years
By DONNA BALANCIA – The English Beat gives the fans their money’s worth, as Dave Wakeling and the boys play their 30-something years’ worth of famous hits to packed houses throughout the U.S. and Europe.
Promoting a new album, called Bounce, which is due in September, The English Beat will tour the U.S. After the release of the album, The Beat will then travel through Europe. See Tour Schedule here.
Ska ‘Entombed in Lore’
Wakeling takes the stage and brings back some good memories for those old enough to remember seeing the innovative punk-ska innovators who came to fame in the 80s. The English beat also attracts some young fans who appreciate the band — or more appropriately Wakeling and his sometimes bandmate Ranking Roger — in a historical sense.
After all, The English Beat really did find something then only known to most people in Europe and the U.S. as Calypso or Mento, and presented a story in addition to the great music with the great punk style. It was Ska and it was The English Beat that revived a music genre that had long been entombed in island lore.
Bounce by The Beat features Ranking Roger
It is mainly Wakeling the founder of The English Beat – known simply as The Beat in Europe – who carries the ball for the band. But, really, it doesn’t matter what they’re called because it’s the songs they created and perform that have made them legendary.
In concert, The English Beat play almost every one of their big charted hits including “Tears of a Clown,” “Twist and Crawl,” and “Tenderness.”
Set List: 1. Rough Rider; 2. Tears of a Clown; 3. Hands Off She’s Mine; 4. Twist and Crawl; 5. I’ll Take You There; 6. I Confess; 7. Click Click; 8. Save It For Later; 9. Too Nice to Talk To; 10. Whine and Grind/Stand Down Margaret; 11. Best Friend; 12. Can’t Get Used to Losing You; 13. Two Swords; 14. The Love You Give; 15. Tenderness; 16. Rankin Full Stop; 17. Mirror in the Bathroom