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Starts at 11:05 am on Wednesday, 22 August 2012
During Nine to Noon with Kathryn Ryan
Straight outta Birmingham, The Beat were one of a handful of Ska revival bands that emerged at the tail end of the 1970s in England (along with The Specials and Madness).
Their first single, released on the Two-Tone label, a cover of Smokey Robinson’s 'Tears Of A Clown', was a hit in ’79.
They finally made an impact in the US (after changing their name to The English Beat) with their third album, 1982’s Special Beat Service, and the single Save It For Later.
Verging on stardom, the band split, with Dave Wakeling and Ranking Roger forming General Public and David Steele and Andy Cox forming Fine Young Cannibals.
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