Thursday, August 12, 2010

The English Beat @ Variety Playhouse Aug. 25, 2010

One tempestuous weekend in March 1979 was the very first show by a nascent band known as The English Beat. The band hailed from working class, industrial Birmingham, England. When they rushed on to the music scene in 1979, it was a time of social, political and musical upheaval. Into this storm came The English Beat, trying to calm the waters with their simple message of love and unity set to a great dance beat. The English Beat are all about inclusion, rather than exclusion, and this shows in their personnel and their music influences. The band crosses over fluidly between soul, reggae, pop and punk, and from these disparate pieces they create an infectious dance rhythm. Along with their contemporaries The Specials, The Selecter, and Madness, The English Beat became an overnight sensation and one of the most popular and influential bands of the British ska movement.

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