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The English Kind

I saw them open for The Pretenders right after the release of the first record and they blew Chryssie Hynde and company off the stage. They only released three studio records but they were exceedingly fine records.

Rolling Stone Mag Review was right!

Dave & crew totally a-mazing, now tours CA mainly as he lives in LA. Great show, but he needs a trainer, used to look like Sting!


Formed: 1978 in Birmingham, England

Genre: Alternative

Years Active: '70s, '80s, '00s

One of the earliest and most important ska revivalist groups, Birmingham's the Beat formed in 1978 (the band had to change its name to the English Beat in the U.S. to avoid confusion with Paul Collins' band of the same name). The multiracial band carved a distinct sound through the use of alternating lead vocals by guitarist Dave Wakeling and punk toaster/rapper Ranking Roger, supported by a tight band consisting of Andy Cox (guitar), David Steele (bass), and Everett Moreton (drums). The addition...
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