I Just Can't Stop It (Remastered)
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||Mirror In the Bathroom||The English Beat||3:08||$1.29||View In iTunes|
||Hands Off ... She's Mine||The English Beat||2:59||$0.99||View In iTunes|
||Two Swords||The English Beat||2:18||$0.99||View In iTunes|
||Twist and Crawl||The English Beat||2:34||$0.99||View In iTunes|
||Tears of a Clown||The English Beat||2:39||Album Only||View In iTunes|
||Rough Rider||The English Beat||4:52||$0.99||View In iTunes|
||Click Click||The English Beat||1:27||$0.99||View In iTunes|
||Ranking Full Stop||The English Beat||2:47||Album Only||View In iTunes|
||Big Shot||The English Beat||2:32||$0.99||View In iTunes|
||Whine and Grine / Stand Down Margaret||The English Beat||3:46||$0.99||View In iTunes|
||Noise In This World||The English Beat||2:16||$0.99||View In iTunes|
||Can't Get Used to Losing You||The English Beat||3:05||$0.99||View In iTunes|
||Best Friend||The English Beat||3:03||$0.99||View In iTunes|
||Jackpot||The English Beat||4:17||$0.99||View In iTunes|
I Just Can't Stop It was a late arrival onto the checker- boarded scene, the Specials, Madness, and the Selecter had all beat the (English) Beat to the punch, but luckily this wasn't a race. Besides, the band had already primed the pump with a trio of Top Ten singles — the double A-sided "Tears of a Clown"/"Ranking Full Stop," "Hands Off She's Mine," and "Mirror in the Bathroom," their debut album followed hard on "Mirror"'s heels, picking up the latter two songs and "Full Stop" to boot. Two more of the tracks followed them onto the chart later that summer on another double A-sided single — "Best Friend" coupled with a dub version of "Stand Down Margaret". So this was a hit-filled set. And so popular were such songs as "Rough Rider," "Twist and Crawl," "Can't Get Used to Losing You," and "Whine & Grine," they became staples, that fans can be forgiven for assuming they, too, were released on 45. Intriguingly, "Losing You" came courtesy of Andy Williams, and highlighted the softer styling that would swiftly overtake the Beat. But "Rough Rider" and "Whine & Grine" had solid ska credentials, both were Prince Buster hits, while "Jackpot" was one of a slew of racing-themed rocksteady smashes that drove the Pioneers to fame, while the Specials had opened their own account with another — "Longshot Kick the Bucket." And it was this sheer diversity of influences that set the Beat's sound apart from their compatriots. Their own compositions were heavily cultural in theme — the radical cries to depose the prime minister on "Stand Down Margaret," the slashing anti-violence of "Two Swords," and even more ominous and feverish, "Click Click," through the cultural nihilism of "Mirror in the Bathroom" itself, with a few softer love songs and lovelorn tracks taking some of the edge off. I Just Can't Stop It was a stunning achievement, its driving, frenetic numbers grounded in punk's fury, smashing into the loose-limbed grooves and melodies of rocksteady-inspired songs, and banging head-on into sweeter pop-fueled pieces. The album remained on the British charts for a whopping eight months, eventually peaking at number three. Time has not diminished its glory, the songs remain hugely as their continued inclusion in the band's offshoot's repertoire have proved. [Edsel's deluxe 2012 expansion of I Just Can't Stop It includes a second CD containing 19 bonus tracks and a DVD with three videos ("Hands Off She's Mine," "Mirror in the Bathroom," and "Best Friend"), five Top of the Pops performances, and a performance from Alright Now in 1980. The CD contains the original non-LP cuts "Tears of a Clown" and "Ranking Full Stop," along with a selection of extended mixes and BBC Sessions, all collected on the Bonus Beat supplement on The Complete Beat box.]
A classic album that defined '80s British ska
More than 30 years after it was released, The Beat's debut album remains a timeless masterpiece. The British ska revival was pioneered in the late 1970's in the working class towns of Birmingham, Coventry, and Camden Town, which ushered the second wave of ska into the 80's with bands such as The Beat (or The English Beat, as they were known in the US), The Specials, Madness, and The Selecter. I Just Can't Stop It was the first of 3 albums from The English Beat and is arguably their best work. From the opening riff in Mirror in the Bathroom, the album explodes off the turntable with it's infectious, high energy dance music that makes you want to dance. The album had at least 5 hits that climbed the charts, a significant feat for a debut album. If you're unfamiliar with the music, it's The Clash meets Bob Marley: a little reggae, a little punk, and a lot of ska. There's a reason the album was on the charts for 8 months and after three decades, the music has stood the test of time, as The Beat served as a role model for the 3rd wave of ska that followed in the '90's. If you're a fan of ska music, this is a seminal album that is not to be missed. As the music starts, you'll want to dance and just can't stop it.
Almost 35 years later, and still it makes you just want to get up and dance. Love it!!!
Formed: 1978 in Birmingham, England
Years Active: '70s, '80s, '00s