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The Beat

The Beat Music Button Museum
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meet THE bEAT
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An illustration of a woman dressed in a black top with musical notes on it and white skirt that is dancing on top of a record.  Black text is situated to the left, and the background is white.

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Known in North America as The English Beat, The Beat’s original lineup consisted of Dave Wakeling and Ranking Roger on vocals; Andy Cox, David Steele, Everett Morton and Saxa.  The band was formed in Birmingham England in 1978 with music fusing from multiple musical styles: ska, punk, pop, soul & reggae.  The Beat’s hits included Mirror in the Bathroom, Save It For Later and Hands Off, She’s Mine and covers of Tears of a Clown and Can’t Get Used to Losing You.                  

After the band disbanded in 1983, Dave Wakeling and Ranking Roger formed General Public while Andy Cox and David Steele formed Fine Young Cannibals.  Currently, 2 versions of the band co-exist, Ranking Roger leads The Beat and Dave Wakeling heads the English Beat.

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