From the iPod #43 - "Too Nice to Talk To"
May 4, 2016 2:54pm CST
Britain's The Beat (known as The English Beat here in the States,) are a ska band that, along with Madness and the Specials, made the genre commercially viable in the 1980's. Over time, the band has existed as various version's of The Beat, with numerous band members, but the classic lineup consisted of vocalist/guitarist Dave Wakeling, vocalist Ranking Roger, guitarist Andy Cox, bassist David Steele, saxophonist Saxa, and drummer Everett Morton. Together, this group released three well-received albums before splintering. 1980's UK hit (#7) "Too Nice to Talk To" was released as a stand-alone single (it would later appear on compilation albums.) It's a great piece of fun 80's ska, not quite as energetic as the popular "Mirror in the Bathroom," but definitely enough to get the kids that propelled it to #7 moving. It may seem overshadowed by the likes of "Mirror in the Bathroom" or "I Confess," but "Too Nice to Talk To" is one of the best songs The Beat ever did. Which says a lot, since this band never made a bad song.
Check out this official video for The English Beat song "Too Nice To Talk To". You can grab The Complete Beat from Shout! Factory at: http://www.shoutfactory...
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• Los Angeles, California
4 May 16
Ranking Roger and Dave Wakeling!!! You know, I never liked Mirror in the Bathroom. But this is a fast good one. Would UB40 be considered ska? The best American ska group is The Untouchables and I saw them in concert opening for the Divinyls if you remember them.