From the iPod #43 - "Too Nice to Talk To"

@teamfreak16 (41179)
Colorado Springs, Colorado
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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@crossbones27 (19579)
• Redlands, California
4 May 16
I got the beat got the beat, sorry had to. I always liked the percussion sounds on this. Nice quick tempo with a sneaky bass.
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@teamfreak16 (41179)
• Colorado Springs, Colorado
5 May 16
I do love the bass on this.
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@okodoko (200)
5 May 16
@teamfreak16 yeah its nice
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@FourWalls (13739)
• United States
5 May 16
A most underrated band in the US. When they split they gave us General Public and Fine Young Cannibals.
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@teamfreak16 (41179)
• Colorado Springs, Colorado
5 May 16
I saw "The English Beat" as part of an 80's tour. It was Dave Wakeling and touring musicians. It was great, but would have been epic if these guys could put difference 's aside.
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@FourWalls (13739)
• United States
5 May 16
@teamfreak16 -- I agree....not to mention, how many different bands can you say that about (including one that I'm highlighting a top ten list of right now)...
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@teamfreak16 (41179)
• Colorado Springs, Colorado
5 May 16
@FourWalls - If Eddie and Dave can make it work, there's hope for everyone.
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@JohnRoberts (56927)
• 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.
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@teamfreak16 (41179)
• Colorado Springs, Colorado
4 May 16
Yes, I remember them. My buddy saw Divinyls, long before "I Touch Myself," open for The Cult.
@okodoko (200)
5 May 16
I dont think ub40 is ska.
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• Preston, England
5 May 16
I loved the ska and two-tone music sounds - it produced some really innovative post-punk fusion music sounds and The Beat were among the best
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@teamfreak16 (41179)
• Colorado Springs, Colorado
5 May 16
And, it was perfect music for the 80's.
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@kabiraaa (74)
• Hamirpur, India
4 May 16
i like it..............
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@okodoko (200)
5 May 16
I like it a lot too.
@amadeo (65836)
• United States
4 May 16
This I never heard of.I am playing this when writing to you. Thank for sharing this us.
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@teamfreak16 (41179)
• Colorado Springs, Colorado
4 May 16
Hope you like it.
@okodoko (200)
5 May 16
Im not so much into ska but i really liked that song there.