Remember these 80's Gems? #1 - "I Confess"

@teamfreak16 (40872)
Colorado Springs, Colorado
September 1, 2016 7:51pm CST
Cue the trumpets and the fanfare, because we're at #1 in my Remember these 80's Gems? series. This designation belongs to The Beat, and their single "I Confess." The Beat (known as The English Beat here in the States) were, along with Madness and The Specials, the band that made ska a profitable genre in the 1980's. Their classic lineup consisted of vocalist/guitarist Dave Wakeling, vocalist Ranking Roger, guitarist Andy Cox, bassist David Steele, saxophonist Saxa, and drummer Everett Morton. Their 3rd album, Special Beat Service, contained two singles, including "I Confess." Upon listening, you'll notice how very un-ska "I Confess" is. In fact, with it's lovely piano and fun horns, "I Confess" is a great pop song if I ever heard one. When The Beat imploded, we fans got two new bands out of the deal: General Public and Fine Young Cannibals. Heck, you can still (sort of) see The Beat, as there are two of them. Dave Wakeling fronts The English Beat Starring Dave Wakeling, while Ranking Roger is front and center in The Beat Featuring Ranking Roger. In other words, these guys don't care all that much for each other. In fact, according to Wikipedia, VH1 tried to get the group back together for their Bands Reunited show, only the band wanted nothing to do with it. In the meantime, until that ever happens, we'll always have "I Confess."
Check out this official video for The English Beat song "I Confess". You can grab The Complete Beat from Shout! Factory at: http://www.shoutfactory.com/produ...
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@norcal (3215)
• Nevada City, California
2 Sep 16
It's sad when great bands don't get along. I will never get over the Beatles breaking up, but they are not the only ones! At least we have the comfort of the recordings of what once was.
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@teamfreak16 (40872)
• Colorado Springs, Colorado
2 Sep 16
It happens when you've got more than one big ego in the band, which is why a lot of them breakup. At least The Beatles weren't getting into fistfights onstage all the time, like Oasis.
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@norcal (3215)
• Nevada City, California
2 Sep 16
@teamfreak16 It's too bad when people who make beautiful music together can't get along.
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@FourWalls (13279)
• United States
2 Sep 16
@teamfreak16 -- or Ray and Dave Davies in the Kinks. That's the worst...when brothers (same as Oasis) can't get along.
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@Ronrybs (7301)
• London, England
2 Sep 16
Don't know this song. Wonder if I have it on a compilation somewhere?
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@teamfreak16 (40872)
• Colorado Springs, Colorado
2 Sep 16
Who knows. I'd bet it's made it's way onto a few.
@JohnRoberts (54171)
• Los Angeles, California
2 Sep 16
Can you say ultimate 80s sounding band? They are a great group and the breakup resulted in TWO even greater bands. Always thought Ranking Roger was a cool name.
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@teamfreak16 (40872)
• Colorado Springs, Colorado
2 Sep 16
I once got to see Dave Wakeling fronting a band called Bang! Just him and some touring musicians. They played Beat and General Public songs. It was awesome. Would have been even cooler if Ranking Roger had been there.
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@crossbones27 (19033)
• Redlands, California
2 Sep 16
I have to agree, not very ska, but a nice English pop sound. I confess already. lol. You are right also that is some good horn.
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@teamfreak16 (40872)
• Colorado Springs, Colorado
2 Sep 16
It's pretty much a pop song. These guys did put out some great 80's ska, though.
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@TRBRocks420 (75380)
• Banks, Oregon
2 Sep 16
Yes, at least we will always have that and, it's a good one for sure.
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@teamfreak16 (40872)
• Colorado Springs, Colorado
2 Sep 16
I'm glad you liked it.
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