Interview with english beat guitarist

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Interview with english beat guitarist and lead singer Mr David Wakeling Sunday May 27th The Bunkhouse Las Vegas Nv

 

The greatest thing in the world is probably to enjoy or love your work, i take no exception to that, the more i do this the more i love it.

Sunday May 27th Memorial day weekend 2012 here in beautiful Las Vegas i was blessed to share the microphone with Mr David Wakeling a pioneer in the post punk movement

from that eighties phenomenan (new wave invasion),English Beat wow they are still around and better than ever.

I remember it like it was yesterday picking up that album from english beat with a fresh reggae feel, contagious Ska melodious and seductive saxophone, Mr David Wakeling is a great frontman and a very charismatic singer, my interview with this gentleman was about 30 minutes long and personally it felt like 3 minutes what a lovable human being, i had no idea that Burningham was like Detroit is to us in the Auto industry and the Artists that have came out of his hometown are names like UB40, Pato Banton, Steel Pulse, Duran Duran, The Dixie Midnight Runners,Black Sabbath, Led Zeppelin,Judas Priest, Traffic, Steve Winwood, Spencer Davis Group The Fortunes etc.

Another interesting thing was the culture background black , white, Pakistani, everybody was forced to get along because they worked in the car industry an average of 10 hours a day, when you are working with people that many hours you have to find more of a comun ground

Everybody also suffered together that made Burningham a less prejudice of a city.

Mr Wakeling shares with us a beautiful and personal point of view on how the past in England 3 decades ago, was going through major party lines differences in a lot of ways it reflects the problems we are going through write now, Democrats, vs Republicans, Immigration a series of well pointed similarities with today, this Interview will be dedicated to the Chelsea Boys 2 mexican freinds that came from Mexico City to see this show they were at the very front were David Wakeling spotted them i would like Mr Wakeling and everybody there to now that both the Chelsea Boys are part of a Ska Band from Mexicos there name is  The Mexican Hooligans what a coincidence? Viva Mexico!!     Vivan Los Chilangos!!!

If you like are interview all we ask is for you to share it with your friends and all social medias, Facebook, Twitter, my space etc. my name is Donald Rogers my email is quecurado@gmail.com  long live Rock and Roll  thank you for sharing Dave, will see you soon to finish the last part of the interview. may god bless everybody and my friends from English Beat !!!!!

 

If you want more information about english beat go to englishbeat.net  lets keep rocking       Donald Rogers the702news.com

One tempestuous weekend in March 1979 was not only the date of the Three Mile Island nuclear incident, but also, in Birmingham, England, the very first show by a nascent band known as The Beat. Introduced as “the hottest thing since the Pennsylvania meltdown”, the band had a sense that the next few years could well be explosive! The Beat hailed from working class, industrial Birmingham, England. When The Beat rushed on to the music scene in 1979, it was a time of social, political and musical upheaval. Into this storm came The Beat, trying to calm the waters with their simple message of love and unity set to a great dance beat.

The Beat were all about inclusion, rather than exclusion, and this showed in their personnel and their music influences. The original band consisted of Dave Wakeling on vocals and guitar, Andy Cox on guitar, David Steele on bass, and Everett Morton on drums – later additions Ranking Roger (toasting) and foundational First Wave Ska legend Saxa (saxophone) completed the outfit. The band crossed over fluidly between soul, reggae, pop and punk, and from these disparate pieces they created an infectious dance rhythm. Along with their contemporaries The SpecialsThe Selecter, and Madness, the band became an overnight sensation and one of the most popular and influential bands of the British Two Tone Ska movement.

By Christmas of 1979, The Beat were riding high in the UK charts with their first single, a smoking remake of the classic Smokey Robinson tune Tears of a Clown. Over the course of the next five yearsThe Beat toured relentlessly and released three studio albums: I Just Can’t Stop ItWh’appen, andSpecial Beat Service. The band toured the world, touring with such artists as David BowieThe Police,REMThe ClashThe Talking HeadsThe Pretenders, and The Specials, to name but a few. The Beatkept scoring hits with tunes that have now become so popular that it’s hard to remember a time when they didn’t exist, such as Mirror in the BathroomSave it for LaterI ConfessStand Down Margaret, and their serene cover of the Andy William penned Can’t Get Used To Losing You.

Despite their huge success, The Beat continued singing about and acting on the problems we all face. They donated all the profits from their highly successful single version of Stand Down Margaret to theCommittee for Nuclear Disarmament. They donated their music to causes including the anti-nuclear benefit album Life in The European TheatreThe World of Music and Dance album focusing on indigenous people’s art, and lent their voices to The Special AKA’s anthemic freedom cry Free Nelson Mandela, to name but a few.

Dave Wakeling once told me that every great band only has three really good albums. And true to form, The Beat decided to call it quits after their third album, Special Beat Service. Of course, that was not the last we would hear from the Beat boys.

After The Beat, Dave Wakeling formed General Public with his mate Roger. The band took off quickly, scoring numerous hits off the their three studio albums, including TendernessSo Hot You’re Cool,Never You Done That, Come Again, Too Much or Nothing, and I’ll Take You There. Dave’s good looks and soulful crooning combined brilliantly with Roger’s gravelly toasting, high intensity showmanship and upful beat, and GP took the critics and fans by storm. While Dave was penning hits Stateside, Andy Cox and David Steele were putting their own band together. Andy and David placed an ad for a singer on MTv, and received an extraordinary gift, in the form of one Roland Gift. With Roland onboard, the Fine Young Cannibals was formed and right from the release of their first single Johnny Come Home, the band was a hit. Their two studio albums scored multiple hit singles, with tunes such as She Drives Me Crazy and Good Thing becoming instant classics. Not being slackers either, Saxa and Everett Morton put together their own band, International Beat, blending modern pop with traditional Jamaican rhythms to form a wonderful hybrid sound. International Beat toured around the world and released two live albums, including cameos from Dave and Roger.

Combined, all these bands scored multi-platinum record sales, sold out shows all over the world, and, most importantly, universal fan approval because they kept The Beat alive!

That ember was nursed back into a roaring flame in February 2003, when a dream came true for many Beat fans as the band reunited for a UK tour, culminating in a sold out command performance at the prestigious Royal Festival Hall! It was a wonderful night for the band and their fans.

 

Consummate showman that he is, Dave Wakeling has continued to keep The Beat alive and strong. How could he not? Dave continues to tour the world as The English Beat with an amazing all-star ska backing band playing all the hits of The BeatGeneral Public, and his new songs.

 

You just can’t stop The Beat!

Louis “Sir Lou” Kahn
The Beat

 

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2 Comments

  1. Ezel

    June 30, 2012 at 10:05 am

    That is incorrect. The song canhged before Steve Lillywhite had even become aware of the bands existence. It was on Remember Two Things as Satellite Which was the CD that got Steve interested in the band in the first place. Also a love song seems like it would sell more than a song about satellites. I have a feeling it was Dave’s decision as he is never satisfied with lyrics and is always changing them Even after they have made their way to a recorded medium.

    • Botz

      August 19, 2012 at 1:40 am

      Steve Lillywhite was the producer who told Dave to make it to shomteing more catchy. It was a smart choice, yet many still know after her and thats why its popular to this day. its kind of like anynoise aniti noise. it then involved into say goodbye, yet many love that version

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