Tears of a Clown, Hands Off She’s Mine, Mirror In The Bathroom, Ranking Roger’s 2-Tone ska legends come to shake the floor at ARC!
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The glorious sound of British ska is one that never seems to lose its power and punch, and in 1979 The Beat were at the forefront of a scene that combined politics, social comment and foot-tapping chart hits to create a genuine cultural revolution.
Signed to Jerry Dammers’ legendary 2-Tone label, their 1979 debut single - a pumped-up cover of Smokey Robinson’s Tears of a Clown - was a Top 10 smash. And from humble Birmingham beginnings, they quickly became a fixture on TV screens and magazine covers alike… taking their place alongside Madness, The Specials and The Selector in a multi-racial musical explosion that swept across the UK.
Inspired by Dammers’ uncompromising DIY ethic, The Beat formed their own label Go-Feet, and saw follow-up single Hands off She’s Mine also hit the Top 10, before their third release – the anthemic Mirror in the Bathroom - became arguably their signature song. And in co-frontman Ranking Roger, they boasted one of the ska scene’s most revered ‘toasters’… an irrepressible and unmistakeable presence who went onto become one of the biggest movers and shakers on the British reggae scene.
And their legacy lives on in the most unexpected quarters – their 1982 track Save It for Later is surely the only song in musical history to have been covered by The Who, The Wonder Stuff and Pearl Jam!
With Ranking Roger still at the helm, The Beat is very much a family affair – with Roger’s son Ranking Junior now in the line-up! Join them at ARC for a joyous celebration of classic, floor-shaking, socially-conscious ska.
Sterling support comes from the perfect mod/ska cover band The Style Selektors who throw in a few modern day tracks too! They’ve played with Bruce Foxton's From The Jam, The Selecter, The Lambrettas and Paul Weller, and in front of some huge crowds, so it's no wonder that the band were voted best live act by in a nationwide poll by Mod Generation. One word of warning though, you may feel your feet starting to twitch, and an overwhelming need to get out of your seat, make your way to the dance floor and remain there for the rest of the night! Resistance is futile.
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