THE ENGLISH BEAT
Doors 8 p.m.
Kimmer is headed out to Funky Ferndale to meet the marvelous Dave Wakeling of the famous ska band The English Beat! We can't wait they are so much fun! I missed them by one day when they played Second Chance in Ann Arbor years ago and now I get to finally interview Dave, shoot their show and DANCE!
Everyone who reads RK knows what a huge British import fan I am. All Brit stuff appeals to me. The Beat is big FUN!
So stayed tuned my friends and Friday I'll have Dave and The English Beat story ready to run! I am sooooo EXCITED! Here is one of my favorite songs of The Beat! Dave has such a gorgeous voice and hot band! I am bringing a surprise gift for Dave too from The Second Chance in Ann Arbor where the Beat played and rocked everyone into a dancing frenzy!
Hailing from Birmingham England, The English Beat is celebrating the 30th Anniversary of the release of their 1980 debut album I Just Can't Stop It, which spawned the hits"Tears of a Clown", "Mirror In the Bathroom", "Best Friend", "Twist & Crawl", and "Too Nice to Talk To". As a major part of the 2 Tone ska music revolution of the late 70s and early 80s, alongside their stablemates The Specials, Madness, and The Selector, the musical juggernaut that is Dave Wakeling hasn't lost any momentum in songwriting.
His brand of "Punky Reggae Party", the English Beat's hybrid was a delightful blend of Toots and the Maytals, the Velvet Underground, Buzzcocks, The Four Tops and Van Morrison.
They have toured internationally with The Clash, Talking Heads, The Police, and REM among many others and has had prime soundtrack placement in Ferris Bueller's Day Off and Grosse Pointe Blank.
New songs such as "The Love You Give Lasts Forever", "How Can You Stand There" and "Said We Would Never Die" are quickly becoming fan favorites and will soon be released in 2010. "I have plans to record this year," Dave explains. "Some great new demos done, and now I'm just figuring out how to put the recording and touring schedule together. Expect releases to begin by Summer!"
Find THE ENGLISH BEAT!
Official Press Release