Possessing the most to-the-point band name ever, The Beat, arguably, are what The Beatles should have been called – John and Paul wanted to conjure the drive of rhythm and blues and the heady spirit of beat literature, thus ‘Beatles’ rather than ‘Beetles’. But, anoraks aside, it’s a fitting moniker for the Birmingham act who claimed the name eight years after Ringo and co had recorded their last notes. Stylistically stemming from the same cultural milieu as Two-Tone stalwarts The Specials, Bad Manners, et al, The Beat combine Jamaican ska and rocksteady with punk in the same quixotic way. Reformed a decade ago, there’s been talk of a new album for years now, but we’re still waiting.
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