The other rock-steady crews:

The Irish Times - Friday - The Ticket - - COVER STORY -


Formed in Birm­ing­ham, 1978, the orig­i­nal mem­bers presided over such class songs as Hands Off… She’s

Mine and Mir­ror in the

Bath­room. Such is the way of things, there are now two Beats – The Beat (UK) and The English Beat.


Formed in Lon­don, 1976, at first lead singer Buster Blod­ves­sel (aka Dou­glas Tren­dle) and co were viewed as the nov­elty end of the ska spec­trum. Per­haps, but the band (Tren­dle is the sole sur­viv­ing orig­i­nal mem­ber) still per­form reg­u­larly.

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