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The English Beat: I Just Can’t Stop It
 
 
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The English Beat.
Label Shout
Format CD
Runtime/Release Date 41'49/2012
UPC 826663131772
Daedalus Item Code 37212
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The Beat had already had four Top 10 hits—including "Hands Off…She's Mine," and "Mirror in the Bathroom"—when this debut album came out in 1980. Rolling Stone called it "wild and threatening, sexy and sharp," and two of its tracks ("Best Friend" and a dub version of "Stand Down Margaret") charted just after its appearance. Also wildly popular with fans were "Rough Rider," "Twist and Crawl," "Jackpot," "Whine & Grine," and an inspired cover of Andy Williams's "Can't Get Used to Losing You."

"Stop was a stunning achievement, its driving, frenetic numbers grounded in punk's fury smashing into the loose-limbed grooves and melodies of rocksteady inspired songs, and banging head on into sweeter pop fueled pieces…. Time has not diminished its glory."—All Music Guide

"Known simply as the Beat in England, and rightly so—their ska is deep and driven. Thank drummer Everett Martin, born St. Kitt's 1951, with roots from reggae to Armatrading, and bassist David Steele, born Isle of Wight 1960, who's parlayed the usual classical training into a rhythm kid's twist and crawl. That's a title, of course, naming a bass line that moved more feet than anything Bernard Edwards came up with in 1980. Riding atop the full frontal velocity are two lean, warm, modest voices, almost indistinguishable until Ranking Roger turns up the accent. Hidden below it are songs, most of them by covocalist David Wakeling. Lyric of the electoral year: 'Stand Down Margaret.' A–"—Robert Christgau

 
 
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