Dave Wakeling was instrumental in bringing the driving sound of ska and reggae to post punk in an otherwise bleak era of big hair, shoulder pads, MTV and Colombian No-Doz.
Flagship 2Tone group the English Beat returns to the Blueberry Hill Duck Room on Wednesday, August 28, promoting a new various artists anthology of English Beat cover songs benefiting Teenage Cancer Trust. Lead singer and guitarist Dave Wakeling spoke to me recently about the album and the charity, dropping a bit of eclectic English social history along the way.
Nostalgia acts typically fall into two categories -- sad and pathetic or talented yet, older and wiser. To its fans delight, the English Beat squarely falls into the latter category.