286. The (English) Beat

An earlier entry on this list discusses the Hall of Fame credentials of the Specials. Although we believe that should a Ska Revival band get in to the Hall, it should be the Specials, though an induction of the English Beat over them would not exactly be a travesty.   The Beat (or the English Beat as they were referred to in America) may not have been the first band to champion the Ska Revival cause, but they were amongst the most important and talented. With alternating leads, they had a distinct sound and a series of hits in the United Kingdom. Like other Ska Revivalists, they did not reach a wide audience in North America but they were far from unknown there either. As energetic as they could be political, the Beat has a shot should the Hall wish to induct a band from their genre.      …
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