Top 102 Albums. No 67.
I Just Can't Stop It - The Beat
Monday morning. Time for something 'up' to listen too, Back to the music of my teens, then. Maybe a Two Tone band. Danceable and 'conscious' surely the ska revival was one of the great moments in pop and whenever it is played many men of my age wind up red faced and breathless as they try to recreate the steps of their youth. The Beat's own label was called Go-Feet and, as the ad's say, it did what it said on the tin. Still does. Go Feet!
The first single was Hand's Off She's Mine and it's a cracker but it was and will always be overshadowed by the second, the classic Mirror in the Bathroom, perhaps the best song about chronic narcissism. It was also a disco fixture at the time and always put's a smile on my face.
|from Like Punk Never Happened|
Mirror in the bathroom
I just can't stop it,
Every Saturday you see me
Find no interest in the
racks and shelves
Just a thousand reflections
of my own sweet self, self, self...
The third single was almost as good, and about the same thing - Best Friend. It features one of my favourite opening salvos of chiming guitars.
I just found out the name of your best friend,
you been talkin' about yourself again
A few years later they broke up and they released another single from this album to promote a career best compilation. Their cover of Andy William's Can't Get Used to Losing You was another big hit and it is a beautiful version, loaded with echo, managing to sound both pre-war and ska at the same time.
And the non-singles are no slouches either, with Stand Down Margaret one of the earliest and best of a sub-genre of music from the eighties, inspired by a woman nicknamed after an instrument of torture.
There's also the essential cover of a Prince Buster song, Rough Rider. And they had his saxophone player!
The Monday blues are BEAT! I'm dancing around the kitchen. Hold the breakfast. Call the ambulance...
Extra bonus material, again from the brilliant Smash hits archive at Like Punk Never Happened.. Click to read.