The English Beat (“Ranking Full Stop”)

The other spectacular 2 tone ska band of the day (yes, there were others besides The English Beat and The Specials, I know!). As I mentioned in my post below for the Ramones, I was at the US Festival in both ’82 and ’83 for all days of the events. Amazing lineups!! Hot as hell! I suppose this was an anticipation of the Coachella festival that would come to be many years later. But just one stage, many great bands. Love this song and the original band!! Saw them last year at the Belly Up in Solana Beach and Dave Wakeling is the only member of the original band. Fun (nostalgic?) and disappointing at the same time. It’s really not The Beat without Ranking Roger and Saxa (not to mention the others). IMHO.


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