Ranking Roger , one of the band's vocalists, added a Jamaican vocal flavour to the band's sound with his toasting style. Jamaican saxophonist Saxa added a Jamaican ska instrumental sound.
Ranking Roger , one of the band's vocalists, added a Jamaican vocal flavour to the band's sound with his toasting style. Jamaican saxophonist Saxa added a Jamaican ska instrumental sound. The second Beat album, Wha'ppen? Members of the band often collaborated on stage with The Specials. The album was produced by Ranking Roger and he often guested with the band at some of their shows. However, the band broke up shortly after he joined when its last album was shelved by the record company.
Meanwhile, "March of the Swivelheads", an instrumental version of the Beat's song "Rotating Heads", was used in the climactic chase scene of 's Ferris Bueller's Day Off ; the band was listed in the end credits as "The English Beat".
Roger released his solo debut, a reggae-oriented album entitled Radical Departure, in In the early s, Roger joined members of The Specials to form Special Beat, which toured and released two live albums.
They supported the Campaign for Nuclear Disarmament. In , Roger released another solo album, Inside My Head, which included traditional reggae and ska with influences of electronica, jungle and dub. Ranking Roger's son, Ranking Junior , has followed in his father's footsteps.
Pete Townshend performed the song "Save It for Later" numerous times between and The Who performed the song twice on their Reunion Tour. In , the VH1 show Bands Reunited tried unsuccessfully to reunite the original line-up. Both the UK and US versions of the band still continue to tour frequently.
In mid, The English Beat released a box set, titled The Complete Beat, comprising their three albums along with non-album singles, remixes and live material. The English Beat recorded two new songs that feature prominently in the Scooby-Doo!
Mystery Incorporated episode " Dance of the Undead " which aired 26 March It features a zombie ska group called Rude Boy and the Ska-Tastics who come back to life in order to turn people into zombies and make them dance to ska music forever.
It was like running at double speed with no brakes, but it was exciting, and Warner Bros. Ranking Roger released a new studio album entitled Bounce on 30 September The first single from the album, 'Walking on the Wrong Side' was released in July The album, which will be released in is being funded through the PledgeMusic website, in which fans donate to the group.
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While the rest were forced to progress in the heat of the limelight, the Birmingham band already had a maturity sound that allowed for both stylistic diversity and musical creativity. The rich and fulsome arrangement blends a driving spot-on rhythm, tuneful riffing that dances merrily around the melody, fabulous sax solos, and sweetened by a xylophone-esque line that gives the piece a further Caribbean flair.