The Beat hail from working class, industrial Birmingham, England. When they rushed on to the music scene in 1979, it was a time of social, political and musical upheaval. Into this storm came The Beat, trying to calm the waters with their simple message of love and unity set to a great dance beat.
The Beat are all about inclusion, rather than exclusion, and this has been shown in their personnel and their music influences. The original six member band consisted of Dave Wakeling on vocals and guitar, Andy Cox on guitar, David Steele on bass, Everett Morton
on drums, Ranking Roger on vocals and toasting, and foundational first wave ska legend Saxa on saxophone. Shortly after the release of their first album, Dave Wright aka Blockhead joined the band on keyboard. The band crossed over fluidly between soul, reggae, pop and punk, and from these disparate pieces they created an infectious dance rhythm.
Along with their contemporaries The Specials, The Selecter, and Madness, The Beat became an overnight sensation and one of the most popular and influential bands of the British ska movement.