Man, these guys have been skanking for a long time.
Ska-revivalist legends The English Beat have been putting out records since the late 1970s, getting kids to move to frontman and “King of Ska” Dave Wakeling’s message of love, unity and the odd political stance, set to its blend of pop, reggae, ska and punk influences.
Now armed with the hits “Mirror in the Bathroom, “Too Nice To Talk To,” “All Out To Get Out,” “Save It For Later,” and covers including Smokey Robinson’s “Tears of a Clown,” the six-piece (not to be confused with the American band The Beat, fronted by Paul Collins), still knows how to throw a good party.
So when the rockers come to the Bell House in Gowanus for a special show on Sept. 2, make sure to bring your dancing shoes and get ready to swing your arms.
The English Beat at the Bell House [149 Seventh St. at Third Avenue in Gowanus, (718) 643-6510], Sept. 2 at 8 pm. Tickets $25. For info, visit, www.thebellhouseny.com.