Two-tone forerunners return to Northampton

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Two-tone ska legends, The Beat, return to the Roadmender this weekend.

The band formed in the working class suburbs of industrial Birmingham in 1978, offering messages of hope and peace with an insight into socio-
political topics.

Alongside The Specials, they were heralded as forerunners of the Two-Tone Ska movement.

The Beat’s first single was a cover of Smokey Robinson’s Tears of A Clown, which reached number six. The record was a fusion of ska, punk, pop, soul and reggae.

They released three albums, I Just Can’t Stop It in 1980; Wha’ppen? in 1981; and Special Beat Service in 1982.

The current line-up features original vocalist, Ranking Roger (pictured above), Murphy ‘Ranking Jnr’, Fuzz Townshend, Andy Pearson, Steve Harper and Matt Godwin.

The Beat play on Saturday, November 29. Doors open at 7.30pm, tickets cost £15 in advance. For more information visit and