The Beat (known in North America as The English Beat and in Australia as The British Beat) are a band founded in Birmingham, England, in 1978. Their music fuses ska, pop, soul, reggae and punk rock.
The Beat, consisting of Dave Wakeling (vocals, guitar), Ranking Roger (vocals), Andy Cox (guitar), David Steele (bass), Everett Morton (drums), and Saxa a.k.a. Lionel Augustus Martin (saxophone), released three studio albums in the early 1980s: "I Just Can't stop It" (1980), "Wha'ppen?" (1981) and "Special Beat Service" (1982), and a string of singles, including "Mirror in the Bathroom", "Too Nice to Talk To", "Can't Get Used to Losing You", "Hands Off, She's Mine" and "All Out to Get You".
The band's debut release was a double A side record. A cover version of the Smokey Robinson & the Miracles song, "Tears of a Clown", with one of their own written songs "Ranking Full Stop". The song peaked at #6 in the UK singles chart. It failed to chart in the United states of America.
The Beat - Tears of a Clown / Ranking Full Stop
UK Two Tone CHS TT6 (1979).
Record produced by Bob Sargeant.
The vinyl record attains a strong excellent grading, suggesting few plays.
Audio quality is very clear and strong throughout.
Both record centre labels are free from tears, stains or stickers.
The record centre hole displays no signs of spindle wear.
The record comes with an original company paper sleeve.