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The English Beat: Life is Difficult, but Life is Good

The English Beat (known in the UK simply as The Beat, and in Australia as The British Beat) were at the forefront of the late 1970s and early ’80s musical movement known as “2 tone,” a hybrid of ska (itself a dance variant of reggae) and punk rock. The English Beat charted with all three

Hundred Word Reviews for August 2014, Part 2

Today’s set of five 100-word capsule reviews looks at recently-reissued, previously-unreleased, and/or compilation albums. How to Stuff a Wild Bikini: Original Stereo Soundtrack What we have here, in my estimation, is a fascinating and extremely well-written essay that happens to include a CD. How to Stuff a Wild Bikini is not anyone’s idea of great

45rpm Roundup

The 45rpm vinyl format isn’t dead. In fact, I see more of those little seven-inchers in my mailbox these days than I did even a couple of years ago. Here I take a look at four recent submissions. None is at all musically like the others, and seven out of the eight songs are highly