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The Beat - Whine and grine-Stand down Margaret.

The Beat - Whine and grine-Stand down Margaret..

Whine And Grine / Stand Down Margaret

The Beat are a 2 Tone ska revival band founded in Birmingham, England, in 1978. Their songs fuse ska, pop, soul, reggae and punk rock, and their lyrics deal with themes of love, unity and sociopolitical topics. Consisting of Dave Wakeling (vocals, guitar), Ranking Roger (1963-2019) (vocals), Andy Cox (guitar), David Steele (bass), Everett Morton (drums), and Saxa (saxophone), the band 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". (Read more at Wikipedia.)

Links to Peel

On 6 October 1979, Peel saw the Beat live for the first time at Birmingham Aston University. He often cited this as one of his favourite gigs, an occasion when he apparently gave the band his own DJing fee so they would play again. On 15 August 1988 he recalled:

"I've never forgotten really the first time that I saw the Beat, at Aston University, one of the very best gigs ever. I invited them at the time to play their set through twice, and they did this, and both times it was wonderful. Just thinking about it sets me toes tapping."

A few weeks after this gig, the band appeared with the Vapors at the John Peel Roadshow visit to Guildford on Friday 16 November 1979. [1] Peel aired both sides of the group's debut single on his next show, 19 November 1979 and said he'd loan his copy to Mike Read, who wanted to play the record in his own programmes.

Festive Fifty Entries

  • None

Sessions

Three sessions. Official releases:
- Session #1 on I Just Can't Stop It 2xCD expanded reissue, 2012 (Edsel EDSG 8016)
- Session #2 on Wha'ppen? 2xCD expanded reissue, 2012 (Edsel EDSG 8017)
- Session #3 on Special Beat Service 2xCD expanded reissue, 2012 (Edsel EDSG 8018)
- 'Ranking Full Stop' from #1 on Various Artists: Movement: BBC Radio 1 Peel Sessions 1977-1979 2xCD, 2011 (EMI ‎– CDPEEL 7779)

1. Recorded 1979-10-24. First Broadcast 05 November 1979: Repeated 01 January 1980, 09 June 1980 (five Two-Tone session repeats), 02 June 1983.

  • Tears Of A Clown / Mirror In The Bathroom / Ranking Full Stop / Click Click / Big Shot

2. Recorded: 1980-09-03. First Broadcast 22 September 1980. Repeated 13 October 1980, 29 December 1980, 05 February 1985.

  • Too Nice To Talk To / Walk Away / Monkey Murders (9 Mexicans) / New Psychedelic Rockers

3. Recording date not known, private recording. First Broadcast 29 March 1982. Repeated: 07 September 1982

  • Spar Wid Me / Till The End Of The Party / She's Going She's Gone / Save It For Later / Sole Salvation / Patou And Roger A Go Talk

Other Shows Played

(The list below is compiled only from the database of this site and Lorcan's Tracklistings Archive. Please add more information if known.)

1979
1980
1981
1982
1983
1986
  • 11 February 1986: Whine & Grine / Stand Down Margaret (LP - I Just Can't Stop It) Go-Feet
1987
1988
  • 15 August 1988: (JP: 'I've never forgotten really the first time that I saw the Beat, at Aston University, one of the very best gigs ever. I invited them at the time to play their set through twice, and they did this, and both times it was wonderful. Just thinking about it sets me toes tapping.')
  • 27 December 1988 (BFBS): Ackee 1-2-3 (single) Go-Feet
1991
  • 07 July 1991: Tears Of A Clown (LP - This Are Two Tone) Two-Tone
1993
1996
1998
2000
  • 07 December 2000: (JP – “If I was to make a list of the best gigs that I ever went to in all of may life, say the top 10 or the top 15, then this lot at Aston University would certainly be on it.”) Whine and Grine/Stand Down Margaret (CD: Beat This! - The Best Of The Beat) Go-Feet
2001
  • 02 January 2001: 'Tears Of A Clown (CD-Beat This! The Best Of The Beat)' (Go-Feet)
  • 03 January 2001: 'Mirror In The Bathroom (CD-Beat This! The Best Of The Beat)' (Go-Feet)
  • 07 January 2001 (BFBS): 'Tears Of A Clown (CD-Beat This! The Best Of The Beat)' (Go-Feet)
2002
  • 21 August 2002: Tears Of A Clown (LP - B.P.M...Beats Per Minute) Go-Feet
2003
Ranking Roger
Other

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