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The Beat Goes On.

The English Beat - Caravan Club. 17/05/14.

 

Nostalgia.

The drug of our age for mid-lifers mourning their lost youth?

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Guilty, your Honour.

It can also be vindication that the music that fired our imagination, gave us our politics, widened our cultural experience and filed us with exhilaration really mattered. 

Seeing Dave Wakeling's 2014 incarnation of The English Beat did just that. 

It could never be filled with the urgency of Birmingham, 1981 in Thatcher's ravaged Britain - and we're blessed in that regard.

There was no Rankin' Roger, Steele, Cox or Saxa.

Yet there was that voice and those songs. 

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"I Confess", "Your Best Friend", "Rough Rider", "Save it For Later", "Twist And Crawl" and "Mirror In The Bathroom" all burnt brightly.

And the sense of joy as the crowd of yesterday's rude boys and girls responded vindicated the occassion.

The Beat does indeed go on. 

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We are the Everyday Robots - Damon Albarn's machine music

Who would have thought Damon Albarn would be the true genius of Brit Pop's golden age?

Yet he is.

From the high street attitude of Blur, the cartoon empire he built with Gorillaz and his countless side projects exploring afro-beat, dub and Chinese opera - I kid you not - his restless appetite for new sounds is staggering.

This new album "Everyday Robots" continues the quest.

It's an album about our interconnected, hard wired, 24/7 perpetual motion living.

A record about living in world with nowhere to hide but living alone nonetheless. 

We are those robots. 

Here is our soundtrack.

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