Preview: The Beat, Brass Monkey, Havelock Road, Saturday, 7.30pm.
A TREAT for ska fans this weekend with the Brass Monkey serving up a special dose of Two Tone in the form of genre-definers The Beat.
Contemporaries of Madness and The Specials, The Beat skanked and pogo’d their way into the nation’s consciousness with infectious reggae-infused hits like Can’t Get Used to Losing You, Hands Off...She’s Mine, Tears of a Clown and their signature stand-out song Mirror in the Bathroom, which reached number four in the charts back in 1979.
With two top ten albums to their name, the band represents far more than the catchy single by numbers outfits which flooded the early 80s hit parade.
And, with original member and toaster-extraordinaire Ranking Roger now joined by his equally talented son, the band boast a modern twist usually out of reach to groups entering their fifth decade of performing.
Tickets are £10 on the door and support comes from local outfit Ska’d For Life.