Monday, August 20, 2012

The English Beat - Special Beat Service

English Beat.  "Special Beat Service was the third and final album by British ska band The Beat. Like the rest of their material, it was released in the US under the name "The English Beat".  It reached #39 on the Billboard 200 album chart in 1983 on the strength of two singles, "I Confess" and "Save It for Later," the videos for which received modest airplay on the fledgling MTV video network.  An instrumental version of the song "Rotating Head" had previously been released as the b-side of the single, "Jeanette", under the title, "March of the Swivelheads".  It was used in the conclusion of the film Ferris Bueller's Day Off in 1986.  The aircraft which the band appears to be debarking on the cover is a Vickers VC10, a British designed four-engine jet.  One song was produced by Mike Hedges, a British audio producer/engineer."  It was recorded at Roundhouse Studios, Chalk Farm Road, London, Greater London NW1 8EH, United Kingdom.


  1. And knowing the word "ska" can help in Scrabble if you have mostly a bunch of bad tiles -- add the s to an existing word (hopefully a higher pointer) and downward add the K (hopefully to a triple letter score) and A!

  2. What a coincidence ! I discover another "(English)Beat" fan. Interesting extra info and a great videoclip. Greetings, Eric.


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