Released as a single in 1980, The English Beat’s Mirror In The Bathroom, from their debut Lp, I Just Can’t Stop It. While rumors went around that the song was about illegal drugs, frontman Dave Wakeling has insisted that it’s about narcissistic behavior.
The Beat featuring Ranking Roger
Public Confidential (DMF)
The English Beat broke big in the early 1980’s, blending elements of ska and new wave into their own thing. Like a lot of early MTV bands, they eventually disbanded, before resurfacing in the 1990’s in multiple forms. Principal vocalists Dave Wakeling and Ranking Roger both continued to tour as The Beat, as recently as last year, before Roger’s untimely passing in March.
“Public Confidential” is Roger’s swan song, and it’s an incredible one. The title track lopes along with spooky sax fills, feeling like the eery epitaph to “Mirror In The Bathroom.” While all of these songs stand with the band’s best, “A Good Day For Sunshine” is that feel-good anthem that eclipses them. Roger will be missed.
By Dan Pavelich