Leaders of the 2-Tone Ska movement, The Beat (known in the U.S. as The English Beat) formed in England in 1978 as a fusion of ska, pop, soul, reggae, and punk rock styles.
English Beat - Friday Show Biography
The Beat are all about inclusion over exclusion, a theme that clearly shines through in everything they do from their lineup through their noted musical influences. Originally consisting of band members Dave Wakeling (vocals/guitar), Andy Cox (guitar), David Steele (bass), and Everett Morton (drums), The Beat criss-crossed fluidly between soul, reggae, pop and punk in their early years as they worked on establishing their key sound. From disparate chunks of one genre mixed with inconclusive segments of another, The Beat created their own full sound by utilizing carefully selected bits and pieces of the sonic art that surrounded them. Known for generating infectious dance rhythms, The Beat became one of the most popular and influential bands of the British 2-Tone Ska Movement.
Oceanside Sound System Biography
Oceanside Sound System (a.k.a. The O.S.S.) was founded in 2009 by guitarist Ben Blessing, drummer Sid Hilarides (a.k.a. "Sid Sloth") and Skillet, former vocalist of the infamous hardcore street/punk band Wanted Dead. Making the most of their strong backgrounds in punk rock, classic rock, two-tone ska and reggae guitar styles, The O.S.S. quickly discovered that they were capable of creating a unique and memorable sound together. With the early success of their track "You or Me," the "Kings of Ska" were welcomed into the tight-knit borough of SoCal's reggae and ska artists.
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