The Beat & Bionic Rats in Dublin (Review)

February 09, 2015

the-beat-2015Legendary ska/reggae band The Beat from Birmingham in the U.K. have just started their 2015 world tour. It runs to November next, and sees the band visiting France, the Netherlands, Australia and Britain – with many more locations to be announced.

The Beat enjoy a unique and proud position in reggae\ska’s rollercoaster ride. The band played a crucial role during the 1980s in adapting the genre to a British audience, successfully merging it with the emotions of disaffected punk rockers and (frequently fascist-oriented!) ska supporting skin heads.


The Beat in Australia 2015

December 17, 2014

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The Beat in Australia 2015

Wed 1st April – Charles Hotel, Perth WA
Thu 2nd April – The Corner, Melbourne, VIC
Sun 5th April – Factory, Sydney, NSW


Rogers Radio Mixtape

November 27, 2014

Radio Schedule for Roger’s Mixtape :

Friday 28 November (00:00 pm/London time) on
Friday 28 November (9 pm / London time) on
Saturday 22 November (6 pm/Paris time) on
Tuesday 25 November (10 pm/paris time) on
Wednesday 26 November (11 pm/paris time) on
Friday 28 November (11 pm/Paris time) on
Tuesday 25 November (8 pm/Paris time) on
Sunday 23 November (5 pm/Tel Aviv Time) & Friday 28 November (10 pm) on

Monday 24 November (11 pm, Greece time)
Sunday 23 November (6 pm, Greece time)

Ranking Roger ‘Rock the Casbah’ EP for Strummerville

November 06, 2014

Ranking Roger vs Dopegrinders release a remix of Rock The Casbah in aid of Strummerville with the help of the Clash!

In 1981, coming off the back of The Beat’s top ten hit “Too Nice To Talk To”, Roger was asked by Joe Strummer and Mick Jones to sing on a version of Rock The Casbah that the Clash were recording. This lead to further collaborations between Roger and the Clash on the road, and then to Mick Jones playing guitar (and nearly joining the group) for General Public, the band that Roger and Dave Wakeling formed after the break up of The Beat in 1983, which enjoyed considerable success on the USA (their biggest hit, Tenderness, still being used in movies today).

While Roger and The Clash’s version of Rock The Casbah was never released, Roger has continued to play the song live (it was included on his recent Live In London CD), so when he met the producing duo Dopegrinders at Across The Tracks festival in 2012, and they decided to record together, it was an obvious track to start with. To make it even better, Mick Jones, as a favor to Roger, very kindly made the original stems available for the Dopegrinder’s use. By way of thanks, Dopegrinders, Roger & The Beat agreed to contribute all their collaborations to Strummerville (aka The Joe Strummer New Music Foundation), to be released in December 2014, the 12th anniversary of Joe’s death (22 December 2002).


Sunday Mirror’s review from the Exeter show

October 13, 2014


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Birmingham Show Cancelled

October 11, 2014

We are sorry to say we have cancelled our show on 13 December at Birmingham Institute. Madness are playing on the same night at the LG Arena which has obviously affected our show so we are going to look at another date in 2015 but in the meantime please contact the ticket outlet you purchased from for a refund.


NEW Ranking Roger Album on Sale

July 24, 2014


Ranking Roger – Pop Off The Head Top

Click here for track listing:
Featuring Ranking Junior, Roger’s daughter Saffren Murphy, Dopegrinders, AleXannA, Mr Anonymous, & Gaudi

The Beat make the 100 best Glastonbury performances ever

June 21, 2014

45. The Beat, 2004

Heritage acts to can suddenly find an unexpected tail wind amid Glastonbury’s wilds. When Eighties ska band The Beat played to 30,000 revellers amid the Wild West burlesque of Lost Vagueness the dynamic gelled, then exploded.

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