w/ very special guests The English Beat Friday, April 27, 2012 7pm Doors $35 plus tax ALL AGES
As one of the most traditional pop bands of the new wave, Squeeze provides one of the links between classic British guitar pop and post-punk. Inspired heavily by the Beatles and the Kinks, songwriters Chris Difford and Glenn Tilbrook were hailed as the heirs to Lennon and McCartney's throne during their heyday in the early '80s. Squeeze built a dedicated following and many of their songs -- "Another Nail In My Heart," "Pulling Mussels (From the Shell)," "Tempted," "Black Coffee In Bed" -- became pop classics of the new wave era, as the platinum status of their compilation Singles 45's and Under indicates.
The English Beat is one of the earliest and most important ska revivalist groups. Formed in 1978, the multiracial band carved a distinct sound through the use of alternating lead vocals between guitarist Dave Wakeling and punk toaster/rapper Ranking Roger. 1982's Special Beat Service helped the band increase its U.S. fan base through MTV exposure of "Save It for Later" and "I Confess."