Audiography: Episode 047: “Dave Wakeling (of English Beat and General Public)”

on July 26, 2012, 12:01am

In this edition of Audiography, we feature reviews of the latest releases by Aesop Rock,  JEFF the Brotherhood, and Old Crow Medicine Show. We also feature a conversation between Consequence of Sound’s Len Comaratta and Dave Wakeling. As the vocalist and leader of The [English] Beat, Wakeling wrote and sang on classic hits including “Mirror in the Bathroom” and “Save It for Later”. After dissolving the Beat in 1983, Wakeling and Beat bandmate Ranking Roger formed the post-punk supergroup General Public.

Recently, in light of Shout Factory’s five-disc box set, we caught up with Wakeling to discuss the new collection, a possible General Public compilation in the near future, the early days of The Beat, and why he was into ska and not punk. Other topics include Wakeling’s contributions to John Hughes films, including Ferris Bueller’s Day Off and She’s Having a Baby, and recording an album using nothing but solar power.

Featured Music:
01. Old Crow Medicine Show –  “Mississippi Saturday Night“ (excerpt), “Levi” (excerpt)
02. JEFF the Brotherhood – “Mystic Portal II“ (excerpt), “Staring at the Wall“ (excerpt)
03. Aesop Rock – “Racing Stripes” (excerpt), “Zero Dark Thirty” (excerpt), “Gopher Guts” (excerpt)
04. English Beat – “Tears of a Clown”
05. Pete Townsend – “Save It For Later”
06. Dave Wakeling – “She’s Having a Baby”
07. English Beat – “March of the Swivelheads” (bed)
08. General Public – “Taking the Day Off”
09. General Public – “Tenderness”

Audiography Episode 047 – ”Dave Wakeling (of English Beat and General Public)”
Written and Produced by Len Comaratta, Alex Young, Adam Kivel, Caitlin Meyer, Nick Freed

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