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Dance Beats That Defined ’80s New Wave

“Can’t Get Used To Losing You” by English Beat

The English Beat was a ska-influenced band that became categorized as a new wave band. Their light, danceable sound was a great contrast to the moodier, and often bleak sound of many English new wave acts. Drummer Everett Moreton plays a pretty standard ska groove that was quite a fresh sound in the early ’80s, especially to American ears. The groove features the bass drum and rim-click played primarily on counts 2 and 4, with the rim-click occasionally playing on various e’s and ah’s. Moreton plays this part with a light swing that contributes to the groove. Though they had some successful singles like “Save It For Later,” the band dissolved and the members founded two other successful bands: General Public and Fine Young Cannibals.

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