Rock ‘n’ roll is full of fascinating characters, but Dave Wakeling belongs squarely in the league of the most gregarious and interesting among them. He came through town last week to play a show with the English Beat, the band that put him on the map and made his reputation as a champion of the Brit-ska movement when they emerged from the shadow of Birmingham’s political, social, and musical upheaval of the late ’70s. When the door shut on the Beat in 1983, his next project, General Public, rose from its closure and Wakeling’s voice continued to be heard across the globe. Today, after years devoted to Green Peace and other projects, he’s back on the road touring as the English Beat, and he proved to be one of the most insightful and energetic musicians to hit the Vault yet. It’s not every day a rock luminary swings through our doors, so don’t miss our interview below and a track from the session after the jump. And be sure to check out the rest of his session at his Vault page.
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