The Beat - Mirror In The Bathroom (1980)

This was The Beat's third single release from their debut album I Just Can't Stop It, and reached #4 in 1980. The Ska/2 Tone song was the British band's third consecutive top ten hit in Great Britain, and became their highest charting single, until Can't Get Used To Losing You reached #3 in 1983. The final song to be released from their debut album was Best Friend which reached #22 in 1980.

The 2 Tone and Ska style was so completely different to all of the disco, new wave and new romantic stuff, and it has a timeless sound that you can still appreciate today. The music has a real quality to it that seems so refreshing when you listen to it again. The Beat's debut album is their finest, and is just so full of energy. The lyrics relate well to the tough conditions of growing-up in an early 80s city, with high unemployment and social unrest - and they're still very appropriate over three decades later!

The Beat - Mirror In The Bathroom
Can't Get Used To Losing You
This video clip features a performance of Can't Get Used To Losing You on Top Of The Pops on 19th May 1983.

The Beat's ska version of Andy Williams' hit song from 1963 reached #3 in the UK during 1983. The single is actually a remixed version of the track that features on the 1980 album I Just Can't Stop It.

The British 2 Tone/ska band's previous four singles had failed to chart, and so it came as welcome relief for the band to achieve another big hit. Released as the lead single from the compilation album What Is Beat?, this was actually the last song to reach the British Top 40. The second and final single from the album, Ackee 1-2-3 stalled at #54. A remix of the 80s hit Mirror In The Bathroom charted at #44 in 1996.

The band's musical career may have been short-lived, but between 1979 and 1983 they released a dozen catchy and timeless pop songs, many of which deserved more recognition than they actually received.

 

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