Tuesday, March 22, 2016
General Public: ...All The Rage (1984)
After the dissolution of The Beat (AKA, the English Beat or the British Beat), Dave Wakeling and Ranking Roger formed the more pop-oriented General Public with an ex-Specials member, plus a former member of Dexy's Midnight Runners. Oddly, Mick Jones, formerly of The Clash, appears on many tracks, but departed to create Big Audio Dynamite. The liner notes say: "Mick Jones on loan from Real Westway and appears courtesy of CBS Records." Imagine being able to loan or borrow people. I have a long list of people I would love to borrow.
The band is OK, but not quite as good as The Beat. Still, they managed to produce a big hit with Tenderness. Roger's hairstyle didn't really catch on.