The Beat aka The English Beat (in America) stood among the most popular of those bands from the "2 Tone/Punk" period of British popular music.
Along with The Clash they are easily my favorites.
This is Ranking Roger on vocals, Dave Wakeling on guitar and vocals, David Steele and Andy Cox (founding members of Fine Young Cannibals who scored international hits with Good Thing and She Drives Me Crazy) on bass and guitar, Everett Morton on drums and Saxa on sax.
The worst show I ever saw was Mink DeVille at some club out I-96 west of Detroit in 1978 or 79.
Willy DeVille looked strung out on something (probably heroin), Louis X. Erlanger looked disgusted, and Ruben Siguenza looked embarrassed (I might have the last two reversed).
I was ticked off about the whole thing for probably a week, and didn't play Cabretta for probably a year.
Then Rolling Stone liked Le Chat Bleu ..... a lot.
Still crabby, I bought it.
Damn ... what a great record.
I ended up buying that record in every format ever invented.
It was worth every penny if only for Willy's collaboration with the great Doc Pomus on Just To Walk That Little Girl Home, probably my favorite ballad ever (when it's not Mixed Up Shook Up Girl, also by Willy DeVille from Cabretta).
Willy was not nearly as good at life as he was at his music.
Twenty plus years a heroin addict, he lost his second wife to suicide.
He followed that up by trying to kill himself driving off a mountain.
Damn near succeeded.
Spent the rest of his life walking with a cane, and performing on a stool.
He died at age 59 from Pancreatic Cancer, which outhustled the Hepatitus C. August 6, 2009.
There has been no one remotely like him.
I sincerely doubt that there ever will be.
One of the great voices in the history of popular music.
Featuring Louis Cortelezzi (I think) on saxophone and Tom Watson in a clumsy attempt to disguise himself with a ponytail, on drums.
I have spent a lot of time in my life going to the bar to see a band.
Easily my favorite band of the last 20 years, and one of my very favorite bands of all time is BR5-49.
I put em right up there with The Clash.
They made two great records, a great EP, and three or four more real solid records.
They were even better live.
The Little Wiffer and I drove to see them nearly every time they got to within a hundred miles of home, a couple times I'm pretty sure we took the kids.
Just to let em see how it's done.
We were not alone, people drove all over the country to see "the boys".
Just maybe not quite enough people.
It's probably testimony to the charmed life I've led, that one of the saddest nights of my life was going to the Ark to see the boys and finding out that Gary Bennett and Jay McDowell had left the band.
They were a way great band and were even better guys.
They came out after every show I saw and hung out until everybody else had left or were kicked out, and were just plain fun to know.
One night, Donnie Herron sketched out the tunings he uses on his steel guitar for me.
I still have that napkin.
This is Chuck Mead on lead guitar and vocals, Gary Bennett on rhythm guitar and vocals, Donnie Herron "the future Governor of West (by God) Virginia" on the steel guitar (not to mention practically every other stringed instrument ever invented), "Smilin" Jay McDowell on the stand up bass ..."only 13 years old ladies and gentlemen" ... and Shaw Wilson playing drums.
“GD” is the goal difference between the two sides, “pop” = population, “y” = GDP per head and “exp” = team experience.
South Africa gets an additional 0.657 each game for home team advantage.
The above formula based on the ratio between the opposing team’s populations, GDP per person, experience and home field advantage for the host nation, Kuper and Syzmanski have applied linear regression (Huh?) to show that the outcome of international matches can be accurately predicted 72% of the time.
Brazil over Serbia.
Click the chart below for a larger, more readable version.
The chart was scanned from a Wired Magazine UK article at my other new favorite site, Chart Porn
The favored matchup by the betting public is England v. Brazil at about 14/1.
The odds for a Serbia v. Brazil final currently stand at about 150/1.
I'm thinking about it for a hundred.
I might put another hundred on Spain, my favorite team, to win.