1980s Bands: The Beat – Mirror In The Bathroom.
Above Photo: The Beat.
The Beat, a Birmingham Ska band, released a great single called ‘Mirror In The Bathroom’ in 1980. It came off their debut album I Just Can’t Stop It, and reached Number 4 in the UK charts. In the US the band was (and still is) known as The English Beat, because there was a US band with the same name.
The Beat was born out of the tough life of working class youth in British cities under Margaret Thatcher’s government in the 1980s, which is something I also describe in my Punk and New Wave memoir, Bombed Out!.
Although it doesn’t get a mention in Bombed Out!, I thought Mirror In The Bathroom was an excellent single and I also liked the video (see You Tube link below) although I personally empathized more with the lyrics of “Too Nice To Talk To”, which was a Beat single released in 1981 (video also below). This also charted in the UK, right in the thick of the personal proceedings chronicled in Bombed Out!, so I can be excused for forgetting to include a reference to the band in the book.
What I didn’t know until I was doing music research for the book was that when The Beat broke up in 1983, two of the members, Andy Cox and David Steele, went on to form another, even better-known and more commercially successful 1980s band, the Fine Young Cannibals with singer Ronald Gift.
The video for Mirror In The Bathroom was filmed inside the (now demolished) Rum Runner nightclub in the Birmingham’s Broad Street, and outside ‘C&A’ in Corporation Street in the same city.
It’s a great early 1980s band video.
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Also my personal favourite Beat track – Too Nice To Talk To.