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The Beat: I Just Can't Stop It (Sire SRK6091)

Ira Robbins, Trouser Press, August 1980

BIRMINGHAM, England has been the birthplace of several major musical trendsetters: the Move, Moody Blues, Black Sabbath. Unlike a number of other large cities in the UK, Birmingham hasn't made much noise in the last few years, but the Beat — riding through the muck and dust of soon-to-be-painfully-embarrassing-for-everyone-involved twoskatone — will make their hometown a name to reckon with even if nothing else comes out of there for a while.

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