Mirror in the bathroom. Please talk free. The door is locked. Just you and me.
"You need my ID? But we’re olllld! I was a teenager when I listened to this band!” — someone in the group of women ahead of me in line to see The English Beat
"I haven’t needed a stamp on my hand since I was 20!" — one of her friends
— The English Beat, Brooklyn Bowl; Sept. 17, 2014
On this day in music history: September 17, 1984 - “All The Rage”, the debut album by General Public is released. Produced by General Public with Gavin MacKillop and Colin Fairley, it is recorded at AIR Studios, The Townhouse Studios, Redan Studios, The Lot in London, Genetic Studios in Reading, Berkshire, UK, and The Manor Studios in Shipton-on-Cherwell, Oxfordshire, UK from Late 1983 - Mid 1984. Formed after the break up of The (English) Beat, General Public is fronted by former members Dave Wakeling and Ranking Roger and features former members of Dexy’s Midnight Runners and The Specials. Mick Jones of The Clash also plays on several tracks but will leave the band to form Big Audio Dynamite, and does not appear in any band photographs. He will be replaced by guitarist Kevin White before the album is released. It will spin off three singles including “Tenderness” (#27 Pop) and “Never You Done That” (#105 Pop Bubbling Under). “Tenderness” will be featured in the teen comedies “Weird Science” and “Clueless”, and will be regarded as an 80’s pop classic. “All The Rage” will peak at number twenty six on the Billboard Top 200.