Friday Night: The English Beat & the Romantics at Fitzgerald's

The English Beat, The Romantics Fitzgerald's June 15, 2012

I've often wondered if people who experienced the '80s in adulthood had as much fun as the music still makes it sound today. Probably not, but try coming of age on the cusp of the '90s and all these rain-clouded Seattle bands pissing all over everyone's parade or borderline-comatose college-rockers like Pavement or Sebadoh mumbling all the time. Oof.

So if there's a ribbon of truth to the musical urban legend that the last time someone in a band smiled onstage was sometime in 1991, Dave Wakeling's grin threatened to blind the Fitzgerald's audience. Not to be all Pollyanna, but Wakeling and the rest of the English Beat's set upstairs Friday night was a solid hour-plus ray of sunshine without all the unpleasant heat-related connotations such an allusion might mean during a Houston summer.

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Chris Gray has been Music Editor for the Houston Press since 2008. He is the proud father of a Beatles-loving toddler named Oliver.
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