Dave Wakeling

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Dave Wakeling
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Dave Wakeling on stage in 2007
Background information
Birth nameDavid Wakeling
Born (1956-02-19) 19 February 1956 (age 63)
Birmingham, England
GenresSka, pop, new wave
Occupation(s)Musician, songwriter
InstrumentsVocals, guitar
Years active1978–present
LabelsI.R.S. Records
Associated actsThe Beat, English Beat, General Public
WebsiteDave Wakeling's website

David Wakeling (born 19 February 1956 in Birmingham, England) is an English ska musician, known for his work with the band the Beat (known in North America as the English Beat), and General Public.


I Just Can't Stop It, the first album by the Beat, included the singles "Mirror in the Bathroom", "Hands Off She's Mine" and "Can't Get Used to Losing You", which all entered the Top 10 in the UK Singles Chart, they also had UK hits from the albums Wha'ppen? and Special Beat Service.

Wakeling then formed General Public with Ranking Roger in 1984, and they released their debut album All the Rage, he recorded two other albums with General Public, Hand To Mouth (1986) and Rub It Better (1995), shortly after which the act disbanded.

He then produced the soundtrack for the John Hughes film She's Having a Baby (1988), in which he also recorded the title track.

Wakeling released No Warning, a solo album, on I.R.S. Records in 1991 and has lived in California for a number of years. He regularly performs as the English Beat in North America[1], and has recorded two new songs that feature in the Scooby-Doo! Mystery Incorporated episode "Dance of the Undead" which debuted in March 2013."[2]

Personal life[edit]

Wakeling is divorced, with two children, Max and Chloe, he resides in the San Fernando Valley.

In 1985, Wakeling announced in a press interview with Mother Jones magazine that he was bisexual.[3]

In a July 2012, Wakeling expressed concern over the United States' economic problems: "I have a nose tuned to the smell of the death of an empire, and I smell it now."[4]


  • No Warning (1991 I.R.S. Records)
  1. I Want More
  2. No Warning
  3. Remember in the Dark
  4. Every Time You Look at Me That Way
  5. Sensation
  6. Freedom Fighter
  7. One + One + One
  8. Sex with You
  9. I'm Not Ready
  10. She's Having a Baby

Produced by Mark Goldenberg (tracks 1–9) and Steve Levine ("She's Having a Baby")


  1. ^ [1] Archived 15 September 2010 at the Wayback Machine
  2. ^ "Marco On The Bass: Scooby Doo Episode Features New Music By The English Beat". Marcoonthebass.blogspot.com. 22 March 2013. Retrieved 24 August 2014.
  3. ^ Block, Adam (February 1985). "Music: Dave Wakeling Goes Public". Mother Jones. San Francisco, USA: Foundation for National Progress. Retrieved 25 June 2015.
  4. ^ "Dave Wakeling's Tuned Nose Knows Tenderness". Nymn.com. 27 July 2012. Retrieved 23 September 2012.


  • 1. The Rolling Stone Encyclopedia of Rock and Roll, Third Edition (Fireside, 2001)
  • 2. The Billboard Book of Top 40 Hits, 8th Edition (Billboard Books, 2004)

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