If Dave Wakeling has his way, this will be the year some new English Beat music is recorded and released.
Wakeling, who's currently on the road with his latest version of the group, tells Billboard.com that he has 17 demos ready, including songs such as "The Love You Give Last Forever," "How Can You Stand There" and "Said We Would Never Die," which have become favorites of live audiences in recent years. "We've had a half-dozen songs picked out by various people as being hits -- then when you ask them what a hit is, they don't know anymore!" Wakeling says with a laugh. "But we're proud of what we have. It's an exciting time."
Wakeling, whose last English Beat album was 1982's "Special Beat Service," hopes to take the songs into the studio for formal recording in-between tour commitments, which includes a headline run into late July and then shows with Squeeze. The big question, he says, is how the new material will be released.