Beats International, 1991. From L to R: Lester Noel, Norman Cook, Lindy Layton, Andy Boucher
A loose confederation of musicians, the line-up also included vocalist Lindy Layton, former North of Cornwallis vocalist Lester Noel, rappers DJ Baptiste (The Crazy MC), MC Wildski and keyboardist Andy Boucher. Unusually, the band's live line-up also incorporated a graffiti artist, REQ, who would paint designs on a backdrop while the musicians played.
Their debut studio album, Let Them Eat Bingo spawned the UK number-one single "Dub Be Good to Me", a re-working of the The SOS Band's chart-topper "Just Be Good to Me", based around a sample of the bassline from The Clash's "Guns of Brixton" and featuring Layton on vocals.
The second Beats International album was 1991's Excursion on the Version, which featured a greater use of dub and reggae sounds, but failed to repeat the success of its predecessor. This was the final Beats International recording, with Cook next going on to form Freak Power.
|Year||Album||UK Albums Chart|
|1990||Let Them Eat Bingo||
|1991||Excursion on the Version||
|1990||"Dub Be Good to Me"||1||4||2||5||19||4||2||6||10||10||12||6||76||1||Let Them Eat Bingo|
|"Won't Talk About It"||9||12||28||—||—||26||27||24||—||—||—||20||76||4|
|"For Spacious Lies" (France only)||—||—||—||—||—||—||—||—||—||—||—||—||—||—|
|1991||"Echo Chamber"||60||—||—||—||—||—||—||—||—||—||—||49||—||—||Excursion on the Version|
|"The Sun Doesn't Shine"||66||—||—||—||—||81||—||—||—||—||—||—||—||—|
|"In the Ghetto"||44||—||—||—||—||89||—||—||—||—||—||7||—||—|
|1992||"Change Your Mind" (US only)||—||—||—||—||—||—||—||—||—||—||—||—||—||28|
|"—" denotes releases that did not chart or were not released.|
- "Let Them Eat Bingo"
- "Burundi Dub"
- "Thank You for Talkin' to Me Africa" by Sly & The Family Stone / bassline
- "Dub Be Good to Me"
- "Blame It On The Bassline"
- "Get Into Something" by Isley Brothers / phrase "Come on now / give the drummer some"
- "Won't Talk About It"
- "Levi Stubbs Tears" by Billy Bragg / guitar
- "Dance to the Drummer's Beat"
- "Dance to the Drummer's Beat" by Herman Kelly & Life
- "Tribute to King Tubby"
- "Unwind Yourself" by Marva Whitney / saxophone in beginning
- "Excursion on the Version"
- "Echo Chamber"
- "Could You Be Loved" by Bob Marley & The Wailers
- List of Number 1 Dance Hits (United States)
- List of artists who reached number one on the US Dance chart
- Roberts, David (2006). British Hit Singles & Albums (19th ed.). London: Guinness World Records Limited. p. 50. ISBN 1-904994-10-5.
- "Official Charts Company: Beats International". Official Charts Company. Retrieved 2014-04-04.
- "Beats International - German Chart". charts.de. Retrieved 2014-04-03.
- Beats International chart history
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