Mirror in the Bathroom

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"Mirror in the Bathroom"
Mirror in the Bathroom (The Beat single) cover art.jpg
One of UK vinyl editions
Single by The Beat
from the album I Just Can't Stop It
B-side "Jackpot"
Released 26 April 1980 (1980-04-26)
Format 12" vinyl, 7" vinyl
Genre Ska, two tone
Length 3:10
Label Go-Feet Records
Writer(s) Ranking Roger, Andy Cox, Everett Morton, David Steele, Dave Wakeling
Producer(s) Bob Sargeant
The Beat singles chronology
"Hands Off...She's Mine"
"Mirror in the Bathroom"
"Best Friend"
"Mirror in the Bathroom (Mark "Spike" Stent Remix)"
Single by The Beat
from the album B.P.M.: The Very Best of The Beat
Released 19 October 1995
Format CD, 12"
Recorded 1980, 1995
Genre Ska, dub, jungle
Length 3:28
Label Go-Feet Records, BMG
Writer(s) Ranking Roger, Andy Cox, Everett Morton, David Steele, Dave Wakeling
The Beat singles chronology
"Mirror in the Bathroom"
"Mirror in the Bathroom CD2"

"Mirror in the Bathroom" is a single by British ska band The Beat released as a single in 1980 from their debut album I Just Can't Stop It (also released in 1980). It reached number 4 in the UK Singles Chart and consequently was their highest charting release in the UK until 1983.[1] It was released again in 1995 as a CD single (Remix EP) to promote b.p.m.: The Very Best of the Beat (1996). The reissued single reached number 44 in 1995.[1]

It was the first single released in the UK to have been digitally recorded.[2]

The original version also features on the albums What is Beat? (1983), What is the English Beat? (1983), b.p.m.: The Very Best of the Beat (1996), Beat This! The Best of the Beat (2000), various artists release Rude Boy Revival (2002), The Platinum Collection (2006) and You Just Can't Beat It: The Best of the Beat (2008). It was also included on two eclectic DJ-mixed albums: Tricky's instalment of the Back to Mine series and the first of Ninja Tune's Solid Steel albums. The song is still played live by the band regularly.

The song was ranked at #3 among the top ten "Tracks of the Year" for 1980 by NME.[3]

The single was re-released on 21 April 2012 for Record Store Day 2012 as a limited edition 750 run of 7" copies. Its B-side is "Too Nice to Talk To".[4]

The song has also been recorded for the 1987 film Someone to Watch Over Me and the 1999 film SLC Punk!, by a project called Fifi.

1995 track listing[edit]

  1. "Mirror in the Bathroom" (Sure is Pure remix)
  2. "Mirror in the Bathroom" (Tic Tac Toe remix)
  3. "Mirror in the Bathroom" (Simon and Diamond remix)
  4. "Mirror in the Bathroom" (Adelphi remix)


  1. ^ a b Roberts, David (2006). British Hit Singles & Albums (19th ed.). London: Guinness World Records Limited. pp. 48/9. ISBN 1-904994-10-5. 
  2. ^ "BBC Archive on Twitter: "#OnThisDay 1980: The Beat released "Mirror in the Bathroom", the first digitally-recorded single released in the UK"". Twitter. 2016-04-26. Retrieved 2016-10-10. 
  3. ^ "Albums and Tracks of the Year". NME. 2016. Retrieved 30 October 2016. 
  4. ^ [1]

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