Formed in San Francisco in 1979, the new wave/pop band the Beat was led by Paul Collins, who had previously played in power pop band the Nerves, with Peter Case, who later joined the Plimsouls, and songwriter Jack Lee (whose ‘Hanging On The Telephone’ was a hit for Blondie). The Beat signed with Bill Graham’s management company and secured a recording contract with Columbia Records. Their debut, The Beat, was popular on college radio but never broke nationally. Their second album and a 1983 EP for Passport Records, recorded with a new line-up, failed to garner much interest and the group broke up.
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