Dave-Wakeling

Tenderness
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  • General Public
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80’S TUESDAY: Tenderness by General Public - There are so many songs that get lost to time.  So as I heard this tune the other day, I knew it was worthy of posting on my 80’s day.  The face of General Public, a UK new wave band, were Dave Wakeling and Ranking Roger of seminal 2 Tone ska band The Beat.  But I had forgotten all of that till last week.

General Public had a string of minor hits for the two albums they recorded in the 80’s.  But it was the song Tenderness that was the big song for them, appearing in a string of John Hughes movies and the movie Clueless.  For me though, it is the happy song, something that I could use as torrential rains fall this morning.  So just put on your headphones, listen to this song, and get yourself in your personal happy place!

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I had no idea when watching, and enjoying, the episode of “Scooby Doo: Mystery Incorporated”, that the songs “Dead Right Mate” and “We’re the Good Bad Girls” by “Rude Boy and the Ska-tastics” and “The Hex Girls” were written by, and in the case of “Dead Right Mate”, sung by Dave Wakeling, lead singer of the old ska band of my youth “The Beat” (Who performed “Mirror in the Bathroom”, “Hands Off She’s Mine” and “Can’t Get Used to Losing You”).

Cool factor increased by a factor of about umpteen! :)