City Paper is not for tourists
Though the “Spring Skaward” tour is an unfortunate pun in a world teeming with them, it’s almost forgivable coming from the English Beat and Fishbone, two bands who’ve left an indelible mark on the wayward style’s jaunty upstrokes and danceable rhythms. The English Beat, arguably best-known for its jukebox classic “Mirror in the Bathroom,” helped usher in the 2 Tone movement in the late ’70s, infusing ska’s Jamaican roots with the social unrest of English punk. After disbanding in 1983, the band moved onto other projects, most notably Andy Cox and David Steele’s Fine Young Cannibals. Both Cox and Steele declined to participate in the current reunion to, presumably, continue enjoying the handsome royalty checks yielded by “She Drives Me Crazy.” Unlike the Beat, Fishbone has steadily toured and recorded over the past 30 years, though the world at large has been reluctant (or unwilling) to wholeheartedly embrace its frenetic blend of funk, ska, punk, and metal. Sk’est la vie.
THE ENGLISH BEAT AND FISHBONE PERFORM AT THE 9:30 CLUB, 815 V ST. NW. $25. (202) 393-0930.