Whatever Happened To… General Public?

Tenderness – General Public (1984)
This English band, originally founded by former members of The (English) Beat, Dexys Midnight Runners, The Specials, and The Clash, found considerable success with this, their debut album. Despite line-up changes, they released their sophomore effort in 1986, but it didn’t fare as well and the band split. Front-men Dave Wakeling & Ranking Roger went on to work on solo projects, but they re-launched General Public in 1993 to record a track for a film soundtrack, which became their biggest hit. They released a third album in 1995, but it went unnoticed, and they split again. Roger went on to release another solo album, collaborated with various artists, and then reunited with The Beat (the UK version) in 2006. Meanwhile Wakeling has since performed as The English Beat in the US.

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