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A Los Angeles-based power pop} outfit formed by Paul Collins} (ex-Nerves}), the Beat} recorded its self-titled debut LP after signing to Columbia Records} in 1979. Despite good reviews and some regional success, the album failed to make much impact. A second attempt, 1982's The Kids Are the Same} (this time credited to Paul Collins' Beat}), also failed and effectively broke up the band. However, Collins} returned the following year with a harder-rocking lineup including Patti Smith Group} drummer Jay Dee Daugherty}. Their EP, To Beat or Not to Beat}, was again ignored; it proved to be the band's last recording. While it seemed that the Beat}'s only claim to fame would be forcing the (English) Beat} to change its name in the U.S., their albums are now seen as classic examples of power pop}. Paul Collins} returned to a solo career into the '90s, signing to Wagon Wheel Records}. ~ Chris Woodstra, All Music Guide

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