Best Friend – The Beat (1980)


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An individual, limited edition, example of vinyl art made from a genuine, original, 45rpm, 7” single featuring the vinyl single, Best Friend by The Beat. The record was released in 1980, on the Go Feet record label and has been reworked into the silhouette of a puppy.

A great framed gift for a friend or family member who is a fan of The Beat, Ska, Dub, New Wave, Dogs  or has a special memory linked to the song.

Presented in a black wooden box frame
Limited Edition of 100, signed and numbered by myself, the artist

Title: Best Friend
Media Artist/s: The Beat
Record Label: Go Feet
Medium: Mixed media, hand cut from an original 7″ vinyl single
Era: 1980s
Genre: Ska

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Additional information about this, The Beat vinyl art.

The Beat – The Artist

The Beat (known in the United States and Canada as the English Beat and in Australia as the British Beat) are a band founded in Birmingham, England, in 1978. Their music fuses Latin, ska, pop, soul, reggae and punk rock. The Beat, consisting of Dave Wakeling (vocals, guitar), Ranking Roger (vocals), Andy Cox (guitar), David Steele (bass), Everett Morton (drums), and Saxa a.k.a. Lionel Augustus Martin (saxophone), released three studio albums in the early 1980s: I Just Can’t Stop It (1980), Wha’ppen? (1981) and Special Beat Service (1982), and a string of singles, including “Mirror in the Bathroom”, “Save It for Later”, “I Confess”, “Too Nice to Talk To”, “Can’t Get Used to Losing You”, “Hands Off…She’s Mine”, and “All Out to Get You”.

Best Friend – The Song

‘Best Friend’  is a song by British ska/new wave band The Beat, released on 8 August 1980 as the fourth and final single from their debut album I Just Can’t Stop It. It was released as a double A-side single with a dub version of “Stand Down Margaret”. The band raised 14 thousand pounds from the sales of the single, which went to the Anti-Nuclear Campaign and the CND. Vocalist, Dave Wakeling said that he was “singing it to myself in the same mirror that “Mirror in the Bathroom” was written in” and is about “singing a song to a reflection, you know, I just found I’m your best friend – you”.

The Dog- The Shape

This record has been modelled into the silhouette head of a young dog or puppy.

Friendship is a relationship of mutual affection between people. It is a stronger form of interpersonal bond than an association, and has been studied in academic fields such as communication, sociology, social psychology, anthropology, and philosophy. Various academic theories of friendship have been proposed, including social exchange theory, equity theory, relational dialectics, and attachment styles. Although there are many forms of friendship, some of which may vary from place to place, certain characteristics are present in many types of such bonds. Such characteristics include affection, kindness, love, virtue, sympathy, empathy, honesty, altruism, loyalty, generosity, forgiveness, mutual understanding and compassion, enjoyment of each other’s company, trust, and the ability to be oneself, express one’s feelings to others, and make mistakes without fear of judgment from the friend. Friendship is an essential aspect of relationship building skills.ts.

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Weight 1030 g
Dimensions 25 × 4.5 × 25 cm
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