On July 10th, the English Beat will release a new single disc, Keep The Beat: The Very Best Of The English Beat, as well as a career-spaning five-disc box set, The English Beat: The Complete Beat. The set contains previously unreleased extras, including “Save It for Later” from the Peel Sessions and “Which Side of the Bed,” which was previously unreleased in the U.S. Both tracks are available to stream exclusively at RollingStone.com.
The English Beat singer Dave Wakeling considers “Which Side of the Bed” to be an “ironic celebration of the battle of the sexes.” He explains that the track is about the emotional distance between a couple in bed. “Separated by what feels like a thousand miles and a thousand reasons from the person you are laying next to, you wake up to find you are touching toes,” Wakeling says. “The bittersweet sensation is too intense to go back to sleep, it’s hard to breathe, you cannot move, so you start to write a song in your head… ‘Who started this next operation on our hearts.'”
The English Beat will hit the road at the end of March for a North American tour in support of the box set’s release.