In an earlier post, I encouraged you to view this video instead of searching for videos of that Sketchy Andy guy being a douche. Well, if you actually took my advice, kudos to you! But even if you heeded my advice, you may still be in the dark as to the wonders of Londonbeat. I aim to remedy that. So, for no other reason than a lack of ideas, here are 5 things you may not have known about Londonbeat.*
5 Things You May Not Know About Londonbeat
1. The band has British and American members.
That’s right, Londonbeat is a pond-crossing collaborative effort. Jimmy Helms and George Chandler are Americans; Jimmy Chambers is Trinidadian, and William Henshall (Willy M.) is from the UK.
2. American band member Jimmy Helms was a fairly successful soul singer before joining Londonbeat.
He’s also pretty damn old; his first single, “Ragtime Girl,” was released in 1963! Also, he wrote “I’ve Been Thinking About You,” so he’s clearly the most awesome member of Londonbeat (and arguably the reason they exist at all).
3. The Netherlands was the first country to recognize their genius.
Their track “There’s a Beat Going On” reached number 10 on the Dutch charts, which given the Dutch appreciation for music is pretty much like 1 on any other chart. I strongly urge you to follow that link. You will not regret it.
4. They competed in the Eurovision Song Contest.
The Eurovision Song Contest is basically like the World Cup for music. But with Europe only, instead of the whole world. They entered the contest with a festive ditty entitled “I’m Just Your Puppet On A…(String),” but unfortunately lost to Love City Groove, who went on to perform this turd (performance starts at the 1:15 mark).
5. The regrouped in 2003 and signed to the German record label Coconut Records.
*Bonus fact about Londonbeat: whenever I type “Londonbeat”, I always add a “g,” thus making the hilariously Freudian typo “Londongbeat.” Make of that what you will.