The English Beat @ Fountain Casino 1983

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English Beat Fountain Casino

I almost forgot about this show. Shows what a little digging in my slide archives and a little Internet searching will do. The show was REM opening for The English Beat at Fountain Casino, Aberdeen, NJ in 1983. I saw the slides before me and I knew I was there, I also had some vague recollection that REM ‘might’ have played but all these years later it was a bit foggy.

As I was scanning the first batch of 12 slides, images of Dave Wakeling, check. Images of Rankin Roger, check. Even one of the keyboard player. All well and good. So while these are scanning I’m racking my brain to figure out where this show was at. I Googled “English Beat shows 1983” got hits but no real detail. Then I figured I’d try “REM English Beat 1983 NJ.” Bingo! Sometimes you just have to admire how some people out there record every detail of bands they love. The hit came from an REM fan page listing show dates for REM in 1983. REM opening for The English Beat at Fountain Casino, Aberdeen, NJ, April 24, 1983. Amazing!

As far as my memories of the show … I can’t say I have any at his point in time. I know the show was good. I knew of REM at the time I had their first album and liked it. It was cool to see them. But I was there for the English Beat … I must say.

What’s odd to me is after scanning the first 12 slides I put the remaining 8 slides in the holder. And wouldn’t you know it, the last two slides were of a very young Michael Stipe, singing his heart out. What’s even more funny is I saw Michael Stipe on the Colbert Report just the night before. Just one of those strange little synchronistic ‘thangs.’

Joe Streno
artist . musician . photographer . apple computer consultant . residing in asbury park nj with his two cats rocky & rose & living to tell tales about it

9 thoughts on “The English Beat @ Fountain Casino 1983

  1. Yes I was there with my Rutgers U roommate and our boyfriends. We were there for the Beat. Lately I was thinking if REM was the opener… sure enough, they were!

    Clare G

    1. HI Claire …

      Small world. Glad to have help solidify a memory. It was a great show for both the Beat and REM.

      Thanks for stopping by.

  2. THANK YOU FOR POSTING PHOTOS… I remember Michael Stipe bouncing all over the place…GREAT, GREAT, GREAT SHOW…..Great club!!

  3. Joe, you and I went to this show together. We danced the whole night. I remember a guy calling you “Joe Strummer.” He thought you were the other Joe S.

  4. Wow! I was at this show and was so happy to see your pictures. I was a huge English Beat fan and my friends and I literally snuck out of our homes with fake ID’s in hand to see this show as we were in high school at the time. Thanks for posting. It brought back some great memories.

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