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Episode credited cast:
Jools Holland ...
Himself - Host
Rest of cast listed alphabetically:
The Beta Band ...
Badly Drawn Boy ...
Johnny Clarke ...
Pietra Montecorvino ...
Himself - Musical Guest
Junior Murvin ...
The Ordinary Boys ...
Andy Rourke ...
Glenn Tilbrook ...


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21 May 2004 (UK)  »

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And It's Goodbye To The Beta Band
4 June 2016 | by (Isle Of Bute , Scotland) – See all my reviews

Heard of The Beta Band ? Don't worry if you haven't because neither had I until the start of 2011 when I used to work with a chef called Alan who I'll always remember for two reasons

1) He had a very pretty senorita called Maria as a girlfriend

2) He also had an alternative taste in music

Something dubious about the second bit because can you imagine working at a busy airport kitchen with Radiohead blaring away for ten hours solid ? One day Alan did redeem himself by playing a song that encompassed sunshine and Summer with a chorus of "If there's something inside you want to say , say it outloud it'll be okay I will be your light , I will be your light, I will be your light"

"Who's that Alan ? That's a brilliant song"

"The Beta Band"

Can you play that again please . What's it called ?

"Dry the rain"

That night I finished at some ungodly hour , rushed home after a long commute and got on to youtube and Wikipedia and researched every single piece of info I could about this obscure band from Edinburgh only to find they'd split up and I scratched my head wondering why I'd never heard of them

With hindsight an experimental , quirky , alternative indie band is difficult to market , especially since the mainstream was moving more in to bland pop with pretty girls and boys singing songs someone else wrote for them without being able to play an instrument . The band itself probably didn't do themselves too many favours . This second and final appearance on LATER was probably TBB last chance to grab a neutral audience . Assessment is an obvious attempt to bring out a commercial hit which it was to a very small degree reaching number 31 on the charts ( Broke from 2001 is to date their biggest hit which reached number 30 in the British charts ) while Space is a typically off-beat track but not really an indicative track from their 2004 album Heroes To Zero which has songs containing a cruel beauty of finality such as Wonderful , Simple and most especially the closing track Pure For . Indeed it could be by this point the band had given up on making a breakthrough and the band played their last gig at the Liquid Rooms in Edinburgh in December 2004

And so farewell to The Beta Band . An alternative band whose sad , haunting lyrics of unrequited love and loneliness will last me for a lifetime . Even if you're extinct you can still be an inspiration to others who were previously unaware you ever existed

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