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Specialized are very excited and very honoured to announce that Dave Wakeling, songwriter and lead vocalist of UK ska legends The Beat and currently frontman of The English Beat , has submitted a brand new version of “Mirror in the bathroom” to be included on the album “ Specialized II – Beat Teenage Cancer. This superb highlight from the Beat catalogue has been re-recorded and transformed into a scintillating version for 2013 that will certainly prick up your ears! “Mirror in the bathroom” is one of those rare tracks that’s stands the test of time and the new lease of life breathed into it by Dave’s new recording will again catapult it back into the limelight and be an album stand out moment.

“The lyrics were written when I was working on a construction site. I’d had a couple of drinks the night before, and forgot to hang up my clothes to dry for the next day. It gets very wet on those construction sites, and it was the winter, so it was a snowy wet. I got into the bathroom and realized my clothes were all on the floor in a wet, sandy pile. So I hung them up and thought, “Well, if I steam them, at least I’ll be puttin’ ’em on warm.” I had a shower, and then I was shaving in the mirror, with the hangover and the wet clothes, and the thought of trying to break up frozen sand to put into the concrete machine was not that tasty. And I started talking to myself in the mirror, and said, “Dave, we don’t have to do this, mate. We don’t have to do this.” And in the mirror behind me, the door of the bathroom had a tiny little latch on it, and I said to myself, “The door’s locked. There’s only me and you. Just me and you here. We don’t have to do this.” And of course we did, because we needed money for Guinness that night. So on the motorbike we got, and skidded our way back to the construction site. And while I was on the bike, I was pondering it. “The door is locked, just you and me.” Had a nice feel to it. “Mirror In The bathroom.” That’s a great idea, but you can’t have a pop song called “Mirror In The Bathroom,” can you? That’s stupid. You’re meant to have pop songs called, “I Love You, Lady,” or something. Anyway the poem started, and continued during the day, and kept me warm while my clothes weren’t, and I’d got the germ of it from there. And when I heard David Steele’s bassline, I was like, “Wow, that poem I was writing on the motorbike fits it like a glove.”

Fit like a glove it did and luckily for us all, there was the birth of a timeless work of art. The first airing of this modern classic will be on your Officially Specialized radio station at www.wolfmanradio.co.uk nearer the release of the album so stay tuned to updates on the Specialized website, facebook and twitter. Specialized would like to thank Dave for his time and support with this project and although we are sorry to tease you all with this announcement, it will be worth the wait!
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Cool Cool Cool Cool Cool Cool
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......brilliant....sometimes the song itself is only half the story!
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Welcome on board Dave,pleasure is ours. Very Happy
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The man is a genius and a legend. Nuff said Cool
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