So as often happens when you follow an energetic, epochal debut album with a slower, more experimental record, the people who loved that debut album tend to dismiss the follow-up. And so it went with me and The Beat’s second album, 1981’s Wha’ppen?
Which — I should point out — I bought on Christmas Day, 1982 (at Tower Records, natch!) a whole two months after I bought I Just Can’t Stop It. But it was a pretty big two months, as KFSR had finally gone on the air, and I’d also started the first real relationship of my adult life, so perhaps I wasn’t prepared to give Wha’appen? the attention it deserved.