David Steele

Born 8 September 1960.

UK musician, member of The Beat and Fine Young Cannibals

Biography

David "Shuffle" Steele (born 8 September 1960) is an English musician who was a member of The Beat and Fine Young Cannibals.

He was born in Cowes, Isle of Wight.

From 1978 to 1983, Steele was bassist in the 2 Tone ska revival band, The Beat, (known in the United States as The English Beat). After Ranking Roger and Dave Wakeling left The Beat to form General Public, Steele and guitarist Andy Cox recruited singer Roland Gift to form Fine Young Cannibals, whose career lasted into the early 1990s. In 1988, while FYC were on hiatus, Cox and Steele released the instrumental house music single, "Tired of Getting Pushed Around", under the name of Two Men, A Drum Machine and A Trumpet. It reached #18 in the UK Singles Chart.

Steele's bass lines in The Beat, took the Jamaican style of ska and added a harder, punk rock-influenced style. The Beat song, "Mirror in the Bathroom", is largely built on top of the driving, eighth-note bass line that runs through the entire song. Fine Young Cannibals had a more soulful, and sometimes electronic sound, and Steele's bass lines were less prominent in the outfit.

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