The Beale, live in 2007

The Beale – Live at Guided Missile Club, Buffalo Bar, 10 February 2007. Full set.


Beaut 34, The Stone, Seeds, Young Stuart, The Double Carpet, The Chinese Pilot, The Top Ten, Constantinople

This was uploaded, to my great delight, around the time of my birthday (a coincidence), by Paul of Guided Missile Records, the Guided Missile Club, The Beale, and latterly the TV-theme re-enactors Dream Themes. If you’re pressed for time, skip to The Double Carpet at 11’40”.

The Beale, review in The Sunday Times

The Sunday Times, Culture section, 27 June 2004.

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Pop: New Releases: The Beale: 21 Years in Kranj

21 Years in Kranj
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The failure of Apple’s iTunes website to co-operate with the majority of the UK’s independent labels exemplifies consumer culture’s illusion of choice. The same music one can already access easily via Amazon or HMV now also comes direct to your laptop at reduced cost, while the margins are further marginalised. Meanwhile, the new album by the Beale is available to download, entirely free, at, or as a CD you can hold in your hand for £4 at The group infect a 1980s post-punk template with furious kitchen-sink surrealism and comical provincial belligerence. Their front man, Adrian Shaw, is a great English eccentric waiting to be discovered. Fall fans will embrace the group’s impatience with rebranded lemonade and Superking-smoking men. Even the merely curious can afford to investigate. Four stars

The Beale, live session on Kosmische show, Resonance FM

The Beale at Catch 22, Kingsland Road, 22 July 2004
The Beale at Catch 22, Kingsland Road, 22 July 2004

Live in the studio for the Kosmische show on Resonance FM, 10 pm, 6 April 2004.

Set list:

Introduction / Mama (instrumental)
The New 7Up
Young Stuart
Top Ten
Double Carpet
Chinese Pilot
Hardboard House

The presenter was required to make an on-air disclaimer after the final song. The Beale makes no such apology.

The entire set may be downloaded from The Beale fansite.