Paul Collins PROFILE

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Paul Collins

Paul Collins was a founding member of The Nerves, a legendary underground rock group from 1974-77. (Other legendary rock groups formed in 1974, including Blondie, The Ramones, Radio Birdman and The Dictators). The Nerves were a 3-piece band featuring the talents of Jack Lee, Peter Case (The Plimsouls) and Paul Collins (The Beat). Aside from touring with The Ramones, The Nerves funded their own recordings without a record deal. The Nerves originally recorded the song Hanging On The Telephone, which was leter covered by Deborah Harry and Blondie on the chart topping "Parallel Lines" album. Paul Collins' Beat have been making music for more than 30 years and are often called "The Godfathers Of Power Pop." Power Pop is a form of punk rock that combines rythm and blues and 60s rock sounds such as The Beatles, The Rolling Stones and The Byrds with the raw energy of notable punk and garage rock acts such as MC5 and Iggy Pop & The Stooges. With encouragement from his longtime friend Dee Dee Ramone of The Ramones, lead singer Paul Collins began work on new material for a future Paul Collins' Beat album nearly 12 years ago. This year, Paul Collins' Beat have released the all-new studio album entitled "Flying High," in addition to the new live album "Live In Europe," currently available as a FREE mp3 download album CD on the band's website. Paul Collins' Beat have toured the world, playing with acts such as The Cure, The Jam (with Paul Weller), The Police (with Sting), Huey Lewis & The News, Joe Jackson and Eddie Money amongst many others. Paul Collins' Beat originally formed in 1977 and appeared on the Caddyshack motion picture soundtrack. The Beat changed their name to Paul Collins' Beat to avoid confusion when a British Ska Band (The English Beat) were at one point using the same moniker. Paul Collins and The Beat have released 10 albums worldwide and continue to tour the continents, concentrating primarily on USA, Europe, Japan and Mexico.

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