The Beat – Tears Of A Clown (Top Of The Pops 1979)


In 1979, British ska/new wave band The Beat released a cover of the song as their debut single. The double A-side with “Ranking Full Stop” reached number 6 on the UK Singles Chart, making it the band’s third biggest hit. It was also certified silver in the UK by the BPI.

It wasn’t included on the original UK release of The Beat’s debut album, I Just Can’t Stop It, but was included on the US release and has been included on subsequent CD reissues of the album.


Credits are adapted from the liner notes for I Just Can’t Stop It.[23]