Category Archives: Ska

City Beat, “It’s Not Up To You” (N.Y. Beat, Hit & Run) – 1986

City Beat

City Beat

City Beat

City Beat

Publisher: Moon Records

Publication Year: 1986

Catalog Number: Toast – 09/10

Format: 12 inch LP, 33 1/3 rpm

Track #5 from the first compilation of American Ska music, an LP which helped usher in the 3rd wave of Ska.

City Beat was founded and fronted by Gopal Varadhan, who went on to work as an engineer on G.G. Allin’s album, “Hated in The Nation”. Varadhan also earned a degree in mathematics from NYU and became a successful trader on Wall Street. In August of 2001 he was hired by the firm Cantor Fitzgerald as managing director of interest rate derivatives. His life was cut short one month later when he became trapped on the 105th floor of the World Trade Center during the attacks of September 11th.

Story South – Gopal Varadhan

Marco on the Bass – N.Y. Beat