“But last night, I had to do two songs for a ‘Scooby-Doo
’ cartoon, and I’m absolutely exhausted,” he explained.
“This was my first opportunity to do anything for television as a gun for hire, and I actually managed to record and mix two songs in 12 hours. It was like running at double speed with no brakes, but it was exciting, and Warner Bros. really loved them.”
The tunes, featured in a ghoulish battle-of-the-bands episode, tap into the two-tone, ska-punk vein that’s been the Brit’s specialty since forming the Beat (re-christened the English Beat in the U.S.) in 1978 in Birmingham. In the show, the contest pits a zombie ska band versus recurring combo the Hex Girls.
“So the zombies have a song called ‘You’re Dead Right, Mate,’ and the Hex Girls have one called ‘We’re the Good Bad Girls,’ which has a definite Ramones-Runaways vibe to it,” says Wakeling. “But frankly, I’m really happy I did it, because I’ve always loved ‘Scooby-Doo.’”
Read more at the San Francisco Examiner: Wakeling takes English Beat break with Scooby-Doo | Tom Lanham | Music | San Francisco Examiner
Here's a picture of Dave Wakeling at that 12 hour Mystery, Inc recording session.
Marco On The Bass: Dave Wakeling of The English Beat Records Two Songs For An Episode Of Scooby Doo!!