Rock icon/cult favorite Paul Collins got his start in 1974 when his
band The Nerves toured with The Ramones and recorded a song called “Hanging On
The Telephone.” The song would later become a hit for Blondie. Paul Collins formed The Beat in 1977, a high energy rock group signed
to CBS records. Every fan of power pop knows and loves their hit "Don't Wait Up
For Me." The Beat toured with The Police, The Jam and Joe
Jackson. The album featured Beatles and Byrds-influenced guitars and catchy
choruses, defining the skinny-tied power pop which The Knack took to the charts.
In the ’90s, The Beat became Paul Collins’ Beat when a ska band from UK used The
Beat as their moniker. Paul Collins set out on a solo career,
recording the self-titled "Paul Collins" album in 1992. The Beat
re-formed as Paul Collins’ Beat and continues to write and tour.