The Beat was founded by Paul Collins, who spent his pre-teens living in Greece, Vietnam and Europe before returning to his native New York. He studied at the prestigious Julliard Music School and eventually moved to San Francisco where he joined songwriter Jack Lee and bassist Peter Case to form The Nerves in 1974. The Nerves proved to be one of the pioneers of the burgeoning US punk rock scene, releasing their own 4 song EP which included the classic “Hanging on the Telephone,” later to become a hit for Blondie. Today Paul is getting ready to go into the studio with legendary producer Jim Diamond in his studio in Detroit for a summer release on Alive/Bomp Records!
After The Nerves disbanded, Collins moved to LA and formed The Beat in 1977 with bassist Steve Huff, drummer Mike Ruiz and lead guitarist Larry Whitman. By mid 1979, their friend Eddie Money recommended them for management to legendary concert promoter Bill Graham and The Beat toured with The Police, The Jam and Joe Jackson. They also made numerous TV appearances and recorded their debut self-titled album with producer Bruce Botnick (who had produced The Doors). The album featured Byrds-influenced guitars and catchy choruses, and defined the skinny-tied power pop which The Knack took to the charts. In the ’90s, The Beat re-formed as Paul Collins’ Beat and continues to write and tour.