The English Beat peppered their two-hour-plus show with
comments about the ’80s at Johnny D’s Tuesday night, but you wouldn’t call what
they had to say about Margaret Thatcher nostalgic, exactly, though references to
Boston’s late Channel nightclub were. And it was a Channel crowd — both age-wise and in
alcohol consumption (a friend said that a waitress had commented, “It’s like
New Year’s Eve in here”).