Socialist Reggae?

Discussion in 'music, bands, clubs & festies' started by phildwyer, Jan 20, 2006.

  1. scalyboy

    scalyboy Left them to time

    Ever since you posted this up porno I've been playing it over and over. I love it - but the lyric is so desperate and despairing, that it has almost had me in tears at times. Realisation that the privatising-free market-paedo-cover-up-dismantle-the-NHS-millionaire-multinational bastards are getting away with it, and all the ordinary person can do is register their protest.

    It's extra powerful, I think, cos it pairs a depressing, depairing lyric with a lovely upful riddim, something which reggae does rather effectively at times, for example, Heptones' 'Poverty in the Ghetto.'
     
  2. porno thieving gypsy

    porno thieving gypsy Bustin' out R.I.P.

    It is a fantastic song and I think you have nailed it in describing why it works so well. There are plenty of Reggae songs in that style that I get almost obsessive about, yet never grow bored of hearing them.

    :)
     
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  3. scalyboy

    scalyboy Left them to time

    That's a beauty phil :thumbs:
     
  4. scalyboy

    scalyboy Left them to time

    Your third link works for me krink, am listening to it right now, good selection this, interesting mix of old and new tunes :)
     
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  5. krink

    krink I'll do it this afternoon

    glad one of them worked! i will try to add the latest posts if they're on spotify.
     
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  6. phildwyer

    phildwyer Gorau arf arf dysg

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    Innit. Music from a more hopeful era. Jamaicans often say that they never realized what they had in Michael Manley. I think they're right.
     
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  7. butchersapron

    butchersapron blood on the walls

    I knows this was posted yonks ago, but it just made a sick elderly german neighbour very happy. Socialism has power!
     
  8. butchersapron

    butchersapron blood on the walls

    Incidentally, if any knows where i can get the killer LP this is from for £2.99 give us a shout please. Not so worried about the tight trews mind.

     
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  9. ska invita

    ska invita back on the other side

    you have expensive tastes - looks like a rarity - asking for £100 on ebay http://www.ebay.co.uk/itm/LP-DERRICK-MORGAN-PEOPLE-DECISION-THIRD-WORLD-/231052463729

    Incidentally Peoples CHoice looks to be a follow up to the earlier and also rare House wife CHoice!
    [​IMG]
     
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  10. ringo

    ringo Macaroni cheese controller

    The People's Decision LP usually goes for between £35 - £50, but I've never seen a copy :(
     
  11. butchersapron

    butchersapron blood on the walls

    Wonder how many they printed up.
     
  12. ringo

    ringo Macaroni cheese controller

    Beat me to it ska. Some chancer doubling the price for buy it now on Ebay :mad:

    House Wife Choice is a favourite LP title, inspired :D

    Some of Morgan's 70's roots singles are much more affordable than the LPs, but I don't think this one ever got a release on 45.
     
  13. ringo

    ringo Macaroni cheese controller

    Nice bit of variety in the subject matter covered by that LP :D

    People's Decision
    Racing At Ballistic Park
    Let's Build A Better Jamaica
    Judge Heavy Manners
    Natty Dread Forward Out Of Babylon
    Let Me Go Girl
    My Dickie
    Ride Mammy Fanny
    Rough Grinder
    Wreck A Fanny
    Ital Man
    In The Public's Interest
     
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  14. butchersapron

    butchersapron blood on the walls

    Bit of variety :D
     
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  15. ska invita

    ska invita back on the other side

    a man of the world :D
     
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  16. ringo

    ringo Macaroni cheese controller

    Bet it never got past the first press. Morgan was old news by then. His cultural songs are pretty good, but still trying to put those bawdy numbers across Bunny Lee rockers/flyers rhythms with Tubby at the desk must have been seriously at odds with the heavy rasta vibe popular at the time.
     
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  17. ska invita

    ska invita back on the other side

    yeah i didnt ever realise he did any rootsy material
     
  18. ringo

    ringo Macaroni cheese controller

    I've got Under Heavy Manners on 7" from that LP, it's pretty good and fits the thread:



    I also have a very similar, and better imo, early roots style tune he also did for Bunny Lee in 1972:

    Bring In The Guns:

     
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  19. butchersapron

    butchersapron blood on the walls

    That's what i like about it - it's the benny hill/garvey vibe.
     
  20. ringo

    ringo Macaroni cheese controller

    How did it never catch on? :D
     
  21. butchersapron

    butchersapron blood on the walls

    He's looking well Lennox on that that cover isn't he?
     
  22. ska invita

    ska invita back on the other side

    Jah would never give the power to a baldhead...pat pat pat
    [​IMG]
     
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  23. Fozzie Bear

    Fozzie Bear Well-Known Member

    Brand new, catchy, made me get a bit emotional when walking past the Bank of England this morning.

     
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  24. butchersapron

    butchersapron blood on the walls

    Loved the rhyming of pound of flesh and your nhs there.
     
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  25. Libertad

    Libertad Would it help?

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  26. ska invita

    ska invita back on the other side

    Raise Your Glass Fi Di Working Class
     
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  27. Fozzie Bear

    Fozzie Bear Well-Known Member

    Tune, ska invita

    Rodigan's been playing it, but not seen anywhere else... til now!
     
  28. killer b

    killer b Nostrofuckingdamus

    Oh, love it. Is that a hopeton lewis tribute, or just a coincidence?
     
  29. Fozzie Bear

    Fozzie Bear Well-Known Member

    Same riddim but recorded a while ago I think. YouTube says it was released end of August, so a nice coincidental tribute. :)
     
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  30. poului

    poului a bit overrated

    Just out of curiosity or possibly lulz, is there any ostensibly neoliberal reggae?
     

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