Smile Jamaica Ark-Ives (Stream + Playlist): Jah-tober 18, 2014: The Undead are Not Ital!

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What about Building 7?

Greetings,

<Smile Jamaica Ark-Ives Loves Jah-loween! 8 sec.>

Jump straight to the Ark-Ive Stream

Smile Jamaica Radio Ark-Ives; Jah-tober 18, 2014: KRCL 90.9FM SLC, Utah; Robert Nelson, host by Bobbylon on Mixcloud

Here is what I played on the Smile Jamaica Ark-Ives: Jah-tober 18, 2014:

<Smile Jamaica Ark-Ive: Jah-tober 18, 2014: 71 sec.>

Smile Jamaica Jah-loween Jah-mboree: Sat. Oct. 25, 2014; 4-7 PM. 90.9FM krcl.org

<All tricks, no treats; 15 sec.>

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Smile Jamaica 20+ Jah-loween Jah-mboree: Sat. Oct. 25; 4-7 PM. 90.9FM krcl.org. The Undead are most certainly not Ital!

<Wolfman Jack; 13 sec.>

High-lights of this week:

  • Jah-loween Cauldron of Wickness: preview to next Saturday’s Jah-loween Jah-mboree; 3 hours of the Ranking Dreads vs. the Living Dead!
  • Dub Album of the Week: Augustus Pablo – East of the River Nile. Classic far east melodica sound ’78
  • Livicated to Peter Tosh: Oct. 19, 1944: story of his revenge against A-sad-ica. Because there is nothing “merry” about America for the poor man. 24 sec.
  • Roots Dawtas: Mutant dubstresses: Hollie Cook, Ranking Ann, Sevendub, Grace Jones
  • Seven Leaf: GT Moore mutant dub, Sugar Minott
  • Wailers Family Tree: dubble dose of Tosh, Marley last live show, Bunny Rule Dance Hall. Pato Banton pays tribute to Tosh
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3 hours of Jah-loween and spooky soundbites “Chopped” up in my Secret Dubratory

Smile Jamaica Annotated Playlist: Jah-tober 18, 2014: photos, captions & soundbytes 

*Jah-loween tune: 16 of 34 tunes (47%)

Set 1:

  • Cultural Roots – Devil-Ites; Drift Away From Evil (Revolutionary Sounds) ’82 JA vinyl*
  • Augustus Pablo – Chant to King Selassie I; East of the River Nile (Shanachie); Dub Album of the Week ‘78
  • Desmond Dekker – Reggae Recipe; Original Hit Sounds (Trojan); best of Rock Steady
  • Hollie Cook – Postman; Twice (Mr. Bongo) 2014 UK Mutant Dubstress

<Hollie Cook – Twice: Smile Jamaica’s #1 Release of 2014; 21 sec.>

  • Beats International – Echo Chamber; Excursion on the Version (London) ’91 Norman Cook group
  • GT Moore – Herb of Africa; 12” (Jah Works) 4:20 Cannabis Service Announcement; 2009 UK mutant dub

<Smile Jamaica’s Red Eye Politics Predictions; 4 down, 46 to go!; 44 sec.>

  • Pato Banton – Hello Tosh; Never Give In (Primitive Man) ‘88
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2 down, 48 to go! Smile Jamaica Predicts: Jah-laska, Jah-regon, Guam, DC, Nov. 2014 election

Set 2: Livicated to Peter Tosh; Oct. 19, 1944

<Peter Tosh crashes the market from beyond the grave! 34 sec.>

  • Peter Tosh – Day the Dollar Died; Mystic Man (EMI America) ’79: Happy Birthday, Stepping Razor: Oct. 19, 1944; 9 sec.
  • Ranking Ann – Love on a Mountain Top; Slice of English Toast (Ariwa) ’82 Mad Prof singjay
  • Englishman – Vampiar; Turning Point (Mighty Roots) ’95 DC bassie*

<Vampiar’s sucking the blood of the Ragamuffins; 8 sec.>

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Tosh Unholy Trinity of Jah-loween Tunes: Dracula, Vampire, Mark of the Beast

Set 3:

  • Bob Marley & the Wailers – Is This Love; Live Forever (Tuff Gong) 9/23/80; Pittsburgh, Jah-sylvania
  • Sugar Minott – International Herb; 12” (Hamma) ’83 herbtune
  • Sevendub – Untitled Tribute (Peace Dove Mix); Dub Club Edition: Rock With Me Sessions (Collision); 2006 mutant dub female vox
  • Keith Hudson – Darkest Night; Flesh of My Skin, Blood of My Blood (Atra) ‘75*

<Blacula; 59 sec.>

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“Hold di candle, take off your bangle, turn your neck pon di right angle. (Blackula) is the best in all di business. He’ll chew your neck like Wrigley’s”… Lone Ranger

Set 4:

  • Bunny Wailer – Reggae in the U.S.A.; Rule Dance Hall (Shanachie) ‘86
  • Zema – Joy in the Morning; Black Sheep (Melchizedek); female artist out of Los Jah-ngeles
  • Noah House of Dread – Don’t Let The Devil Hold You Back; Heart 2 (ON U Sound) ’88*

<The Thing With Two Heads; 55 sec.>

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“I’ll give you some head…and shoulders to cry on”…Debbie Harry, Blondie

Set 5: Jah-loween Vinyl is V-Ital Set:

<Vinyl Evyl; 95 sec.>

  • The Gladiators – Duppy Conqueror; The Gladiators (Virgin) ’80 UK; Vinyl is Vital Jah-loween set. Marley cover. Duppy = Jamaican Ghost*

<Jamaican Supernatural: Obeah (Black Magic), Duppy (Ghost); 33 sec.>

  • Lone Ranger – Frankenstine (sic); Barnabas in Collins Wood (GG Hit) ’79 JA*
  • Donovan – Evil Eyes; World Power (Mango) ’88 US*
  • Clint Eastwood & General Saint – Two Bad D.J.; 12” (Greensleeves); ’81 UK Two bad duppy*
  • Don Carlos – Satan Control Them; Deeply Concerned (RAS) ’88 US*
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Jamaican ghosts captured by goat’s meat and rice in the boneyard. 10,,000 undead

<Scream Blacula Scream; 55 sec.>

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My teeth in your neck, baby!

Set 6: 

  • Peter Tosh – Four Hundred Years; One Love Peace Concert (Pressure Sounds); Kingston JA: 4/22/78
  • Grace Jones – Devil in My Life; Hurricane (Bloodlight) 2011 Rocker does Mutant Dub*

<Cackle mi a cackle; 34 sec.>

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“Dubble, dubble, toil and trouble. Makes the needle pon di record go wobble, wobble”

Set 7: Jamaican Jukebox 7″ 45 vinyl set

<Pour some milk pon dem Rice Crispies! 9 sec.>

  • Jimmy Cliff – Midnight Rockers; 7” (Oneness)
  • Errol Dunkley – Train to Zion; 7” (Topco) ‘75
  • Donovan Carless – Be Thankful (For What You Got); 7” (Giant); William de Vaughn soul cover
  • Keble Drummond – Keep on Dancing; 7” (Mummy)
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Roll a lickle spliff wif di papyrus!

Set 8: Mutant Dub Jah-loween vs. Orson Welles War of the Worlds

<Mutant Dub bass and echo torture chamber; 14 sec.>

<Mutant Dub Jah-loween Stylee! 35 sec.>

  • Abassi All Stars – Humble Lion; Dub Showcase (Universal Egg)  2007 UK; Duppies and Zombies
  • Gorillaz – Dracula;  Gorillaz (Virgin)  2001 UK*
  • Tino – Bats in My Belfry Dub; Tino’s Breaks 6: Hallowe’en Dub (Tino’s) 2002*
  • Dubblestandart feat. Elephant Man – Vampire Informer; Marijuana Dreams (Collision) 2010 Jah-many*
  • Omar Perry – The Ghostmakers; Can’t Stop Us (Makasound) 2009 Fr.*
  • Finley Quaye – Mash Up Lucifer/Stone the Devil; CD Single (Maverick) ; ’97 UK*
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Don’t show I your teeth, your plastic smile nah work…Michael Rose & Black Uhuru

Smile Jamaica Radio Ark-Ives; Jah-tober 18, 2014: KRCL 90.9FM SLC, Utah; Robert Nelson, host by Bobbylon on Mixcloud

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Smile Jamaica Livicated to Peter Tosh: Oct. 19, 1944

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Winston Hubert McIntosh; Oct. 19, 1944-Sept. 11, 1987 on guitar and baritone vox in Jah’s Heavenly Choir

Greetings,

Smile Jamaica pays tribute to the man who put the militant wrath to Roots Reggae. Peter Tosh born Oct. 19, 1944.

Let us honor him by spinning his music today pon your Hi Fi. Vinyl Preferred

<Smile Jamaica Peter Tosh Listening Day; Oct. 19; 23 sec.>

Huge huge influence on me. Not just for Reggae Music but my personal politics. Tosh did not do “Lesser of Two Evils”. 

He defined support for the Seven Leaf with Legalize It. No pussy footin’

<Peter live in the studio: Don’t Wanna Get Busted; 2 min 26 sec.>

 Here are my personal Tributes in the form of Reggae History Lesson vox files from the Smile Jamaica Ark-Ive Podcasts.

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Everyone wants to go to heaven, but nobody wants to die…Peter Tosh

bless, robt

No. 1: Tosh History Lesson: Oct.. 18, 2014

Peter was murdered in terrible circumstances on the eerie foreshadowed date of Sept. 11, 1987.

From Wikipedia:

On 11 September 1987, just after Tosh had returned to his home in Jamaica, a three-man gang came to his house demanding money.[13] Tosh replied that he did not have any with him but the gang did not believe him. They stayed at his residence for several hours and tortured him in an attempt to extort money from Tosh. During this time, Tosh’s associates came to his house to greet him because of his return to Jamaica. As people arrived, the gunmen became more and more frustrated, especially the chief thug, Dennis “Leppo” Lobban, a man whom Tosh had previously befriended and tried to help find work after a long jail sentence.[13] Tosh said he did not have any money in the house, after which Lobban put a gun to Tosh’s head and shot once, killing him. The other gunmen began shooting, wounding several other people and also killing disc jockeys Doc Brown and Jeff “Free I” Dixon. Leppo surrendered to the authorities. He was sentenced to death, but his sentence was commuted in 1995 and he remains in jail. The other two gunmen were never identified by name.[14]

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Many rumors about why and who killed The Bush Doctor….

I remember how I found out about this tragedy. My sister was in SLC and I went to pick her up at the airport. I pick up a newspaper and at the top of Page 2: “Reggae star murdered in Jamaica”

F-Bomb! I had just bought his album, No Nuclear War, and expected I would get to see him on tour to promote it. Nope.

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Was looking forward to a 1988 American Tour to support this album that came out Sept. 1987, within days of his murder

Ah, but the story doesn’t end there. 38 days later, on Peter’s birthday, Oct. 19th, 1987 the Stock Market suffered the greatest crash since The Great Depression in 1929.

Wikipedia:

Black Monday refers to Monday, October 19, 1987, when stock markets around the world crashed, shedding a huge value in a very short time. The crash began in Hong Kong and spread west to Europe, hitting the United States after other markets had already declined by a significant margin. The Dow Jones Industrial Average (DJIA) dropped by 508 points to 1738.74 (22.61%).

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Black Monday? More like Peter Tosh’s Hairy Eyeball

I like to think that Peter Tosh got in his licks from beyond this world. Praise Jah, his birthday fell on a Sunday this year. Because the conditions are ripe for another crash.

De-dollarization is what Ukraine is really about. Russia doesn’t want to sell energy in the reserve currency: dollars. They will accept rubles, yuan (Chinese currency) or gold. Tosh predicted this with his tune The Day the Dollar Died.

<Peter Tosh: Livicated to his legacy, prophecy and his supernatural powers; 1 min 55>

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Dollar or green toilet paper?

No 2 Peter Toshisms. Peter had a unique lexicon of word mashups that twisted convention into cynical reality. Here are a few off the top of my head:

  1. “No such thing as a diatribe, I preach livatribes”
  2. “The Crime Ministers who shit in the House of Represent-A-T’ief”.
  • America – A-sad-ica; because there is nothing “merry” about America
  • <Toshism: America = A-sad-ica>
  • Edward Seaga – head of right wing Jamaican Labour Party – Edward CIA-ga
  • House of Representatives – House of Represent a Thief
  • Poltics = Politricks
  • Prime Minster – Crime Minsister
  • System – Shitstem
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Militant dread in full kuffiyeh

 No. 3: Reggae History Lesson: Peter Tosh pays a steep price for “Legalize It, I will advertise it” at the One Love Peace Concert

From Wikipedia:

The One Love Peace Concert was a large concert held on April 22, 1978 at The National Stadium in KingstonJamaica.

This concert was held during a political civil war in Jamaica between opposing parties Jamaican Labour Party and the People’s National Party. The concert came to its peak during Bob Marley & The Wailers‘ performance of “Jammin'”, when Marley joined the hands of political rivals Michael Manley (PNP) and Edward Seaga (JLP)

The One Love Peace Concert brought together 16 of Reggae’s biggest acts, and was dubbed by the media as the “Third World Woodstock”, “Bob Marley plays for Peace” and simply, “Bob Marley Is Back.” The concert attracted more than 32,000 spectators with the proceeds of the show going towards “much needed sanitary facilities and housing for the sufferahs in West Kinston.” The concert was kicked off at exactly 5:00 PM with a message from Asfa Wossen, the crown prince of Ethiopia, praising the concert organizers’ efforts to restore peace in Jamaica. This introduction to the event is important in illustrating the growing prevalence of the Rastafari movement in everyday Jamaican culture. The concert was divided into two halves, with the first half devoted to showcasing some of Reggae’s newer talent, and the second half devoted to the more established artists.

Tosh harangued the audience from the stage. Taunting the cops and poltrixters on legalizing herb and supporting colonial states like Rhodesia and South Africa. The cops caught up to him later and beat him nearly to death.

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One Love Peace Concert movie: Bob, Peter, Jacob Miller, Dennis Brown and more; Apr. 22, 1978

Here is my take on the story:

Here is Peter himself telling the story:

 

Smile Jamaica Preview: Jah-tober 18, 2014: Jah-loween Sundown Soon Come!

 

 

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Smile Jamaica 20+ Jah-loween Jah-mboree! Sat. Sept. 25, 2014; 4 to 7 Mtn. krcl.org. 90.9FM Afternoon of the Living Dread!

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Greetings,

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Even year magic. Kansas City will feel no pity from Bruce Bochy who is well Nitty ‘n’ Gritty! GO GIANTS!

Smile Jamaica live every Saturday 4-7 PM Mtn. Time:

  • 90.9FM in Utah
  • Stream:  Tune In Radio
  • Ark-Ive. Here on Smile Jamaica blog; without commercial interruptions
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<Smile Jamaica 20+ years of Jah-loween; 60 sec.>

Here are the High-lights of today’s Smile Jamaica Ark-Ive

Your station that rules the nation….

<Don’t touch that dial!>

Peter Tosh Birthday tomorrow. Oct. 19, 1944 marks the birth of Peter Tosh (born Winston Hubert McIntosh).

He was murdered….wait for it…. Sept. 11, 1987. I’m going to tell you a story about how Peter crashed the stock market on the anniversary of his Oct. birthday 5 weeks after his murder. Then we’ll hear him prophesize about it in The Day the Dollar Died. What about WTC Building 7?

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Peter Tosh prophecy: The Day the Dollar Died. Russia and China are in process of that very notion. Nelstradamus told you!

<Zombies love the Roots ‘n’ Dubbers; 17 sec.>

Next week is Jah-loween Show. Twenty plus years of ghosts, vampires, witches and zombies. I’ll tell you why I do it 6 days early instead of one day late. (Halloween is Friday this year). Last week I played about 44% of the show. Nuff Jah-loween tunes this week as well! Pick up your cross and follow me! Lee “Scratch” Perry

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All treats no tricks! Gorillaza have a dubble dose of Jah-loween on Smile Jamaica

<Vincent Price: Abominable Dr. Phibes; 14 sec.>

  • Roots Dawtas: Mutant Dubstresses: Sevendub, Ranking Ann, Grace Jones, Zema, Hollie Cook
  • 4:20 Seven Leaf: Vinyl mystierioso!

<Big Youth: Don’t get stoned pon mi tombstone! 9 sec.>

  • Disco Mix: Extended mix Vinyl
  • Vinyl is Vital: Jah-loween with spooky soundbytes (half-way point)
  • Jamaican Jukebox: 7″ 45 vinyl rarities obscurities
  • Mutant Dub: More Jah-loween plus Orson Welles War of the Worlds (last half hour)
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Do not scoff like mi bredrin Aqua Boy: Ronald Reagan and Nestradamus tried to warn you!

<Orson Welles War of the Worlds. Soon come fi real! UFO-ria for sure-ya!; 90 sec.>

bless/curse, robt

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  • 90.9FM in Utah
  • Stream:  Tune In Radio
  • Ark-Ive. Here on Smile Jamaica blog; without commercial interruptions
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“Vncent Price: Can you dig it!>

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Can you dig it? Pon the Smile Jamaica Ark-Ives DVD Player this Jah-loween Season. Vincent Price unleashes plagues of Biblical proportions against the Hospital Staff who killed his wife in surgery. That is not covered under Obamacare!

Smile Jamaica Ark-Ives (Stream + Playlist): Jah-tober 11, 2014: Jah-loween Season of the Witch, Bitches!

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Tombstone Skanking. Juggling wax in da Boneyard!

Greetings,

<Greetings: This week on Smile Jamaica: 55 sec. intro>

Jump straight to the Smile Jamaica Ark-Ive Jah-tober 11, 2014: Stream. Below is the Annotated Playlist with photos and captions and soundbites

Smile Jamaica Radio Ark-Ives; Jah-tober 11, 2014: KRCL 90.9FM SLC, Utah; Robert Nelson, host by Bobbylon on Mixcloud

  • Reggae History Lessons: Robert Palmer Meets Scratch; When Doves Cry; Hooters Reggae, Jamaican minorities in the music business
  • Tributes: Malala Yousafzai Nobel Peace Prize Winner, Primal Scream
  • Fire and Brimstone: France’s war on the Seven Leaf

Back from two weeks of Radiothon: raising cash to keep Smile Jamaica commercial free. No Walmart for I ‘n’ I. Selah!

Getting into the Halloween, I mean Jah-loween, uh…spirit!  The Island of Jamaica. Out of many one is the national motto.

Much like I have in excess of 800 4/20 Seven Leaf Reggae and Dub jams, I probably have 666 or so Reggae Jah-loween gems.

Superstition plus the evil metaphor of the living dead sucking the blood of the righteous, makes Reggae well attuned to the undead or Un-Dread.

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Michael Rose of Black Uhuru: “I n I are the Living Dread Inna dis ya Dawn of the Living Dead!”

Black African folk tradition plus British concepts of spooks and spirits. Immigrant communities from Syria, India, China add their traditions of the Evil Eye into the stew.

Plenty of Reggae tunes devoted to witches, vampires, ghouls/duppies, zombies, mummies, werewolves and other assorted witchcraft and soul theft.

<Smile Jamaica Ark-Ive Jah-tober 11, 2014: Jah-loween inna Rub a Dub Style; 14 sec.>

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Sound System of the Living Dead

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Here is the Annotated Playlist for the Smile Jamaica Ark-Ive; Jah-tober 11, 2014

*Jah-loween Tune: (15 of 34 = 44.1% of 3 hours). Bootiful!

Set 1: 

  • Chalice – Back Way Evil Forces; Stand Up! (CSA) ’85 UK vinyl*
  • Delixx – Coming in From the Cold; Uprising in Dub (Weston) ’80; Dub Album of the Week; Marley album dubwize
  • Bunny Wailer – Jolly Session; Rule Dance Hall (Shanachie) ‘86
  • Aswad – Back to Africa; BBC Sessions (Strange Fruit); John Peel Radio Show: Aug.8 , 1976
  • Weeding Dub feat. Humble-I – Sounds of Reality; 10” (Control Tower) 2009 Fr. Mutant dub 4:20 Cannabis Service Announcement; 41 sec.

Don’t partake of the Seven Leaf in France:

The French law on drug use is severe: every use, no matter the circumstances, is liable to penalty. The maximum penalties for cannabis use are a sentence from two months up to a year and/or a fine from 500 Euros to 25,000 Euros. ($636 – $31,815)

France War on Decriminalization Lobby.

In what would be one of the more aberrant recent decisions of the French justice system, two pro-pot activists risk spending a year in jail for wearing T-shirts emblazoned with a picture of a cannabis leaf. 

A zealous public prosecutor this week demanded 12-month prison terms for Jean-Pierre Galland, president of the Cannabis Information and Research Collective, and Laurence Duffy, head of the campaign group’s Lyon branch, for contravening article 630 of the French public health regulations. 

The law bans French citizens from “portraying in a favourable light and promoting or inciting the consumption of any product classed as a banned substance”. The pair are also accused of selling CDs bearing the deeply suspect title of “A little piece of hemp music”.

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This shirt could get you a year in jail in France. Liberte, Egalite, Fraternite….Bullshit all the way!

Set 2:

  • Aisha – Evil Spirits; High Priestess (Ariwa) ’88 female; Mad Prof. prod’n*
  • Culture – We Deh Yah Still; Lion Rock (Heartbeat) ‘88
  • 4th Street Orchestra – One Life to Live; (Scientific) Higher Ranking Dubb (Rama) ’77 UK, Dennis Bovell
  • Junior X – Legalize It; 7” (Dollar Production); Tosh cover; Request
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Smile Jamaica Ark-Ives: One of the earliest and still most beloved female Roots Reggae offering in the Ark-Ives

Set 3: Rockers do Reggae

  • Robert Palmer – Love Can Run Faster; From the Heart of the Congo (RUNNetherlands) ’78; Lee Perry prod’n

<Love Can Run Faster; 29 sec.>

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Lee “Scratch” Perry Black Ark gem
  • Primal Scream – Higher Than the Sun (A Dub Symphony in Two Parts); Screamadelica (Sire) ’91 UK
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Mutant Du b Pioneers

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 <Primal Scream: Jurassie Era Mutant Dub; 20 sec.>

  • Denver Dub Collective – When Doves Cry; Purple Rain (Denver Dub) 2009; Collie-rado

<Bass free: Prince “When Dubs Cry”; 30 sec.>

When Doves Cry – wiki

Prince wrote and composed “When Doves Cry” after all the other tracks on Purple Rain were complete. In addition to vocals, he played all instruments on the track. The song’s texture is remarkably stark. There is no bass line, which is very unusual for a dance song; Prince has said that there originally was a bass line, but decided, after a conversation with singer Jill Jones, that the song was too conventional with it intact.[4] During live performances of the song on the Purple Rain Tour, Brown Mark, Prince’s then-bass player, added bass lines in this song and other songs without a bass line.

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Out of Denver, Collie-rado. Prince’s original was bass free. WTF?
  • The Hooters – All You Zombies; Nervous Night (CBS) ‘85*

The Hooters wiki

The Hooters were formed in 1980 and played their first show on July 4 of that year. They took their name from a nickname for the melodica,[1] a type of keyboard harmonica which is German in origin and created by Hohner after a friend of Eric Bazilian lent Rob Hyman a Hohner model Piano-36 which was used on their recordings and never returned to the friend.[That same year, Bazilian and Hyman were asked to write, arrange and perform on the debut album of a relatively unknown singer named Cyndi LauperShe’s So Unusual, which was being produced by their former producer and friend, Rick Chertoff. Hyman co-wrote the song “Time After Time” (and also performed the distinctive harmony vocals during the chorus), which would go on to hit Number 1 on the Billboard Hot 100 Singles Chart and was subsequently nominated for a Grammy Award for Song of the Year.

<Unholy Trinity: Rockers, Reggae, Jah-loween; 63 sec.>

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Rock Reggae Jah-loween: The Hooters. From their trademark melodica. Fans of Augustus Pablo?

Set 4:

  • Marcia Griffiths – Peaceful Woman; Steppin’ (Shanachie) ’79; livicated to Nobel Peace Prize Winner Malala Yousafzai

<Livicated to Nobel Peace Prize Winner and Top Rank Roots Dawta: Malala Yousafzai; 44 sec.>

<Reggae Prophecy: Marcia’s Peaceful Woman for Malala’s Nobel Peace Prize; 27 sec.>

  • Capital Letters – Smoking My Ganja (Rootical Re-rub); 12” EP (Reggae Archives); herbtune remix
  • The Teacher – Soul Vibration; Aquarius Rock (Pressure Sounds); Herman Chin-Loy, Chinese Jamaican producer

<Reggae History Lesson: Chinese, Syrian/Lebanese, Jews in the Jamaican music industry; 18 sec.>

  • Don Carlos – Night Rider (In Danger); Deeply Concerned (RAS) ’87*
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Which of these two Nobel Peace Prize Winners has bombed 8 Muslim nations?

Set 5: Vinyl is V-Ital. All Jah-loween

  • Clint Eastwood & General Saint – Talk About Run; Two Bad D.J. (Greensleeves) ’81 UK: Ghosts in the Graveyard*

<Making out in the Graveyard; 68 sec.>

  • Prince Alla – Evil Forces; Evil forces (Calabash); ’84 Opa-Locka, FL*
  • Dennis Brown – Spellbound; Spellbound (Joe Gibbs) ’80 Miami, FL*
  • Amp-Ech; Living Dead + Version; Against Injustice (Amp-Ech) JA*
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I ain’t afraid of no ghost!

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Set 6: 

  • Bob Marley & the Wailers – Could You Be Loved; Live Forever (Tuff Gong); 9/23/80: Pittsburgh, Jah-sylvania. Last live show
  • The Selecter – James Bond Theme; Too Much Pressure (Chrysalis) ’80 2 Tone ska homage to Neoliberal Hitman
  • Fab 5 – Ooh! Aah!; Countryman Soundtrack (Mango) ‘82
  • Keith Hudson – Satan Side; Rebel Music (Trojan)*
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The spooky sound of Keith Hudson

Set 7:

  • Peter Tosh – Igziabeher (Let Jah Be Praised); One Love Peace Concert (Pressure Sounds) 4/22/78 in Kingston
  • Hollie Cook – Desdemona; Twice (Mr. Bongo) 2014 mutant dubstress*

Hollie Cook wiki

<Hollie Cook: Mutant Dubstress: Daughter of Sex Pistol Paul Cook; 25 sec.>

  • Bunny Wailer – Reincarnated Souls; Blackheart Man (Mango) ‘76*
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“Tek-ya the Blackheart Man, children I say, don’t go near him For even lions fear him”

Set 8: Mutant Dub

<Mutant Dub Jah-loween = Dubloween; 35 sec.>

  • Allan Pallay – Demonic Forces; Wild Paarty Sounds vol. 1 (Cherry Red) ’81 UK*
  • Zion Train – Dance of Life; Homegrown Fantasy (China) ’95 with female vox
  • Heavyweight Dub Champion – Exorcism; Rise of the Champion Nation (Champion Nation) 2009, Collie-rado*
  • Brain Damage feat. Parvez – Sufferation; Brain Damage; Brain Damage Meets Vibronics (Hammerbass)  2013 

<Song about colonials fighting for France and Britain in WWI and WW II: Cannon fodder; 10 sec.>

  • Tino – Vampire Circus Dub; Tino’s Breaks vol. 6 (Hallowe’en Dub) (Tino Corp.) 2002*
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Smile Jamaica Jah-loween Extravaganza: Sat. Oct. 25, 2014 (4-7 PM). All treats, no tricks!

Smile Jamaica Radio Ark-Ives; Jah-tober 11, 2014: KRCL 90.9FM SLC, Utah; Robert Nelson, host by Bobbylon on Mixcloud

Smile Jamaica Preview: Jah-tober 11, 2014: Jah-loween Season of the Witch!

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Jah-loween. Nuff Reggae tunes about witches, vampires, ghouls, zombies, duppies, Frankenstein. “Pick up your Cross and follow me!” — Lee “Scratch” Perry

Smile Jamaica live every Saturday 4-7 PM Mtn. Time:

  • 90.9FM in Utah
  • Stream:  Tune In Radio
  • Ark-Ive. Here on Smile Jamaica blog; without commercial interruptions
  • Twitter: SmileJ_KRCL for live alert and stream upload/blog posts

Greetings,

Give thanks and Praise for those of you who made a pledge to Smile Jamaica during KRCL’s recent Fall Fund Drive. The Reggae ‘n’ Dub massive pulled together 20,000 dollars for my 25 years and KRCL’s 35 years. Even held our own against the Ute football homecoming game. bless indeed!

Community/Public Radio is the last bastion of media that is for its listeners and not for advertisers. Always is a blessing to see an ethnic music program, Reggae: Smile Jamaica, holds it own against the rock and indie programs in planting that flag for  Saturday Afternoons devoted to Roots ‘n’ Dubwize. We – all together = have the skillz to pay the bills!

Six hours in the chair pleading for kasheesh. Now let’s get on with the tunes for the next six months.

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Sat. Jah-tober 25; 4-7 PM. Smile Jamaica’s 20+ Jah-loween Extravaganza. 3 hours of all kiiller spooky tunes and horror flick sound bytes. Boo-tiful!

I started the Smile Jamaica blog during the 20 Days of Jah-pril. Cannabis Service Month. That annual 4:20 blowout, with all the sound bytes segueing between the Cannabliss and Seven Leaf meditations, is probably my favorite show during the year.

For the same reasons, my co-favorite Smile Jamaica Ark-Ive show takes place on the last Saturday before Halloween. Same method to my madness as on or near 4/20. Take 35 or so songs devoted to Evil Forces and otherworldly spirits and stitch in sound bytes and clips from various Horror movies!

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We will be hearing a Reggae cover of this plus Vincent Prices’s sound interlude during Jah-tober Jah-loween on Smile Jamaica

Here is the High-lights for today’s show: Jah-tober 11, 2014 Ark-Ive

  • Dub Album of the Week: Delixx – Uprising in Dub (Micron) ’80. Trumpet instrumentals of Bob’s last album. So the music never has to stop!
  • Cannabis Service Announcements: Let’s see how many Seven Leaf Disco Mix 10″ and 12″s I’ve got in the crate this week.
  • Mutant Dub: Last half hour of UFO-ria
  • Rockers do Reggae: First Saturday tradition since last Sat. was Radiothon: Good and rare. Check it!
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Lee “Scratch” Perry rarity
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Dub re-imagination out of Denver, Collie-rado

 

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From the Ark-Ives. Mystery Rockers do Reggae inna Jah-loween Style. Cyndi Lauper connection, MTV staple, one hit wonders
  •  Roots Dawtas: Every generation: 70’s (Marcia G.); 80’s (Aisha), The Selecter; 90”s (Zion Train); 2010ers(?): Hollie Cook
  •  Wailers Family Tree: Bob in Pittsburgh 9/23/80: Last Live Performance; Tosh Live @ One Love Peace Concert (4/22/78); Bunny Wailer “Rule Dance Hall” ’87; Marcia Steppin’

Vinyl Is Vital – Whole Heap of Jah-loween! (Midway of 3 hours; 5:30 live)

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Lone Ranger’s Unholy Trinity of Jah-loween: Barnabas Collins – Soap Opera vampire. Annie Palmer (Jamaican witch). Frankenstine (sp.)

bless, robt

Smile Jamaica live every Saturday 4-7 PM Mtn. Time:

  • 90.9FM in Utah
  • Stream:  Tune In Radio
  • Ark-Ive. Here on Smile Jamaica blog; without commercial interruptions
  • Twitter: SmileJ_KRCL for live alert and stream upload/blog posts
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Dracula chew yer neck like Wrigley’s!

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Smile Jamaica Ark-Ives: Sept. 20, 2014 (Stream + Playlist); 25 Year Anniversary: Vinyl is Vital Edition

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Happy Anniversary to I ‘n’ I. 25 Years of Smile Jamaica Reggae Radio

<Smile Jamaica Radio Autobiography; 73 sec.>

Jump  straight to the Sept. 20th 2014 Smile Jamaica Ark-Ive: 33 songs for 25 Years.

Or read the story and look below for the Annotated Playlist

Greetings,

Aww, strolling down memory lane. 25 years every Saturday on Smile JamaicaAs the Ark-Ive grows, it just takes too long to cull from A to Z. All the Vinyl especially. I just reminisce too much on each album. Where I bought it, why I bought it. Are there herb tunes or Marley covers I forgot about? Halloween ditties or other oddities….and on and on and on.

So my methodology was to try my best to re-create a potential first episode. (I actually debuted first Saturday of KRCL’s Fall Radiothon). So I knew I would have to have a representative from at least a dozen or so of my original favorite artists….all on Black Wax. 50 Records where I get to juggle, consistently from show to show, between 32-35 selections over 3 hours.

I knew I had to feature these artists:

  1. Bob Marley
  2. Don Carlos
  3. Jimmy Cliff
  4. Burning Spear
  5. Lee Perry’s brooding Black Ark sound
  6. Roots Dawtas
  7. Seven Leaf
  8. UK artists
  9. Adrian Sherwood’s Mutant Dub ON U Sound label
  10. The Clash – discovered Reggae via UK punkers before Marley, Tosh and Bunny
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Everyone on the floor of my dorm at the U of U got to “enjoy” this album. Perhaps my all time favorite?

Plus songs that I absolutely loved in the 1986-1988 Era:

  • Culture – Calling Rastafari
  • UB40 female toaster V’s Version from the rare dubble disk UK version pared down to a single in the US – Baggariddim
  • Big Youth – Get On Up. Hardcore Reggae disco funk
  • Sister Frica – One in the Spirit: From Methodist Sunday School to Pablo’s “Far East” Jamaican sound
  • Arthur Louis – beautiful version with Eric Clapton of Knockin’ on Heaven’s Door

Below is the Annotated Playlist: Reggae History Lessons, Soundbites, Playlist, photos and captions.

On this Playlist, I search deep in my LONG term memory to try and remember where I would have purchased these Black Wax Vinyls; 1986-1988. Most of  these Record Stores are gone now, but back in the day it was a Vinyl Paradise. Lps were cheap to make way for these new gizmos called CDs.

Thanks for being a part of 25 years listening to Smile Jamaica. Forward ever, backwards never!

bless, robt

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25 Years of the Red Gold and Green. Give Thanx!

Smile Jamaica Radio Ark-Ives; Sept.20, 2014: KRCL 90.9FM SLC, Utah; Robert Nelson, host by Bobbylon on Mixcloud

Playlist: Smile Jamaica Ark-Ives: Sept. 20, 2014

Set 1: 25 Year All Vinyl Is Vital Showcase

  • Black Uhuru – Party Next Door; Anthem (Mango) ’84 US (Smokey’s Records, SLC)
  • Bullwackies All Stars – Recording Connection; Black World (Wackies) ’79 Dub Album of the Week; NYC
  • Bob Marley & the Wailers – Jah Live; Countryman Soundtrack (Mango) ’82 US (Cosmic Aeroplane, SLC); single recorded 1976

<Reggae History Lesson: Bob Marley: You cyaan (can’t) kill God! 25 sec.>

  • Rita Marley – Beauty of God’s Plan; Rita Marley (Trident) ’81 UK (Streetlight Records, SF)
  • Culture – Calling Rastafari; Calling Rastafari (Nighthawk)  ’82 Various Artist St. Louis, Jah-ssouri (Randy’s Records, SLC)

<Reggae History Lesson: US Record Labels slinging Reggae; 30 sec.>

  • Black Slate – Legalize Collie Herb + Legal Dub; Rasta Festival (Alligator) UK 4:20 Cannabis Service Announcement; ’81 Jah-cago blues label (Rasputin Records, Berkeley)
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T Shirt from Year 1 of the Smile Jamaica Ark-Ive (circa 1988). 1976 single written after Haile Selassie was overthrown as Emperor of Ethiopia and imprisoned by the Dergue (Ethiopian Communists)

Set 2:

  • Desmond Dekker – Big Headed; Compass Point (Stiff) ’81 UK (Streetlight Records, SF)
  • Junior Byles – Cally Weed; Rasta No Pickpocket (Nighthawk) ’86 herb tune; St. Louis, Jah-ssouri (label promo)
  • The Selecter – Bristol and Miami; Celebrate the Bullet (Chrysalis)  ’81 2 Tone Brit Ska; about riots in UK and FL (Mad Platter Records, SLC)
  • Don Carlos – Living in Harmony; Prophecy (Blue Moon/Magnum)  ’85 UK (RAS mail order, DC)
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Ferguson 2014. Miami 1980

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Set 3:

  • The Congos – Children Crying; Heart of the Congos (Congo Ashanty)  ’77 JA; Lee Perry/Black Ark/Upsetters (RAS mail order)
  • Big Youth – Get On Up; Rock Holy (Negusa Negast) ’80 JA (RAS mail order)
  • Burning Spear – Jah a Guh Raid; Hail H.I.M. (Burning Spear) ’80 JA (Rutabaga Records, SLC)
  • Sister Frica – One in the Spirit; Rockers All Star Explosion (Alligator) ’83 A. Pablo prod’n; Sunday School Hymn (label promo)
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While my Dad was on the City Council. Methodist Sunday School hymn

Set 4:

  • Alpha Blondy & the Wailers – Jerusalem; Jerusalem (Stern’s) ’86 UK; Cote d’Ivoire, West Africa (RAS mail order)
  • Desi Roots – Weedfields; Doing it Right (Hawkeye) ’80 UK; herb tune (Esoteric Records, Sacramento)
  • Dillinger – Check Sister Jane; King Pharoah (Blue Moon/Magnum) ‘84 UK; Marley Waiting in Vain –  Johnny Clarke (Greensleeves mail order, UK)
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One of hundreds of gems my Smile Jamaica predecessor, John “Rutabaga” Resse, turned me on to circa 1987-88

Set 5:

  • Arthur Louis – Knockin’ On Heaven’s Door; This is Reggae Music vol. 2 (Island) ’75 US Bob Dylan cover (Smokey’s Records, SLC)

<Arthur Louis and Eric Clapton cover Dylan; 32 sec.>

<Reggae History Lesson: Reggae’s love of AM pop and black soul; 23 sec.>

  • Jimmy Cliff – Keep Your Eyes on the Sparrow; Best of Jimmy Cliff (Island) ’75 Jah-taly; folk ballad (Half Price Records, Berkeley)
  • UB40 & Sister V – V’s Version; Baggariddim (Virgin) ‘85 dubble disk. Update of Boy Friday rock steady classic (Randy’s Records, SLC)
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Perhaps the best Zimmy cover of this out of hundreds. Eric Clapton on guitar

Set 6:

  • Ruffy & Tuffy – Third World War; Climax (Black Star) ‘88 Finland (Tower Records, SF)

<World War III as predicted by Nelstradamus last Feb. during Ukraine Coup; 16 sec.>

<Cold War II, Electric Boogaloo: Obama v. Putin; 20 sec.>

  • Lone Ranger – Legalise the National Herb; Hi-Yo, Silver, Away! (Greensleeves) ’82 UK herb tune (Tower Records, Las Vegas)
  • Leroy Smart – Rock and Come On; On Top (Micron) ’82 Can. (RAS mail order)
  • Full Experience feat. Aura – Young, Gifted and Broke; Aura Meets Lee “Scratch” Perry at Black Ark Studios  (Blue Moon) Fr. Nina Simone cover; Black Ark w female vox (RAS mail order)
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Cold War II – Proof that the sequel is never as good as the original

 

 

 

 

 

 

Set 7:

  • Casselberry & DuPree – Coming in From the Cold; City Down (Icebergg); ’86 Jah-waukee Marley cover (label promo)
  • The Clash feat. Mikey Dread – Bankrobber/Robber dub; Black Market Clash (NuDisk) 10” US (Randy’s Records)
  • Johnny Clarke – Rebel Soldering; Don’t Trouble Trouble (Attack) ’88 UK; Bunny Lee comp (Smokey’s Records)

<Smile Jamaica Reggae Lexicon: Soldering or Welding; 10 sec.>

  • Flick Wilson – Slave Master; School Days (Jah Life) ’80 JA (The Beat, Sacramento, CA)
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10″ Vinyl picture sleeve Nu Disk. One of the very first additions to the Smile Jamaica Ark-Ives. Randy’s Records, Salt Lake City; Oct. 1986

Set 8: Mutant Dub Adrian Sherwood set

  • Bim Sherman – Mighty Ruler; Dancer (Century) ’84 UK (Rough Trade, SF)
  • Akabu – Time; Akabu (Viva)  ’89 UK female roots group (Rough Trade, SF)
  • Dub Syndicate feat. Bim Sherman; Strike the Balance (ON U Sound) ’89 Fr (ON U Sound mail order, UK).
  • Singers & Players feat. Mikey Dread – School Days; Staggering Heights (ON U Sound) ’83 UK (Rough Trade, SF)
  • New Age Steppers – Stabilizer; Foundation Steppers (ON U Sound) ‘82 (ON U Sound mail order)
  • African Head Charge – Stebeni’s Theme; My Life in a Hole in the Ground (ON U Sound) ’81 African w/ female vox (Cosmic Aeroplane, SLC) 
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Rutabaga Reese turned me on to Adrian Sherwood and the ON U Sound Mutant Dub Massive. Circa 1987

Smile Jamaica Radio Ark-Ives; Sept.20, 2014: KRCL 90.9FM SLC, Utah; Robert Nelson, host by Bobbylon on Mixcloud

 

Smile Jamaica Ark-Ives: 25 Years: The Silver Jah-bilee (Jubilee)

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Sept. 1989: co-host Smile Jamaica. 25 years uninterrupted. Slice of the cake: Red – for the blood of Africa; Gold for the riches of Africa; Green for the bounty of Africa – the Red, Gold & Green

Smile Jamaica live every Saturday 4-7 PM Mtn. Time:

  • 90.9FM in Utah
  • Stream:  Tune In Radio
  • Ark-Ive. Here on Smile Jamaica blog; without commercial interruptions
  • Twitter: SmileJ_KRCL for live alert and stream upload/blog posts

Greetings,

Smile Jamaica: The King’s Music, Jamaican Blues, Your College for Musical Knowledge with the Dub Confessor. All killer, no filler. Roots  Reggae Sounds for your listening pleasure, 25 years! 10 sec.

Today marks a Quarter of a Century laying down the Roots on Smile Jamaica

Wheel it back 25 years to 1989:

  • Pete Rose lifetime ban for betting on baseball
  • Berlin Wall came crumbling down
  • Bay Area Quake Series. Bad mojo for my beloved Giants
  • Panama Invasion on my Birthday (Dec. 20)
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Bay Bridge collapse in the 1989 Bay Area Quake. Drove over this bridge about a dozen times cratedigging. Visited SF first post quake New Year’s ’89 week.

My radio career at KRCL 90.9FM was late June 1988 til Aug. 1989: 3 AM to 6 AM Sunday Night/Monday Graveyard: 3 O’clock Roadblock. Reggae, World and Ska program.

My listening audience must have consisted of a couple dozen bored 7-11 clerks, insomniacs and cab drivers.

Juggled wax and these new fangled doo-dahs called the Compact Disk through the Alaska Clipper winter of 1988. Twice, that brutal winter, (I hail from the Highline in Northern Montana so I know Winter like I know Roots Reggae), AAA had to jump my crappy Chrysler Cordoba*

You know what a let down doing 3 hours of Reggae in the middle of the dead cold night, drag ass to the car with a crate of Records and 2 suitcases full of CDs, and then hear that telltale click click of a dead battery? Bumba klaat! Fiyah bu’n!

In the immortal words of Ned Flanders, “Son of a Diddly!”

*My Cordoba did not have “rich, Corinthian leather” but pea green crushed velour.

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My Green 1981 Chrysler Cordoba did not survive the Alaska Clipper: Winter of ’88: Salt Lake City, Utah

At the end of Summer ’89 I let station management know that I was going to retire from Graveyard Rockers. I had a new girlfriend, it was my last year in college and I couldn’t stagger through Monday and half of Tuesday dead tired from getting home at 7AM as everyone else was Risin’ & Shinin’.

Yeah, and I wasn’t gonna schlep Roots and Vinyl from the University Student Housing on the hill to the Westside of SLC – KRCL’s home – another cold ass winter for a dozen diehards and shift workers marking time. There was no podcast or stream options in ’89.

I had a great time. Hang on tightly, let go lightly. I figured I would just sub on Smile Jamaica from time to time to keep my skills sharp.

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KRCL 90.9 FM. Born Dec. 1979. I have been a volunteer there since June of 1988

The guy who was doing Smile Jamaica was a dude named John “Rutabaga” Reese. Prince Far I sings, “The humble calf suckles the most milk”. That’s how Rutabaga was for me. Salt of the Earth Utah kid, loved his Roots Reggae – he had impeccable taste in good One Drop and Rub a Dub Roots Rasta Reggae. Plus he  turned me on to Adrian Sherwood and the ON U Sound I call Mutant Dub when I took over the reins on Saturday Afternoon.

John had a crate in a funky bohemian clothing store on the West side of Salt Lake called Grunts and Postures. Even before I met him through KRCL, I had pulled some gems from that crate: Aswad – Bubblin’ 12″; Bob Marley picture sleeve of Buffalo Soldiers. Some really experimental vinyl from  ON U Sound: African Head Charge, Dub Syndicate, Singers & Players, New Age Steppers. Mark Stewart and Tackhead Sound System. Suns of Arqa South Asian trance dub.

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Salt Lake City funky chic. East side. In its West Side location, I dug a whole heap of crates

I got in to Reggae around Oct. 1986. Someone hyped me to KRCL and Saturday Reggae, early Winter 1987. Back then Smile Jamaica was on at 1pm til 4pm!

I had a listener call me last month and thank me for 25 years and he said that for him, 3 hours of Smile Jamaica was his version of “going to church”.

I told him I knew exactly what he meant because as a “civilian” listener circa 1987, I listened to the Show with the fervor of a Jihadi and the active absorption of Roots Reggae as a University Academic wanna be Undergrad.

I would listen on my Hi Fi in my dorm room with a pad and paper writing down titles that John played and would announce. John played long, half hour sets. Sometimes he didn’t always announce the set list.  I learned good quality Roots via Rutabaga’s radio selection.

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Rutabaga Reese’s #1 Smile Jamaica influence on Iyah. Trouble You, a Trouble Me!

Ten Random and Essential Rutabaga Reese era Smile Jamaica selections that were a HUGE influence on me:

  • Don Carlos – Prophecy (Blue Moon)
  • UB40 – Signing Off (DEP)
  • Peter Broggs – Rastafari Liveth (RAS)
  • Burning Spear – Marcus Garvey (Mango)
  • Benjamin Zephaniah – Rasta (Workers Playtime) – UK dubpoet
  • Rita Marley – One Draw 12″ extended mix (Shanachie). My favorite Seven Leaf tune Summer of ’88
  • African Head Charge – Stebeni’s Theme. (ON U Sound). Mutant dub African music with female vox
  • Alpha Blondy & the Wailers – Jerusalem (Stern’s). The best Sons of Abraham Peace Song sung in French, African, Hebrew and Arabic via Cote d’Ivoire
  • Culture – Two Sevens Clash (Shanachie); 7/7/77 July 7, 1977 – When the Two Sevens Clash’d. Just another Doomsday
  • Bunny Wailer – Blackheart Man (Mango). Bought this off the display rack on first sight, cratedigging at the Cosmic Aeroplane, Oct. 1986
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Impulse buy – Put the cover pon my dorm room wall. Loved the music even more

I could name a 100 more Rutabaga boomshots and not stop for a breath!

When I got involved at KRCL Summer of ’88, Rutabaga and another dread named Papa Pilgrim were great mentors to me in how to “do” radio. Segues, being on the mic. (Praise Jah, I was so stiff and monotone. I wanted to let the music do the talking. My air check  was just the facts about the 4-5 songs per half hour set over a featured dub album for the music never stops.)

Papa Pilgrim did a Wed night show called Nite Roots. His show was as popular mid week as Smile Jamaica was on Saturday Afternoon. Roots Reggae fans in Northern Utah had a dubble dose of great radio. Many towns much bigger than SLC have their Reggae Radio shows in the middle of the Night.

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KRCL’s Wed. Night Reggae Ambassador, Papa Pilgrim. Spinning Nite Roots for Jah’s Heavenly Choir. Selah!

Rutabaga let me “sub in” on a hot summer Saturday, July 1988. I was so nervous laying the needle on the record. Took me 3 attempts to drop the needle and back cue the platter on my Rita Marley 12″. It was the major leagues from my fumbling around late night Sundays mumbling for the Nite Owls. It was great fun and I think half of the show turned out to be requests.

To quote philosopher Sally Field, “You like me! You really, really like me!”. Getting to do Radio of any sort is a pretty rare thing in this country and I got my taste of volunteer broadcast media. Give thanks!

When I gave up the ghost on 3 o’clock Roadblock I figured I would just tag along every now and then on either Saturdays or Wed. 10pm. Great times, both, for Roots Rub a Dub Reggae!

Rutabaga decided he wanted to share Smile Jamaica. I had no problem saying yes. So he and I tag teamed together Radiothon (Oct.) 1989. We alternated sets each Saturday until Spring Radiothon ’90. Then we did every other week until All Star Break July ’90.

<Your Station that Rules the Nation!>

My fellow UFOrian, Ronald Reagan was pretty generous with his Student Loan kasheesh back in the day. I would take a huge chunk of my Sept. loan check and put it in a savings account. Summer that year I would do a full court blitz of Nevada and Northern California cratedigging for quality Roots Reggae.

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Smile Jamaica’s 3 favorite things about Ronnie Raygun: 1. Believed in UFO’s. Star Wars was aimed at Alien Invasion not the Soviets; 2. Funded the Smile Jamaica Ark-Ives via his Student Loan and Pell Grant Program 3.

It was early July 1990 and I had just returned with a trunk full of Roots hauled from Reno, Auburn, Collie-fornya, Sacramento, San Francisco, North Oakland, Oakland, Berkeley, San Jose, El Cerrito, San Mateo, Mill Valley.

Vinyl: Lps, 10″s, 12″s, 7″s, Cds, Cassettes, Books and magazines. T shirts, badges, stickers. Anything Red Green and Gold down to my shoelaces. Posters, tapestries bumper stickers. Rasta or African necklaces, pendants, charms and pins.

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North Beach (SF) Tower Records at Columbus & Bay. I would stay at the Travelodge across the street and literally cratedig until closing time and walk back to my room. Tower went out of business 2006. I shed tears. Like losing your girlfriend to a sudden illness

For some reason I remember that it was the night of the 1990 All Star game. I was subbing on a Tuesday Night KRCL rock show rinsing out my favorite non-Reggae delights. Groups like Camper Van Beethoven, The Minutemen, The Replacements. The Clash. The Studio Line rings and it was Rutabaga. After a little chit chat, he offered that he was “retiring” from Smile Jamaica. We weren’t going to alternate weeks. I became solo host of Smile Jamaica the following Saturday and have never looked back for 25 years. Forward ever, backwards never!

I love doing every minute of every show. Some people sing or play instruments or draw. My artistic talent is stitching Reggae and Riddim based musics together in a flow.

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“Itch its up, Selekta! Nuff drum ‘n’ bass mek you wine up yer waist, put a smile pon yer face!”

Sat. Sept. 20, 2014. 90.9FM. 4-7 PM Mtn. Smile Jamaica Best of 25 Years: Vinyl is V-Ital Selection!

What better way to celebrate 25 years of juggling wax on the Radio? Same day (Saturday). Same time (since 1990 from 4-7PM). Same guy (yours truly). Same station: 90.9FM. Just like the Simpsons Sunday Night, you have Smile Jamaica Saturday Afternoon. Give thanx and praise, let Chalice blaze!

Saturday, 4-7 PM Mountain Time. 90.9FM. Vinyl is V-Ital. I spent this (Sat.) morning in the Ark-Ives harvesting 50 albums I pulled from year one and two  of collecting Reggae Music: 1987-1988. Not my all time favorites. But a variety of what I purchased as I learned how to buy quality Reggae and the serendipity of what you find when you leave no crate unturned in a music Mecca that is the Bay Area.

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The album that lit the fuse! Tracked this in the U of U dorms with a friend Oct. 1986. Never looked back. Reggae-myelitis for which there is no cure!

High-lights:

  • Black Uhuru – Anthem (Mango). The album that started the obsession. On 3 O’clock Roadblock I started every show with a Michael Rose or Jr. Reid Black Uhuru scorching roots gem. 30 sec.
  • The Congos – Heart of the Congos. The Holy Trinity of Roots: Lee “Scratch” Perry mix, Black Ark brooding sound, Cedric Myton’s beautiful falsetto
  • Countryman Soundtrack. For Bob Marley’s sublime “Jah Live”
  • Rare roots cover of Zimmy’s “Knockin’ on Heaven’s Door” (Arthur Louis)
  • Roots Dawtas: songbirds, toasters, folkies
  • Seven Leaf Herbal Meditations
  • Mutant Dub in the last half hour. ON U Sound and the role those Black Wax dub jams meant for my development of quality Mutant Dub*

*Smile Jamaica is the intergalactic portal for what I have been calling Mutant Dub for two plus decades. Therefore, I “discovered” Mutant Dub just like Columbus “discovered” India.

Vinyl is V-Ital, rhymes with Ital!

bless, robt

Smile Jamaica live every Saturday 4-7 PM Mtn. Time:

  • 90.9FM in Utah
  • Stream:  Tune In Radio
  • Ark-Ive. Here on Smile Jamaica blog; without commercial interruptions
  • Twitter: SmileJ_KRCL for live alert and stream upload/blog posts
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For 25 Years. bless, robt
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