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

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


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
Don Carlos - Prophecy (lp)   Blue MoonNegus Roots  1980
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

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

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)
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)
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)
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)
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)
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)
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)
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) 
onu family
Rutabaga Reese turned me on to Adrian Sherwood and the ON U Sound Mutant Dub Massive. Circa 1987


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

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


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)
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.

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.

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.

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.

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
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.

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.

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.

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.

“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.

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!


  • 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
For 25 Years. bless, robt

Smile Jamaica Ark-Ives: Sept. 13, 2014 (stream + tracklist): The Middle Passage

Saturday, Sept. 20; 4-7 PM Mtn. Time – 25 Years with All Vinyl!


<Smile Jamaica, The King’s Music; Jamaican Blues for 25 Years>

Here is the Sept. 13, 2014 Ark-Ive edition of Smile Jamaica

Read below for the Weekly High-lights of the 3 hour show!

Be sure to tune in next Saturday. (9/20). 4-7 PM. Mountain Time. Live celebrating 25 years in the chair laying down Roots, Dub and your college for musical knowledge.  “Don’t be a faka, listen to Smile Jamaica!”

My favorite Vinyl from 1986-87 when I became a Reggae Fanatic. Been strolling through the Ark-Ives. Letters A and B and I already pulled 50+. An average Smile Jamaica is about 33-35 songs.

<Smile Jamaica 25 Years of Vinyl: 9/20/14; 30 sec.>

Annotated Playlist: History Lessons, sound bytes, photos & captions.

Reggae/Cannabis History Lessons

  • Sleng Teng, the Birth of Dancehall (Computerised) Reggae
  • Marley Anti-War (NO WAR IN SYRIA!)
  • Marley biography. Bob in Germany
  • Operation Eradication: Anti-marijuana crop burning imposed on Jamaica by Reagan for monetary/trade assistance. Neoliberal war on the poor
  • The Middle Passage: African Slavery

High-Lights of 9/13/14 Smile Jamaica:

  • Dub Album of the Week: Skatalites Jazz-Frican drums & horns
  • Wailers Family Tree: Bob Live ’80; Peter Jah-loween preview, Bunny ’87
  • Vinyl is V-Ital: Lps black wax, 7″ Jamaican Jukebox, 10″ Disco Mix
  • Roots Dawtas: Euro Dubstresses, Sister Carol does Bob Andy, 2 Tone ska, Collie-rado dubhoppers
  • Mutant Dub World Tour:  Jah-cago, UK, Fr., Collie-rado
  • Seven Leaf: Sleng Teng, Luciano/Tosh, Barrington Levy, Fathead
  • Rockers do Reggae: Requested Dylan nursery rhyme roots stylee!

Give thanks and Praise, let chalice blaze! 2 down, 48 to go! Annotated Playlist/Tracklist below the stony lion

bless, robt

You have heard of couch lock? This is “throne lock”!

Playlist Smile Jamaica: 9/13/14

Set 1:

  • The Meditations – Rastaman Prayer; Message From the Meditations (United Artists) ’76 UK vinyl
  • Lloyd Brevett & the Skatalites – Stream in the Meadow; African Roots (Moon Ska) ’78; Dub Album of the Week
  • Jacob Miller – Ital Light + Laughing Babylon; Jacob Miller Meets the Fatman Riddim Section (Crocodisc) ’78
  • Candy McKenzie – Long Enough; Return of Sound System Scratch (Pressure Sounds)  Lee Perry prod’n; female vox
  • Mike Anthony – Culture Calling; 10” (Sip a Cup) 2000 UK militant steppers
  • Wayne Smith – Under Me Sleng Teng (remix); Big Blunts vol. 1 (Tommy Boy) ’94 cannabis comp: 4:20 Cannabis Service Announcement

<Cannabis/Reggae History Lesson: Sleng Teng & the Birth of Dancehall; 40 sec.>

  • Don Carlos & Gold – Go Find Yourself a Fool; History of Tamoki Wambesi vol. 1 (Tamoki Wambesi) ’85; Roy Cousins prod’n
Sleng Teng: An herb vendor who “slings ting’s” (aka collie herb). 1985 Digital Era of computerized dancehall begins

Set 2:

  • Bob Dylan – Man Gave Names to All the Animals; Slow Train Coming (Columbia) ’79 Request
  • Prince Francis – African Skank; Studio One Roots 2 (Soul Jazz/Studio One) ’72 deejay
  • Christine Miller – Trod Away Home; 10” (Hi-Tek) 2006 UK; mutant dub
  • Luciano – Legalize It; Weed a Bun vol. 1 (Charm) Request, 2005 herb tune; Tosh cover
Requested Rockers do Reggae. Nursery rhyme reggae

Set 3:

<56 Thoughts From 56 Hope Road, #35: Coming in From the Cold; 40 sec.>

  • Bob Marley & the Wailers – Coming in From the Cold; Live Forever (Tuff Gong) 9/23/80; Live in Pittsburgh, Jah-sylvania

<Bob seeks treatment  in Germany; 35 sec.>

  • The Selecter – Celebrate the Bullet; Celebrate the Bullet (Chrsyalis/2 Tone) ’81 UK 2 Tone ska w/ female vox

<2 Tone favorite by Special Request and a popular demand!>

  • I Roy – Whap ‘n’ Bap’n; Babylon Soundtrack (EMI) ’80 Brit film about Jamaican Diaspora
Bob in Jah-many seeking cancer treatment

Set 4: 

  • Peter Tosh – You Can’t Blame the Youth; Equal Rights (Legacy Edition) ’77 bonus rarity
  • Peter Tosh – Vampire; Equal Rights (Legacy Edition); ’77 bonus rarity
  • Version & Sista Widey; Put On; 10” (Webcam Hi Fi) 2007 Fr.
Smile Jamaica Jah-loween: Soon come!

Set 5: Vinyl is V-Ital!

<Next Week: 25 years of Smile Jamaica Vinyl: Strickly pon di Ark-Ives!; 35 sec.>

  • Barrington Levy & Jah Thomas? – Collie Weed; Hunter Man (Burning Sounds) Vinyl is Vital set: ’83 UK, herbtune

<Seven Leaf Vinyl Stylee!; 25 sec.>

  • Ricky Grant & Rockers All-Stars; Far Far Away + Version; I Love Rastafari (Message) ‘78 JA
  • Sister Carol – Shackles; Liberation for the Africans (Serious Gold) ’83 NYC ; Bob Andy update “Unchained”
  • Winston Hussey – Evil People; Ghettoman Problem (Live & Learn) ’84 DC
Barrington Levy (1983) - Hunter Man (A)
From year one of the Smile Jamaica Ark-Ives: Spring ’87; Oakland, Collie-fornya. Sept. 20 All Vinyl is Vital to celebrate 25 Years on Reggae Radio

Set 6:

  • Bunny Wailer – Reasons; Dance Hall Style (Shanachie) ‘87
  • Fathead – Operation Eradication; Live at Aces (Joe Frasier) herb tune Live 2/10/82 St. Thomas JA

<Cannabis History Lesson: Operation Eradication: Ronnie Raygun vs. the Seven Leaf; 75 sec.>

  • Sister Rasheda – Jah Love; 12” (Jah Warrior) mutant dub
Operation Eradication: Neoliberal attack on Marijuana in Jamaica as the “poor man’s banker”. To get US money, Jamaican gov’t had to eradicate a source of income for poor rural farmers: Cannabis, The Seven Leaf, Collie Weed. Raaas claat, Bumba claat, Fiya burn!…Literally

Set 7: Jamaican Jukebox: 45 7″ RPM

  • Lloyd Hemmings – Africa; 7” (Jama) ’74 UK

<Reggae History Lesson: Slavery & the Middle Passage; 70 sec.>

  • Stanley Braveman – Pumps & Pride; 7” (Rebel Force)
  • Roland Burrell – Johnny Dollar; 7” (Sonic) ’83
  • Don Taylor – Africa Must Be Free; 7” (Foundation Sounds)
The Middle Passage: 12 million plus Africans made this journey on floating coffins. “We were packed like sardines in a tin. When the boat overload, they throw some of us overboard” — Prince Far I with Singers & Players “Dungeon”

Set 8: Mutant Dub

  • Jai Alai Savant – Low Frequent See; Flight of the Bass Delegate (Gold Standard Laboratories) 2007 Jah-cago
  • Dubterror – Shinobi; Dubterror (Universal Egg) 2009 UK
  • King General & Bush Chemists – Joker Smoker; Money Run Tings (Conscious Sounds) ’96 UK herbtune
  • Kanka – Make It This Time; Sub.Mersion (Hammerbass) 2009 Fr.
  • Heavyweight Dub Champion feat. Lady K – Trouble; Return of the Champion (Champion Nation) 2009 Collie-rado
Heavyweight Dub Champion. Collie-rado Mutant Dubbers

Smile Jamaica Ark-Ive: Sept. 6, 2014 (Stream + Tracklist)

2 down 48 to go!


<Reggae History Lesson: Greenbay Killing>

Jump straight to the Sept. 6, 2014 stream

Here is what you can enjoy during the Sept. 6 Ark-Ive of Smile Jamaica:

  • Wailers Family Tree: Bob’s last live; Tosh rarity from Equal Rights dubble disk, Bunny Wailer “Camoflauge” plus Marcia Griffiths; 18 sec.
  • Rockers doing Reggae: Dylan, Harper does Tosh, South Africa, Jah-cago; 13 sec.
  • Vinyl is Vital: Lps, 10″ Discomix and Jamaican Jukebox 45s; 14 sec.
  • 4:20 Cannabis Service Announcements & the Seven Leaf: Aswad, Scratch
  • Roots Dawtas: Marcia, Aisha
The Greys love the Green!

bless, robt

Playlist: Sept. 6, 2014: Smile Jamaica

Set 1:

  • Horace Andy – Oh Lord Why Lord; Best of Horace Andy (Studio One) JA vinyl
  • Reggae on Top All Stars – Cutting Dub; Chalice Dub Part 1; (Reggae on Top); ’95 Mutant Dub Album of the Week

<Psalm 18: Verse 8; 24 sec.>

  • Black Uhuru – Endurance; Sinsemilla (Mango) ‘80

<Black Uhuru led to Smile Jamaica; 26 sec.>

  • Marcia Griffiths – Truly; Naturally (Shanachie) ‘78

<Reggae History Lesson: The I Threes; 21 sec.>

  • Barry Brown – Dread Full Day; 10” (Hitbound) ‘83
  • Aswad – Pass the Cup; BBC Sessions (Strange Fruit) ’82; 4:20 Cannabis Service Announcement

<Cannabis History Lesson: Pass the Cup; 15 sec.>

Black Uhru. The group that got me into Reggae: Oct. 1986

Set 2:

  • Peter Tosh – You Can’t Blame the Youth; Equal Rights (Legacy Edition) (Columbia/Legacy) ’77; bonus track from dubble disk; riddim shower (1): Original
  • Ben Harper – You Can’t Blame the Youth; Reggae Sampler (Virgin) ’97  CD EP; riddim shower (2); cover
  • Lee “Scratch” Perry – Stay Red; 10” (Upsetter); ’73 herb tune
  • Aisha – Evil Spirits; High Priestess (Ariwa) ’88 UK female/Mad Professor
Prof. Tosh: Education as brainwashing. You can’t blame the youth!

Set 3: Rockers doing Reggae

  • Bob Dylan – Dead Man, Dead Man; Shot of Love (Columbia); ’81 

<Bob Dylan, “loping whiteboy Reggae”; 44 sec.>

  • The Members – Clean Men; 1980: The Choice is Yours (Virgin) ’80; UK new wave/pub group

<The Members: Whiteboy UK Reggae; 14 sec.>

  • BLK JKS – Skeleton; After Robots (Secretly Canadian) 2009 black South African hybrid
  • Jai Alai Savant – Data Massagana; Flight of the Bass Delegate (Gold Standard Labs) 2007 Jah-cago; take on Abyssinians tune; 7 sec.
Familiar with the One Drop

Set 4:

  • Bob Marley & the Wailers – Redemption Song; Live Forever (Tuff Gong); last live performance: 9/23/80, Pittsburgh Jah-sylvania

<Thought 34 of 56 Thoughts From 56 Hope Road; 37 sec.>

  • 4th Street Orchestra – Scientific (Hurting Dubb); Scientific (Higher Ranking Dubb) (Rama) ’77 Dennis Bovell w/ female vox
  • Robbie Levi – War; 10” (Digital Conscious); 2010 cover of Marley’s Selassie speech

<Haile Selassie’s War Speech at the United Nations; 25 sec.>

H.I.M. Haile Selassie I Speech to the United Nations (excerpt)
New York CityNY  October 4, 1963

“…until the philosophy which holds one race superior and another inferior is finally and permanently discredited and abandoned: That until there are no longer first-class and second class citizens of any nation; That until the color of a man’s skin is of no more significance than the color of his eyes; That until the basic human rights are equally guaranteed to all without regard to race; That until that day, the dream of lasting peace and world citizenship and the rule of international morality will remain but a fleeting illusion, to be pursued but never attained; And until the ignoble and unhappy regimes that hold our brothers in Angola, in Mozambique and in South Africa in subhuman bondage have been toppled and destroyed; Until bigotry and prejudice and malicious and inhuman self-interest have been replaced by understanding and tolerance and good-will; Until all Africans stand and speak as free beings, equal in the eyes of all men, as they are in the eyes of Heaven; Until that day, the African continent will not know peace. We Africans will fight, if necessary, and we know that we shall win, as we are confident in the victory of good over evil…”

  • Dennis Alcapone – I Want a Draw; Good Old Days of the 70’s (Teams); herb tune cover of Mike Brooks “Rum Drinker”

<Cannabis History Lesson: I Want a Draw; 13 sec.>

Haile Selassie at the United Nations; Oct. 4, 1963

Set 5: Vinyl is Vital

  • Gregory Isaacs/Prince Far I – Uncle Joe/Come Off Mi Toe; Crucial Cuts (Virgin Front Line); Vinyl is Vital set: ’83 UK
  • AmJam – 99 Ties – Live at CBGB (CBGB); ’87 NYC: American/Jamaican feat. Leisha Salesman on vox
  • Meditations – Woman Piabba; Message From the Meditations (United Artists) ’76 US; herb tune by Winston Watson

<Nelstradamus Picks 6 to legalize in 2014; 40 sec.>

  • Bloodfire Posse – Pink Panther; Are You Ready? (Synergy) ’86 UK; Henry Mancini theme
Vinyl is Vital
  • Bunny Wailer – Camouflage; Rule Dance Hall (Shanachie) ‘87
  • Robbie Valentine & Jah Mason – Ganja Afe Free; 10” (Sip a Cup) 2005 mutant dub herbtune

<Nelstradamus of the Seven Leaf; 35 sec.>

  • Hollie Cook – Postman; Twice (Mr. Bong) 2014 
Brand new, good for you!

Set 7: Jamaican Jukebox 7″ 45 RPM

  • Jahlights – Right Road to Zion; 7” (Trojan) ’78 UK
  • Willie Brackenridge – Blood Money; 7” (Harvest) ’79 JA
  • Noel Grey – Black Man; 7” (Freedom Sounds) JA
  • Leroy Smart – Jungle and Rema; 7” (Well Charge) JA

<Reggae History Lesson: Jamaican Civil War 1976-1980; 30 sec.>

Mek wey for di rub a dub!

Set 8: Mutant Dub

  • Matty G – Sensimilla; Bay Area Dubstep vol. 3 (Full Melt) 2011; Mutant Dub set: herbtune
  • Botom Botom – It’s Your Life; This Is Not a Stereotype (Hammerbass) 2006 Fr. w/ female vox
  • Skream ft. Warrior Queen – Me Love It (Instrumental); Dubstep Allstars vol. 04 (Tempa) 2006 UK
  • The Widdler – Sensi Samurai; Studio Rockers at the Controls (Studio Rockers) 2009 UK
  • Dry and Heavy – Life in the Jungle; Full Contact (BSI) 2000 Jah-pon
  • Jeb Loy & the Oil Wells – Things that Made U.S.; Wild Paarty Sounds! (ON U Sound/Cherry Red) ’81 UK
All killa, no filla!