Smile Jamaica Ark-Ives: Jah-ly 6, 2019: UFO-ria!

Greetings,

When you get to do a radio program on a non-commercial station for 31 years, that entitles one to some indulgences.

For I n’ I that is mashing up Reggae music with UFO’s. WTF?

<How I ‘n’ I got into UFOs; 27 sec.>

The connections of Smile Jamaica to UF0ria (UFO’s + euphoria = UFOria).

  1. The TV show Ancient Aliens on History Channel; 55 sec.

2. Which taught us about the 1947 Roswell UFO crash

<Roswell UFO crash, July 1947; 90 sec.>

DENVER – UNDATED: Major Jesse Marcel from the Roswell Army Air Field with debris found 75 miles north west of Roswell, NM, in June 1947. The debris has been identified as that of a radar target. The Air Force released a report on 24 June debunking reports of a UFO crash near Roswell, NM, in 1947. (Photo by: UNITED STATES AIR FORCE/AFP/Getty Images)

3. Ancient Astronaut Theory – the notion that Sumerian sky gods were in fact ancient astronauts coming from the outer edge of the galaxy. As an Assyrian-American, anything to do with my ancestors in Mesopotamia/Modern Iraq fascinates me.

4. The Skygods from Planet Nibiru* called the Anunnaki. Anu (sky) + na (verb – to go down) + Ki (Earth.) Those who came down from the sky.

*Also called Planet X or the 12th Planet

The Anunnaki created mankind to mine gold for their home planet (under climate change devastation….). When their creation got “noisy” and the minor gods were having sex with Earth women, the decision was to wipe out mankind with a Flood

<Who are the Anunnaki?; 75 sec.>

5. The connections between space travel and descriptions of celestial phenomenon in the Bible.

  • Chariots of the Gods – space ship
  • Jacob’s Ladder – space ship
  • Burning bush – space ship
  • Prophet Ezekiel and his crystal ship – space ship
  • Stairway to Heaven – space ship
  • Noah’s grand dad Enoch “walked with God and then was not”. Taken to heave in a space ship
  • Magic carpets in the Arabian Nights – space ship
  • Vimanas from Hindu cosmology – space ship

<Ancient astronauts in the Bible; 27 sec.>

Stairway to Heaven – Page and Plant Ancient Astronaut Theorists?

<New Jerusalem in the Bible is a gigantic cubed space ship; 37 sec.>

New Jerusalem is not a city but a huge space shipReggae and Dub have plenty of songs about outer space and UFOs.

6. And now the US government  can’t keep UFO encounters secret or in the realm of “conspiracy theory”. Too many people with phone cameras. A new show on History Channel, Unidentified, covers Air Force, Navy and Deep State reports of UFO encounters with Tic Tac UFO’s.

<Unidentified TV show on History Channel; 75 sec.>

Roswell, The Anunnaki, Ancient Astronauts lead me to comb through the Smile Jamaica Ark-Ives looking for UFO/space travel songs. I have about 150 CDs and another 50 LPs/vinyl singles.

So like my other theme shows, like Jah-loween and 420, enjoy these space age tunes from Reggae, Dub, Calypso and even a few rock tunes sifted in.

And as I say: Look to the skies! Do not scoff!

And if they are here with malevolent intent? Let’s go out with a bang!

bless, Bobbylon

Smile Jamaica Ark-Ives: July 6, 2019 – UFOria; 1 min. 22 sec.

Set 1:

  • John Williams Orchestra – Also Sprach Zarathustra (Columbia) ’68 soundtrack to 2001 a Space Odyssey – 3 hours of UFO-ria
  • Prince Jammy – Conspiracy on Neptune; Prince Jammy Destroys the Invaders (Greensleeves) ’82 UK vinyl
  • Michael Franti – Earth From Outer Space; All People (Capitol) 2013
  • Lee “Scratch” Perry – African Hitchhiker; From the Secret Laboratory (Mango) ‘90
  • Symarip – Skinhead Moonstomp; Skinhead Moonstomp (Trojan) ’70 UK ska
  • Intergalactic Farmer (Smile Jamaica UFOria rmx) 4:20 Cannabis Service Announcement

Set 2:

  • Thievery Corporation – Stargazer; Culture of Fear (ESL) 2011
  • Kingman + Jonah feat. Claudious Linton – Star Wars; Signtime (Sun King) 2008
  • Laurel Aitken – Apollo 12; Pama Years (Pama) ’69

<Apollo 12  – 2nd moon landing; Nov. ’69; 39 sec.>

  • The Toyes – Waiting For the Aliens; Strange Animals (CD Tunes) ’99 LA

Set 3:

  • Sister Carol – Lost ina Space; Jah Disciple (RAS) ’89 DC vinyl

<Challenger Space Shuttle tragedy; 58 sec.>

  • Jimi Hendrix Experience – EXP; Axis: Bold as Love (MCA) ‘67
  • Dubadelic – MIB; Bass Invaders (WordSound) ’98 Men in Black
  • Dennis Alcapone – Flying Machine (The Sky’s the Limit); Guns Don’t Argue (Trojan) ’70
  • Phil Pratt – Lazer Dub; Star Wars 2 (Pratt Music) ‘96

Set 4:

  • Anubian Lights – Outflight;  Outflight EP (Crippled Dick Hot Wax) 2001 New Jerusalem space ship
  • Alpha & Omega – Dub is Out There; Serious Joke (A & O) 2002 X-Files Theme
New Jeruslam from the Bible is a gigantic spaceship

Set 5: Vinyl is Vital

  • U Roy – Your Ace From Space; Version Galore (Treasure Isle) ’68 JA: UFO vinyl set
  • Prince Lincoln & the Rasses – Spaceship; Natural Wild (United Artists) ’80 UK produced by new waver Joe Jackson
  • Lone Ranger – U.F.O.; Barnabas in Collins Wood (Wave) ’79 JA
  • Bam Bam – Star Wars + Dub; Power of a Woman (Bam Bam International) ’87 LA female

Set 6:

  • David Bowie – Space Oddity; Changesonebowie (MCA) ‘69
  • Elton John – Rocket Man; #1s (MCA) ‘72

<Livicated to Kim Jong Un from Donald J. Trump; 35 sec.>

  • Derrick Morgan – Moon Hop; Original Reggae Recordings (Trybute) ‘69
  • Gene Roddenberry – Star Trek Theme
  • Sly & Robbie – Space Invaders; Syncopation (Joe Gibbs) ’80 FL. Vinyl

Set 7:

  • Leonard Nimoy – Alien;  Presents Mr. Spock’s Music From Outer Space (Dot) ‘67
  • Mighty Sparrow – Russian Satellite;  Calypso Carnival (Cook) ’58 calypso about Sputnik and Laika the space dog

<Laika the Space puppy. Gave his life for space travel; 35 sec.>

  • Ancient Astronauts feat. Akua Naru – Last Night; Into Bass & Time (ESL) female in love with an Ancient Astronaut
  • Scientist – Beam Down; Meets the Space Invaders (Greensleeves) ’81 dub

Set 8:

  • Tena Stelin – Flying Saucers; 7” (Mascot) 2001
  • Flock of Seagulls – Space Age Love Song; Flock of Seagulls (Zomba) ’82 UK New Wave
  • Easy Star feat. The Meditations – Eclipse; Dubber Side of the Moon (Easy Stars) 2010 Pink Floyd cover
  • Pink Floyd – Interstellar Overdrive; Relics (Capitol) ’71 comp.
  • Spiritual Rez – Let’s Go Out With a Bang; Apocalypse Whenever (Spiritual Rez) 2014

Smile Jamaica Ark-Ives: June 29, 2019: 31 Years of Reggae Radio!

Greetings,

<New broom sweeps clean, old broom knows the corners!>

Early spring 1988,  my roommate and I were in the Pie Pizzeria near the Univ. of Utah campus. They were listening to the local community radio station, KRCL. I had discovered its Saturday afternoon Reggae program called Smile Jamaica about a year previous. KRCL were looking for new volunteers to train for graveyard shift shows.

My roommate, also a music fanatic, wanted to do a mid 80s college show. I was interested in Reggae. They had enough rock programmers but wanted someone to do a late night program that could mix up Reggae with Ska and World.

I started training late spring and was granted a show that debuted just before the 4th of July 1988: 3 o’clock Roadblock – named for the Bob Marley song because the show aired from 3am-6am late Sunday night/early Monday morning.

includes 3 o’clock Roadblock

I learned how to juggle tunes for a radio audience for probably a couple hundred graveyard shift workers, night owls and insomniacs.

Black Uhuru was the group that got me into Reggae music. I loved them: Michael Rose, Puma Jones (dawta) and Ducky Simpson (dread.) Their album, Anthem (the first Reggae Grammy award) was a booming 80’s synth from Sly & Robbie meshed with heartical roots and dread anthems.

I had met a guy in the U of U dorms, Neil Copperman. Jewish kid from Baltimore who had all these new compact disks on a massive hi fi with Bose speakers. I had been an early adopter of the round aluminum disks, (and I also favored Bose 301’s),  when I moved to SLC from Bozeman, Montana; Fall Semester 1986. So we would trade disks and listen to each other’s selections.

The dorms were concrete bunkers and the drum and bass from Sly & Robbie ricocheted around the room.  I was hooked on Reggae from that moment forward. I had a few Marley’s, Tosh’s, Toot’s & Cliff’s. None of them made the instant impact Black Uhuru did.

From late June 1988-Aug. 1989 when I quit the late night, I would always start each edition of 3 o’clock Roadblock with a Black Uhuru tune.

<Anthem lit the fuse; 66 sec.>

I was only off air for about 2 months. In Oct. 1989, my mentor Rutabaga Reese offered to have me split Smile Jamaica with him. And that lead to my Saturday adventure of almost 30 years.

In between I have been a part of the digital media transition and this podcast was created before there was even a word for it. I knew that radio was gonna go internationally online.

<Smile Jamaica pre-podcasting “podcast”; 23 sec.>

But that’s a story I will continue Oct. 2019 – when, Jah wiling, I get my 30 year badge.

Humans of the U: Robert Nelson

So enjoy this possible recreation of the very first 3 hours of Reggae Radio from I ‘n’ I. CDs on this podcast. In a month, I will do the same for vinyl.

Thanks for listening from day 1 or 31 years fresh.

bless, Bobbylon

Smile Jamaica Ark-Ives: June 29, 2019 Annotated Playlist; 1 min. 56 sec.

Set 1: 1972-1976

  • Black Uhuru – Party Next Door; Anthem (Mango) ’83 Best of 31 Years of Reggae Radio
  • Augustus Pablo – Unity Dub; Africa Must Be Free by 1983 Dub (Rockers) ’83 YS US vinyl dub album of the hour
  • Jimmy Cliff – The Harder They Come; The Harder They Come Soundtrack (Mango) ’72

<The Harder They Come and Reggae in US/UK; 74 sec.>

  • The Wailers – Stir It Up; Catch a Fire (Tuff Gong) ’73 US w/ guitar and piano overdubs

<Catch a Fire and Reggae in the US/UK; 65 sec.>

  • Burning Spear – Down By the Riverside; Presenting (Studio One) ’73
  • Peter Tosh – Legalize It; Legalize It (Columbia) ’76

Set 2: 1976

  • The Mighty Diamonds – Back Weh Mafia; Ice on Fire (Virgin Front Line) ’76 soul producer, Allen Toussaint prod’n
  • Judy Mowatt – Put It On; Black Woman (Shanachie) ’76 Wailer cover
  • Max Romeo – One Step Forward; War ina Babylon (Mango) ’76 Lee “Scratch” Perry/Black Ark riddim shower (1) – vox
  • Prince Jazzbo – Ital Corner; Ital Corner (Clocktower) ’76 Black Ark riddim shower (2): deejay

<Lee “Scratch” Perry’s Black Ark studio>

Set 3: 1976-1977

  • Martha Velez – Bend Down Low; Escape From Babylon (Sire) ’76 Bob prod’n/Perry mix/Wailers on the riddims/Wailers cover

<Martha Velez; 38 sec.>

  • Bunny Wailer – This Train; Blackheart Man (Mango) ’76 Woody Guthrie cover
  • The Congos – Children Crying; Heart of the Congos (Black Art) ’77 Black Ark prod’n
  • The Revolutionaries – Dawn Creation; Phase  One Dub Wise volume 2 (Phase One) ’80 UK vinyl dub album of the hour

Set 4: 1977

  • Culture – Two Sevens Clash; Two Sevens Clash (Shanachie) ’77

<When the 2 7’s clashed; 72 sec.>

  • Jolly Brothers – Conscious Man; Conscious Man (Seven Leaf) ’77 Lee “Scratch” Perry Black Ark prod’n
  • Yabby You – Judgment Time; One Love, One Heart (Shanachie) ’77

Set 5: 1978-1979

  • I Roy – Tiddle Le Bop; Heart of a Lion (Virgin Front Line) ’78 nursery rhyme
  • Ijahman Levi – Jah Heavy Load; Haile I Hymn (Jahmani) ’78 feat. Steve Winwood on organ
  • Althea & Donna – Uptown Top Ranking; Uptown Top Ranking (Object Enterprise) ’78 female dj duo
  • Dennis Brown – Love Jah; Words of Wisdom (Shanachie) ’79

Set 6: 1979

  • The Morwells feat. Bingy Bunny – Bit By Bit; Kingston 12 Toughie (RAS) ’79
  • Capital Letters – Run Run Run; Headline News (Greensleeves) ’79 UK youth group w/ female harmonies
  • Marcia Griffiths – Steppin’ Out of Babylon; Steppin’ (Shanachie)
  • Sugar Minott & Soul Syndicate – Walking Through the Ghetto; Ghetto-ology + Dub (Easy Star) ’79
  • Roots Radics – Rockers Almighty Dub; Rockers Almighty Dub (Clocktower) Bronx, NY vinyl dub album of the hour

Set 7: 1979-1980

  • Keith Hudson – Musicology; Rasta Communication (Greensleeves) ’79
  • Johnny Osbourne – Jah Promise; Truths and Rights (Studio One) ’79
  • Earl Zero – I No Lie; Visions of Love (Epiphany) ’79
  • Pablo Moses – Dubbing is a Must; A Song (Mango) ’80
  • Wailing Souls – Old Broom; Very Best of (Greensleeves) ’80 comp.
New broom sweeps clean. Old broom knows the corners!

Set 8: 1980-1981

  • Ken Booth (sic) & the Iranian Students – Peace Time/Khomeni Skank; Jack Ruby Hi-Fi (Auralux/Clappers) ’80
  • Sister Jam – People of the World; Rockers International (Greensleeves) ’80 Augustus Pablo prod’n
  • Flo & Eddie – Rock With Me; Rock Steady With Flo & Eddie (Epiphany) ’81 of the Turtles; Melodians cover
  • Garland Jeffreys feat. Linton Kwesi Johnson – Miami Beach; Escape Artist (Epic) ’81 NY rock artist w/ dub poet
  • Mikey Dread – World War III; Beyond World War III (Dread at the Controls) ’81