The year was 1988. Early Spring. My college roommate and I were having a slice at The Pie Pizzeria near our apartment close to the University of Utah campus.
The pizza place had KRCL 90.9FM on the hi fi. Community radio. Programmed by volunteers who pick their own music. We heard they were doing a new volunteer training. My roommate wanted to do 80’s indie. I had recently discovered KRCL’s Smile Jamaica.
Another college friend had turned me on to Reggae via the album at the top of this blog post: Sly & Robbie 80’s hardcore digital mix of Black Uhuru. Militant Reggae in a drum and bass style.
<Black Uhuru – Anthem and what it means to Smile Jamaica; 38 sec.>
Thanks to Pres. Ronald Raygun’s student loan program, I started collecting Reggae and had enough to be trained for an late Sunday night/early Monday morning show called 3 o’clock Roadblock
<How I started at KRCL; 39 sec.>
It was just before 4th of July 1988 when I debuted. I found that I couldn’t sleep if I needed to be loading my car for the 20 minute drive to the station. So I would stay up all night, lay down riddims, go home and crash and then get up to go class mid Monday morning.
I did the show for a little more than a year. It was a great way to learn radio without a lot of pressure. My listeners? Night owls, insomniacs, graveyard shift workers and cab drivers.
A month prior, I tried to recreate the first radio show of 3 o’clock Roadblock with what was a new medium at the time: the compact disk. This week I went through my Ark-Ive and harvest vinyl LPs.
And to mix it up, I organize from A-Z and Z-O for the black wax nostalgia mixdown.
<Early vinyl gems laid out A-Z; 36 sec.>
And 31 years later, except for 1 LP (Eek a Mouse), the black wax is sounding crisp. Or criss as the dreads would say.
Enjoy and thanks for listening!
Smile Jamaica Ark-ives July 27, 2019: 31 Years of Vinyl A-Z
Set 1: A-E
- Jimmy Riley – Summer Time; 12″ (DEB) ’76 UK Porgy & Bess cover
- Soul Syndicate – Only Jah Dub; Visions of Love (Epiphany) ’79 Dub Album of the Hour (Earl Zero bonus dubs)
- Horace Andy – Oh Lord, Why Lord; Best of Horace Andy (Coxsone) ’72 JA
- Black Uhuru – Anthem; Anthem (Island) ’83 UK Groucho Smykle rmx
- Culture – Behold the Land; Africa Stand Alone (April) ’79 US
- Carlene Davis; Angel in Your Arms; At the Right Track (Carib Gems) ’80 UK Hot soul cover
- Eek a Mouse – Sensee Party; Skidip! (Greensleeves) ’82 US 4:20 Cannabis Service
Set 2: F-J
- Phillip Frazer – 2000 Years; Come Ethiopians (Freedom Sounds) ’79 JA
- Sophie George – Girlie Girlie; Fresh (Winner) ’86 UK
- Heptones – Cool Rasta; Cool Rasta (Trojan) ’76 UK
- I Roy – Union Call; Whap’n Bap’n (Virgin) ’80 UK
- Wayne Jarrett – Love in a Mi Heart; Chip In (Greensleeves) ’82 UK
Set 3: K-N
- Ini Kamoze – Rough; Pirate (Mango) ’86 US
- Ijahman Levi – Are We a Warrior; Are We a Warrior (Mango) ’79
- Judy Mowatt – Mr. Big Man; Mellow Mood (Ashandan) ’75 JA
- Natural Ites – What About the Africans; Marvellous (CSA) ’87 UK
- Scientist – Miss Know It All; Trojan Dub Box Set (Trojan) ’98 Dub Album of the Hour
Set 4: O-R
- Johnny Osbourne – Rude Boy; In Ah Disco Style (Cha Cha) ’81 UK
- Michael Prophet – Give Me the Right; Blood Stain (Ashantites) ’83 DC
- Quasar – Stir It Up; Fresh (LASN) US Bob Marley cover
- Ras Midas – Too Long in the Wind; Rastaman in Exile (Disc’ AZ International) ’80 Fr.
Set 5: S-W
- Sister Nancy – Gwan a School; One Two (Techniques) ’82 JA
- Tamlins – Big Girl Now; I’ll Be Waiting (Live & Learn) ’87 DC Stylistics cover
- U-Roy – Babylon Burning; Natty Rebel (Virgin) ’76 UK
- Viceroys – Brethren & Sistren; Brethren & Sistren (CSA) ’83 UK
- Wailing Souls – Stranded in L.A.; Stranded (Greensleeves) ’84 US
Set 6: X-Z
- Bob Marley & the Wailers – Exodus; Exodus (Island) ’77 UK
- Yellowman – Nobody Move, Nobody Get Hurt; Nobody Move, Nobody Get Hurt (Greensleeves) ’84 US
- Zema – Blood Money; Zema (Melchizedek) ’86 SoCal dawta
- Dub Syndicate – Overloader; Towering Dub Inferno (Rykodisc) ’90 Dub Album of the Hour
Set 7: Z-V
- Zap Pow – Roots Man Reggae; Zap Pow (Mango) ’78 US
- Yabby U & the Prophets – Get Lost Babylon; Babylon Queen (Clappers) ’82 US
- Delroy Williams – Learn; I Stand Black (Message) ’84 US
- Martha Velez – Get Up Stand Up; Escape From Babylon (Sire) ’76 US Wailers cover
Set 8: U-O
- Unity – Star Gazing; Heat Your Body Up (Charisma) ’83 UK
- Peter Tosh – Oh Bumbo Klaat; 12″ EP (Rolling Stone) ’81 US
- Sister Netifa – Don’t Talk to Me Babylon + Scream; Woman Determined (Aluta) ’89 UK dub poet
- Ras Michael – Mr. Brown; Rastafari (Top Ranking) ’75 JA
- Barbara Paige – Babylon Must Fall; Hear Me Now (Epiphany) ’82 US
- Oku Onuora – Wi a Come; 12″ (Heartbeat) ’83 US picture sleeve