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Smile Jamaica Ark-Ives: Sept. 8, 2018 (Podcast & Playlist) – Is KFC Ital?

 

<Lee Perry’s ode to KFC; 27 sec.>

Thoughts of chicken keeps the drums kickin’

Thinking of the taste, listen to the drum and the bass

Greetings,

Those are the words of Lee “Scratch” Perry.

Two quick stories. There was a big name Reggae group coming to SLC and they had a list of Jamaican and ital juices, salads and other vegetarian delights they expected as part of their rider.

The promoter said, “Sorry guys. There’s no Caribbean market here.” So the group put in as a replacement: 6 bucks of Kentucky Fried Chicken and all the trimmings.

Now KFC is anything but Ital. But I imagine it is like those people who hear about In ‘n’ Out Burger. In Jamaica, something about KFC holds the fascination of the people. Rasta or otherwise.

Story 2: The first KFC franchise is actually in Salt Lake City:

KFC was founded by Colonel Harland Sanders, an entrepreneur who began selling fried chicken from his roadside restaurant in Corbin, Kentucky during the Great Depression. Sanders identified the potential of the restaurant franchising concept, and the first “Kentucky Fried Chicken” franchise opened in Utah in 1952.

So another big name Reggae group came to town. Some way, some how they learned the first Kentucky Fried Chicken (now KFC) was in Salt Lake.

After their soundcheck, they asked to see the first Franchise as if it were a shrine. I wondered did all these dreadlock Rastas go in for Regular or Extra Crispy? My guess is they put their Tams on their head and doubled back through the drive through

bless, Bobbylon

Smile Jamaica Annotated Playlist: Sept. 8, 2018; 47 Sec.

Set 1:

  • Tyrone Taylor – Live Table; 2 of a Kind (Tuff Gong) ’87 JA vinyl
  • Soul Syndicate – Ghetto-ology Dub (Black Roots) ’80  JA vinyl: Sugar Minott dub album of the hour
  • Bunny Wailer – Rasta Dread (Natty Dread); Hall of Fame (RAS) ’95 50 Bob Marley covers for Bob’s 50th birthday
  • Etana – On the Way; I Rise (VP) 2014 roots dawta
  • Lee Perry – Kentucky Skank; Double Seven (Trojan) ’73 about Kentucky Fried Chicken
  • Welton Irie – Bubbling Telephone; One and One = Two (JA) 4:20 Cannabis Service Announcement
  • Adrian Sherwood feat. Bim Sherman & Prince Far I  – Pass the Rizzla; 10″ (Green Tea) 2001 mutant dub herbtune

Set 2:

  • Peter Tosh – African; Kentucky Fried Rockers (bootleg) live at the Rupp Arena, Lexington KY

<Tosh opened for the Rolling Stones on the ’78 Some Girls tour; 58 sec.>

  • Dillinger – Don’t Watch Your Wife; Top Ranking  Dillinger (Rhino UK) ’77; dj to Hortense Ellis on Melody Life
  • Tchiya Amet – Reservtion Ragtime Blues; 
  • Earth Disciples – So Come On; 10″ (Music Works) early 80’s JA Gussie Clarke prod’n
Tosh was booed when he opened on the ’78 Stones tour

Set 3: Best of Smile Jamaica 28+ Years 

  • Third World – Tribal War; 96 Degrees in the Shade (Mango) ’76 
  • Hortense Ellis – Breakfast in Bed; I’m Still in Love With You (Heartbeat/Studio One) ’70 Dusty Springfield cover
  • Norris Reid – Protect Them; Rockers International (Greensleeves) ’80 Augustus Pablo prod’n
  • Black Uhuru – Sensimilla; Liberation Anthology (Island) herbtune
  • Mikey Dread – East Portland Dub; Dread at the Controls (Dread at the Controls) ’79 Dub Album of the Hour

Set 4: 7″ Jamaican Jukebox

<I collect 7″ 45 as an adult. Baseball cards as a youth; 18 sec.>

  • Danny Ray – Revolution Rock; 7″ (High Note) ’76 Clash original
  • Bobby Melody – Let It Be; 7″ (Errol T) Melodians update
  • Steve Baswell – I Am Getting Bad; 7′ (Phase One) ’77
  • Johnny Lover – Ital Locks; 7″ (Clocktower) ’75 dj to Curly Locks
  • Cedric ‘Im Brooks – Theme From Shaft; 7″ (Soul Jazz) Isaac Hayes cover
The Clash covered this on London Calling

Set 5: Vinyl Is Vital

  • The Wailing Wailers – Ten Commandments of Love; Wailing Wailers (Studio One) ’66 JA vinyl is vital set: Moonglows doo wop cover

<Wailers do doo wop; 74 sec.>

  • I Three – Sing Joy; Beginning (EMI America) ’86 US – Bob’s female back ups
  • Inner Circle – Tired Fe Lick Weed in a Bush; The Real Thing (Capitol) ’76 US herb tune
  • Icarus – Land of Tarot; State of Mind (Russian Roulette) ’84 UK
  • Armagideon – Spiral Galaxy; 12″ EP (Dubhead) ’98 UK mutant dub

Set 6: Rockers do Reggae

  • Cyndi Lauper – Witness; She’s So Unusual (Portrait) ’83 Rockers do Reggae Set
  • Garland Jeffreys feat. Big Youth – Graveyard Rock; Escape Artist (Epic) ’81 NYC multiracial rocker
  • Eric Clapton – Knockin’ On Heaven’s Door; Crossroads (Polydor) ’74 Bob Dylan cover
  • The Clash feat. Mikey Dread – One More Time + Dub; Sandinista! (Epic) ’80
  • King Jammy Meets Dry & Heavy in the Jaws of the Tiger – Do Dub Up Your Fight  (BSI) 2001 Dub Album of the Hour
Cyndi Lauper on Smile Jamaica WTR?

Set 7:

  • The Wailers – Stir It Up; Live 1973-1975 (Starbucks) live on the BBC; May 24, 1973 at the Paris Theatre; London

<Live on the BBC>

  • Phyllis Dillon – Woman of the Ghetto; Mojo and Trojan Present Reggae Nuggets (Mojo Magazine) ’72
  • Jah Rej – Binghi in the Jungle; 10″ (Jah Works) 2002 UK militant steppers
Free reggae CD with Sept. 2018 issue of Mojo Magazine

Set 8: Mutant Dub

  • Thievery Corporation feat. Shana Halligan – Love Has No Heart; Temple of I & I (ESL) 2017 DC dubbers: Mutant Dub Set
  • Young Gods – Dub the Sun (Mad Professor Mix); King Size Dub vol. 2 (Echo Beach) 2001
  • Destroy Babylon – Barriers; Shadow Army (MusicADD) 2008 NY
  • Tena Stelin – Intelligent Design; 10″ (Roots Hi-Tek) 2006 UK

Smile Jamaica Ark-Ives: Jah-bruary 14, 2015 (Stream + Tracklist): Happy Valentine’s Day!

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Greetings,

Happy Bob-ruary, Jah-bruary, Herb-ruary!

 

I have been doing Roots Reggae Radio for about 27 years now. Thousands of hours and most of it is devoted to Heavy Roots

<Smile Jamaica – The King’s Music, Jamaican Blues>

Smile Jamaica’s prevailing themes for 25+ Years:

  • socialism (small s)Reggae the music of the community. The music of the Underdog. Universality for sure-ty. No isms and schisms!
  • Rastafari – I am myself not a Rasta but consider myself a Rasta empathizer who acts as a missionary for Jah’s Gospel and let you decide. It’s good enough just to enjoy the inspiration of the lyrics along with the groove of the Beat.
  • Politrix and politics – I did political interviews for 9 years as The Angry Liberal. Reggae music was talking about what Occupy Wall Street championed 40 years before the Greenspan RecessionReggae music totally influenced my personal politics of peace and love to all. No war, no racism, no sexism, no exploitation

The one music sub genre I play somewhat sparingly is Lover’s Rock. Romantic Reggae. I will play romantic tunes if it has a hard riddim. But  lyrically that’s never been a big motivator.

Every Saturday I bring down about 200 pieces of music. I get to play about 33 per week (Natch!) The gems I pull out of the crate tend to be Orthodox Roots and earsplitting Dubwize.

<At the Smile Jamaica Ark-Ives: I put the Fun in Roots Fundamentalism>

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Not much of this for 25+ years of Smile Jamaica…
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…but a whole lot of this. “Screwface know a who fi frighten”. Bob Marley

Don’t kid yourself. There is plenty of great Lover’s Rock in the Smile Jamaica Ark-Ives. I played the best of it for 3 Hours – Lover’s Rock Showcase.

<Smile Jamaica: Happy Valentine’s Day; 20 sec.>

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Smile Jamaica Annotated Playlist: Jah-bruary 14, 2015: Happy Valentine’s Day; 33 and 1/3 sec.

Set 1:

  • Melodians – Passion Love; Irie Feeling (RAS) ’83 DC Vinyl
  • Black Slate Meets Soul Syndicate – Moodie in Dub (Moodie) ’78 Dub Album of the Week
  • The Dynamics – Whole Lotta Love; Version Excursion (Groove Attack) 2007; Led Zeppelin cover feat. Female vox
  • Aswad – Star of My Show; To the Top (Simba) ’86 UK; Aswad means “black” in Arabic, Amharic

<Out of thousands, one of the first 10 Smile Jamaica Ark-Ives – Aswad “To the Top”; 22 sec.>

  • Lacksley Castell – Princess Lady; Princess Lady (Negus Roots) ’83 youth voiced singer

<Reggae History Lesson: Only the Good die Young – Lacksley Castell; 24 sec.>

  • Maxine Miller – How Many Times; Showcase (Wackie’s) ’80 Brooklyn vinyl; Bob Marley cover
  • Johnny Clarke – No Woman No Cry; Jah Live (Music Club); Marley covers CD
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Probably within the first 10 disks added to the Smile Jamaica Ark-Ives 1986; Tower Records, Las Vegas

 Set 2: 

  • Prince + Princess Buster – Ten Commandments of Man to Woman; Woman to Man; Sings His Hit Song Ten Commandments (RCA) ‘67

<Answer Record: Lover’s Quarrel? 19 sec.>

  • Dennis Brown – If I Had the World; Complete A & M Years (A & M)

<Crown Prince of Reggae: Dennis Brown; 29 sec.>

  • Dillinger – Take Care of Your Wife; King Pharaoh (Blue Moon) ’84 UK vinyl over Melody Life

<Dillinger’s Marital advice: Don’t stab your wife with a knife! 19 sec.>

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Prince Buster invented talkover sound. Shared a label with Elvis

 Set 3: Wailers Family Tree

  • Marcia Griffiths – Melody Life; Naturally (Shanachie) ’78
  • Judy Mowatt – Love Seed; Mellow Mood (Ashandan) ’75 JA vinyl
  • Rita Marley – Play Play; Rita Marley (Trident) ’80 UK vinyl
  • Bob Marley & the Wailers – Is This Love; Africa Unite (Tuff Gong) Request
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A+ Record from the Smile Jamaica Ark-Ives

 Set 4:

  • Bob Marley & the Wailers – There She Goes; Mellow Mood (Toplin) doo wop style
  • Aisha – Love Is So Simple; High Priestess (Ariwa) ’88
  • Ken Boothe – My Love; The Black Album (Trojan); McCartney cover on Beatles Reggae CD

<Smile Jamaica Conspiracy Theory: Lennon’s assassination led to Ebony & Ivory; 26 sec.>

  • Gregory Isaacs – Night Nurse; 12” (Island) ’80
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Smile Jamaica Ark-Ives’s least favorite Beatle

Set 5: Rated R

<Rated R – for Roots!>

  • Johnny Osbourne – Ice Cream Love; Biggest Dancehall Anthems 1979-1982 (Greensleeves) ‘80

<Ice Cream Love – Oral Sex metaphor? 14 sec.>

  • Cassandra – Thank You For the Many Things You’ve Done; Babylon Soundtrack (EMI) ’80 UK

<Reggae History Lesson: Lover’s Rock in UK; 13 sec.>

  • Dub Tonic Kru – Sunshine Girl/Rub a Dub Love; Dub Tonic (Dubtonic Kru) 2011
  • Heptones – Soul Sister; Legends From Studio One (Trench Town) JA vinyl; Allen Toussaint cover
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Ice cream Love = Rastas comment on oral sex?

<Secret History of Jamaica: Ice Cream Love; 29 sec.>

Johnny Osbourne – Ice Cream Love Lyrics

I don’t want no ice cream love,
That’s too cold for me, little girl.
I don’t want no ice cream love, girl can’t you see?

I want a love that’s warmer than the summer sunshine,
I want a love that’s as warm as mine,
Because my love, is warmer than a chocolate fudge.
Because my love, is warmer than a chocolate fudge.

And that is why, I don’t want no ice cream love,
It is too cold for me, girl.
I don’t want no ice cream love, it is too cold, can’t you see, little girl?
I don’t want no ice cream love,
It’s too cold for me.

Love in the winter,
Should be warmer than the summer sun..
But if you’re giving me a ice cream love, little girl, that’s no fun,
And that is why I say,
Because my love, is warmer than a chocolate fudge.
I say, my love, is warmer than a chocolate fudge.

No-no-no, ice cream love, too cold for me.
No-no-no, ice cream love at all.
No-no-no-no.. ice cream love,
It’s too cold for me..

Set 6:

  • Yellowman – Morning Ride; Biggest Dancehall Anthems 1979-1982 (Greensleeves) ‘81

<Yellowman not talking about his daily commute!; 29 sec.>

  • Beres Hammond – My Whole World; Soul Reggae (Wait a Bit) ‘79
  • Meditations – Stranger in Love; History of Tamoki Wambesi (Tamoki Wambesi); Roy Cousins prod’n
  • Martha Velez – Happiness; Angels of the Future/Past (Sire) ’76; Rocker does Rita Marley feat. The Wailers/Lee Perry; 19 sec.
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The Morning Ride. Yellowman not talking about his commute

Set 7:

  • John Holt – Have You Ever Been in Love; Special Request to All Music Lovers (Hitbound) Lovers Rock compilation
  • The Gaylads – Little Candle; Vision of Reggae (Tamoki Wambesi) Roy Cousins prod’n; UK Vinyl
  • 15 16 17 – Girls Imagination; Magic Touch (DEB) ’77 UK female family; Just My Imagination update; 19 sec.
  • Barrington Levy – I Love I Love You; Poor Man Style (Trojan) ’82 UK vinyl
  • Mighty Diamonds – Pretty Woman; Indestructible (Bad Gong); Best of 
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England’s first family of Lover’s Rock

Set 8: Mutant Dub Lovers

<You’ve got Dubstep inna mi Lover’s Rock; 15 sec.>

  • Hollie Cook – Shadow Kissing; Hollie Cook (Mr. Bongo); Mutant Dubstress Lovers Set. Dawta of Sex Pistol
  • Likkle Mai – My Old Flame; Roots Candy (Beat) 2005; Jah-ponese female

<Jah-ponese songbird; 19 sec.>

  • New Age Steppers feat. Ari Up – Some Love; Foundation Steppers (ON U Sound) UK vinyl female vox; Chaka Khan cover
  • Sevendub – My Only Lover (Unauthorized Mix); Dub Club Edition (Collision) 2005 Jah-many
  • Singers & Players – Thing Called Love (Don’t Fight); Revenge of the Underdog (ON U Sound) ’82 UK
  • Bob Marley & the Wailers – Waiting in Vain; Dreams of Freedom (Axiom) ’97 Bill Laswell: Ambients Translations of Bob Marley in Dub
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Adorable Mutant Dubstress Hollie Cook. Smile Jamaica’s Valentine