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Smile Jamaica Ark-Ives: July 18, 2015 (Stream + Tracklist): 27 Years of Reggae Radio II – The 80’s

 

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Ronnie Raygun is to blame

Greetings,

<Thanks for the positive feedback spinning Reggae Radio for 27 years! bless, robt; 17 sec.>

I have been fortunate enough to do Reggae Radio for 27 years now. July 1988-Aug. 1989 Graveyard stylee on 3 o’clock Roadblock (3 to 6am) Then by pure good luck of timing I moved over to Saturday Afternoons with Smile Jamaica (4 to 7 pm.) Oct. 1989-

<Much love to Juan Verde – John Greene. Who hired me to work for free on KRCL way back in 1988; 44 sec.>

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John Greene, or as I call him Juan Verde, headman of KUER radio. Used to manage KRCL. The Lion of Community Radio in Utah

I got accepted into grad school at UCLA but didn’t get a fellowship so I stayed put in Utah. Worked my way into the U of U’s academic library about the same time as I did Smile Jamaica.

Planted my flag and never left both institutions. Last week I decided to celebrate that legacy with a stroll down musical memory lane. Tried to recreate my first show. Being a Librarian I put all my faves into some semblance of chronological order. Pretty much from 1970-1979 for 3 hours.

Had lots of great listener feedback. Thanking me for 27 years of service and killer music selection. When you have something in the neighborhood of 10,000 pieces of Reggae. 30 songs out of that Ark-Ive are are hard as diamond.

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Why I have never moved from Salt Lake City. Too much hassle to move all this!

But I didn’t get into Reggae until 1986. So my contemporary absorption of Reggae would have been the 80’s era.

This week’s Podcast Ark-Ive celebrates that era.

  • Bob Marley died 1981
  • Yellowman became King of Reggae: slackness began to ascend while Roots started to wobble when Edward CIA-ga, the right wing Ronald Reagan fan took over Jamaica. The Socialists fell away and the Rastas lost their power base.
  • Cocaine took over for Ganja
  • Like all genres in the 80’s synthesized music began to replace traditional drum and bass.
  • Dancehall eclipsed Roots Reggae
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Edward Seaga. Called by the Rastas CIA-ga. Right wing Neoliberal PM of Jamaica. Eradicated the weed while cocaine and dancehall took over culturally

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I was alienated by modern dancehall. My contemporary fix was more into Mutant Dub. I paint a rather bleak picture!

But there was some great Roots Reggae even if the riddims started to blend traditional Reggae with digital drum and bass. This show fixates on the best of the 80’s Reggae that I collected alongside Reggae Revives and 70’s rarities.

I learned from the deejay on Smile Jamaica when I was a civilian listener, John “Rutabaga” Reese. He had the best Roots Reggae instincts of anyone around. I used to listen like the student I was, notebook in hand, jotting down names and titles of killer shots. One after another. Then I would take my list to the Bay Area and spend my student loan money building my Roots Collection; 22 sec.

bless, robt

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Former Smile Jamaica host Rutabaga Reese turned me on to this. Best of the 80’s today

Here’s what’s on tap for the Smile Jamaica Ark-Ives: July 18, 2015 – Best of 27 Years Version 2: Favorite 80’s: 1980-1988; 1 min. 52 sec.

Set 1:

  • Black Uhuru – Party Next Door; Anthem (Island) ‘84

<During 3 O’Clock Roadblock I led off each show with a Black Uhuru jam; 29 sec.>

  • Jah Shaka Meets Aswad – Addis Ababa; In Addis Ababa (Jah Shaka) ’84 Dub Album of the Week
  • Peter Tosh – Reggaemyelitis; Wanted Dread & Alive (EMI America) ’81

<My first reggae LP; Xmas ‘81. Thanks Mom!; 15 sec.>

  • The Beat (aka The English Beat) – Tears of a Clown; I Just Can’t Stop It (Go Feet) ’80; 2 Tone Ska; Smokey Robinson cover

<The Beat called English Beat in US to avoid confusion over SoCal new wave/power pop group; 27 sec.>

  • John Holt – Police in Helicopter; Police in Helicopter (Greensleeves) ’82; 4:20 Cannabis Service Announcement

<John Holt – You burn down our weed fields, we’ll burn down your sugar cane and cassava fields; 31 sec.>

  • Black Slate – Reggae Music; Amigo (bbr) ’80 UK
  • Michael Prophet – Help Them Please; Gunman (Greensleeves) ‘80
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#1 of thousands. Play on word: Not Wanted Dead or Alive. Wanted Dread and Alive

<Reggaemyelitis – There is no cure!; 25 sec.>

Set 2:

  • Bob Marley & the Wailers – Coming in From the Cold; Uprising (Tuff Gong) ‘80
  • Ranking Roger & Blue Riddim – America and Russia/Selective Service System (Nancy Goes to Moscow); 12” (ORA) La Habra, CA
  • Linton Kwesi Johnson – Street 66; Bass Culture (Mango) ’80 UK dub poet
  • The Selecter – Three Minute Hero; Too Much Pressure (2 Tone) ’80 UK; 2 Tone ska
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Let ’em eat jelly beans

Set 3:

  • Dennis Brown – If I Had the World; Foul Play (A & M) ‘81
  • Aswad – Back to Africa; Showcase (Mango) ’81 UK
  • Rastafarians – Hold on Jah Jah Children; Orthodox (Makasound) ’81 Santa Cruz, CA
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Dennis Brown – The Crown Prince of Reggae. Died in 1999 of pneumonia. 42 years young. Member of Jah’s Heavenly Choir

Set 4:

  • Steel Pulse – Ravers; True Democracy (Elektra) ’82 UK
  • Peter Broggs – Rastafari Liveth!; Rastafari Liveth! (RAS) ‘82
  • Fab 5 – Ooh! Ahh!; Countryman (Mango) ’82 sountrack
  • Gregory Isaacs – Night Nurse; Night Nurse (Mango) ‘82

<Jah’s Heavenly Choir: The Crown Prince of Reggae and his bredrin The Cool Ruler; 11 sec.>

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Gregory Isaacs – The Cool Ruler. Passed away of lung cancer, 2010. 59 years young

Set 5:

  • Twinkle Brothers – Since I Throw the Comb Away; Live at Reggae Sunsplash (Genes) Aug. 7, 1982 Montego Bay, JA

<Since I Throw the Comb Away – lost my job, my family and my girl; 27 sec.>

  • Mutabaruka – Everytime A Ear de Soun; Check It! (Alligator) ’83 dub poet
  • Prince Far I – Survival; Umkhonto we Sizwe – Spear of the Nation (Tamoki Wambesi) ’83

<Prince Far I: You know a rude bwoy by the way he wears his cap; 34 sec.>

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Gravel voiced deejay. Murdered in mysterious circumstances 1983. “Don’t drink Schweppes, drink Heineken”

Set 6:

  • Bad Brains – Rally Round Jah Throne; Rock For Light (Caroline) ’83 DC Rasta punks do reggae

<Bad Brains produced by The Cars – Ric Ocasek; 19 sec.>

  • Aisha – Prophecy; High Priestess (Ariwa) ’88; Faybiane Miranda cover
  • Bunny Wailer – Ceasefire; Roots, Radics, Rockers, Reggae (Shanachie) ’83 herbtune

<United States vs. Iran – Ceasefire 2015. Light the chalice! 26 sec.>

  • Don Carlos – Jah Jah Hear My Plea; Prophecy (Blue Moon) ‘84
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Urmia, Iran. My grandfather Jibrael from the Assyrian village of Borashan near the Lake

Set 7:

  • Ini Kamoze – General; Mini LP (Taxi) ‘84
  • Sister Carol – Jah Is Mine; Black Cinderella (Jah Life) ’84 Michael Jackson/Carpenters mashup

<Sister Carol singjay: singing mixed with deejay, toasting; 16 sec.>

  • Roots Radics – Everywhere Natty Go; Freelance (Kingdom) ‘85

<Freelance album: held hostage in UK til they recorded an album since Gregory Isaacs was a no show; 39 sec.>

  • Yellowman – Strong Mi Strong; King Yellowman (Columbia) ’84 Bill Laswell
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One of the first 10 Lps added to the Smile Jamaica Ark-Ives, 1986. All killer, no filler!

Set 8:

  • UB40 – All I Want to Do; Rat in Mi Kitchen (A & M) ’86 UK

<Traded a cassette dub of this album for U of U football tickets when a linebacker from Collie-fornya heard this booming out of my dorm room 1986; 28 sec.>

  • Sophia George – Girlie, Girlie; For Everyone (Pow Wow) ‘86
  • Toots Hibbert – Love and Happiness; In Memphis (Mango) ’88 Al Green cover
  • Alpha Blondy & the Wailers – Jerusalem; Jerusalem (Shanachie) ’86; Cote d’Ivoire artist
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Livicated to dreads listening in Mali, West Africa

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Smile Jamaica Ark-Ives: Bob-ruary 21, 2015 (Stream + Tracklist): Roots Quality for Sure-ty!

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Tribute to the man called Bob Marley. The musical hero. If you see him, give him my regards…Prince Far I

 

Greetings,

Good news out of Jamaica!

<Collie Weed decriminalized on the Island; 17 sec.>

Here’s what on tap for Bob-ruary 21, 2015: Smile Jamaica Ark-Ives’ 81 sec.

  • Marley Tributes
  • Wailers Family Tree
  • Roots Dawtas
  • Disco Mix 12″
  • Vinyl is Vital (all livicated to Bob)
  • Jamaican Jukebox 7″ 45 RPM
  • Mutant Dub

bless, robt

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Annotated Playlist; soudbytes, photos, captions, Reggae History lessons

Set 1:

  •  Bloodfire Posse – Every Posse Get Flat; Are You Ready (Columbia) ’86 UK vinyl

<Reggae History Lesson: Get Flat – a type of Jamaican dance; 82 sec.>

  • Martin Campbell vs. Alien Dread – Rebel Salute; Inna Cosmic Dub Clash (Channel One UK) 2007; Dub Album of the Week; Mutant Dub style
  • Cedella Marley Booker – Redemption Song; Awake Zion (Rykodisc) ’84 Bob’s mom in tribute
  • Easy Star All Stars feat. Gary “Nesta” Pine & Dollarman – Money; Dub Side of the Moon (Easy Star) 2003 Pink Floyd cover

<4 down, 46 to go!; 25 sec.>

  • Triston Palma – Collie Man; Dancehall 2 (Soul Jazz) 4:20 Cannabis Service Announcement
  • Kim Harriott – Woman of the Ghetto; 12” (Crystal) ’79 soul cover of Marlena Shaw; 18 sec.
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Bunny Wailer lights a candle to celebrate Jamaica decriminalizing cannabis. No cannabliss!

Set 2: Wailer Family Tree

  • The Wailers – Midnight Ravers; Burnin’ (Deluxe Edition) 11/23/73 Live at Leeds Polytechnic UK
  • Peter Tosh – I Am That I Am; Talking Revolution (Pressure Sounds) Acoustic: WXFM Jah-cago, Ill. Live in the studio
  • Bunny Wailer – Want to Come Home; Liberation (Shanachie) ‘88
  • Abyssinians – Jah Marley; Last Days (Tabou1) ’97 Marley tribute
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Jah-bruary, herb-ruary, Bob-ruary. Excuse me while I light my spliff

Set 3: Best of Smile Jamaica Year 1 – 1988/89

  • The Selecter – Too Much Pressure; Too Much Pressure (2 Tone) ’80; UK ska feat. Pauline Black on vox
  • Ruts DC and the Mad Professor – Whatever We Do; Rhythm Collision Dub (ROIR) ‘82

<Punk Dub; 39 sec.>

  • Israel Vibration – Cool and Calm; Strength of My Life (RAS) ‘88

<Reggae History Lesson: Polio Rastas; 15 sec.>

  • Dennis Brown & Gregory Isaacs – Jealousy; No Contest (VP) ‘87

<Prince Neville’s Reggae Runnings; San Francisco, Colly-fornya; 77 sec.>

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Smile Jamaica’s favorite Dancehall album

Set 4:

Toots Hibbert & Sly & Robbie – Come and Get It; Art of McCartney (Arctic Poppy) 2014 tribute

Carol Kalphat & Clint Eastwood – African Land + Ethiopia; 12” (Hit Run) ‘79

<Reggae History Lesson: Lebanese/Syrians in Jamaica; 26 sec.>

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Lebanese-Jamaican President of Jamaica. Rastas called him CIA-ga

Set 5: Vinyl is Vital – Bob Marley Tributes

<Reggae History Lesson: Bob Marley Tributes in 1981, Bob’s passing; 17 sec.>

  • Prince Far I – Tribute to Bob Marley; Voice of Thunder (Trojan) ’81 UK; Vinyl Tribute to Bob Marley

<Prince Far I – The Voice of Thunder; 14 sec.>

  • Sue Chaloner – Missing Mr. Marley; 12” (CNR) ‘84
  • Tinga Stewart – Musical King; Key to Your Heart (Calabash) ’83 Miami FL
  • Jah Thomas – Tribute to the Reggae King; Tribute to Reggae King (Gorgon) ’81 JA
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Old Testament Fire and Brimstone

Set 6:

  • Alpha Blondy – Mystic Night Move; Masada (World Pacific) ‘’92; Tribute to Marley
  • Bob Marley & the Wailers – Hypocrites; Fy-ah, Fy-ah (JAD) request
  • Zema – Swap; Black Sheep (Melchizedek) Los Jah-ngeles, Colly-fornya female roots singer
  • Winston Reedy & Tim Hain – Reggae Man; 12” (Priority)  ’87 UK; Marley Tribute
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Celebrating Bob-ruary

Set 7: Jamaican Jukebox 45 RPM

  • Charley Ace – Country Boy; 7” (Giant) herb tune

<Reggae History Lesson – Labrish – Jamaican patois for “shooting the shit”; 14 sec.>

  • Chiba – Evil Men; 7” (Chiba) ‘95
  • Martin Williams – Never Give Up; 7” (Mandingo)
  • Creoles – I Don’t Know; 7” (Village)
  • Benjamin Zephaniah – Riot in Progress; Dub Ranting 7” (Radical Wallpaper) ’82; UK dub poet, pic sleeve
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Rare herbtune from the Smile Jamaica Ark-Ives

Set 8: Mutant Dub

  • Alpha & Omega – Jah Almighty; Everyday Life (A & O) ’93 UK trance dubbers
  • Dreadzone feat. Earl 16 – Zion Youth; Second Light (Virgin) ‘95
  • Zion Train – Healing of the Nation; CD Single (China) ’95 feat. Female vox; herbtune
  • Ras Command – Interlude No. 1 (Puffin Mix); Serious Smokers (Waveform); 2000 herbtune, best of
  • Brother Culture – Foundation Rockers; Twilight Circus Dub SoundSystem – Remixed : Dubwise (M) 2004 Holland
  • African Head Charge – The Race; Great Vintage vol. 1 (ON U Sound) ’89; Adrian Sherwood
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UK trance dub. Smile Jamaica’s favorite Mutant Dub group