Thinking of the taste, listen to the drum and the bass
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
Smile Jamaica Annotated Playlist: Sept. 8, 2018; 47 Sec.
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
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
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
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
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
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
My first semester at college – Montana State, Fall 1983:
Soviet Union shot down a Korean jet liner
Beirut bombing of US army barracks killing hundreds
America invaded Grenada
It looked like the Cold War was getting “thawed”. Yet, by the time I graduated from the University of Utah in 1989, the wall had fallen and the Cold War was over.
Not so fast….
Wheel it forward to 2016. Trump defeats Hillary. How could that have happened? Let’s blame the Russians. Add in Syria and Ukraine, the recent aggressive update of our Nuclear Response Review. And 1 Trillion in nuclear “improvements.” Mueller’s investigation and innuendo against Russian “hacking”.
Rachel Maddow might call me Ivan, but the reality is:
Russia, no longer the Soviet Union, is feeling the strain of a new Cold War. Their incumbent President, Vladimir Putin, has an election of his own next week. His State of the Nation was a warning to America and its allies.
I no longer do Radioactive political interviews on KRCL but I still follow the news. I am worried a confrontation in the Syrian Panhandle could lead to World War III.
Of course, my antennae is attuned to Reggae as prophecy. I played a Justin Hinds song on this Smile Jamaica Ark-Ive edition that brought me right back to Sept. 1983.
So until the bombs drop, enjoy this March edition of Smile Jamaica. Forward ever, backwards never. War Time is over!
Smile Jamaica Ark-Ives: March , 2018 Annotated Playlist; 100 sec.
Devon Russell – Homebound Train; High Times All-Star Explosion (Alligator) ’85 vinyl Chicago blues label
Scientist – Hail HIM Dub; High Priest of Dub (Tamoki Wambesi) ’82 UK vinyl dub album of the hour
Before the crappy Digital Millennium Copyright ACT (DMCA) I used to spin one half of an album midway on Smile Jamaica. Usually something rare that hadn’t been issued on CD (much less digital).
Orrin Hatch put a stop to that.
DMCA verboten: Can’t play more than 4 songs by the same artist
DMCA verboten: Can’t play more than three songs in a row of any one album.
So I switched up a new tradition: Rockers do Reggae
I ‘n’ I am a music obsessive who listens to a lot more than Reggae. So I have 2 CD Suitcases and then some of Rock, Soul, Jazz, Punk artists doing (usually) one shot Reggae riffs.
Every once in a while someone pitches a bitch. Got a nasty email when playing UK angry rocker Graham Parker’s soul riff down rub a dub “More Questions than Answers”.
Another time I had a caller asking me when Smile Jamaica would be over because I played a Camper Van Beethoven ska tune!
But you gotta trust me. Reggae is universal. Not all of it is great, but some of it is right on.
With that in mind enjoy this week’s Ark-Ive and listen for: Last week it was jazbo Herbie Mann. Get set this week – Ella Fitzgerald, Eric Clapton, Bad Brains, Judy (Mowatt) does Jerry (Garcia). From Bad Brains to Bob Dylan.
Smile Jamaica Ark-Ives: Jah-gust 5, 2017 Annotated Playlist; 90 sec.
Brigadier Jerry – Jah Jah Move; Jamaica Jamaica (RAS) ’85 DC vinyl
Desmond & Joe – Bristol Rock; Dubbing in the U.K. (Starlight) UK vinyl dub album of the hour
Peter Tosh – Coming in Hot; Honorary Citizen (Columbia/Legacy) ’82 Boulder, Collie-radio live
Bad Brains – Leaving Babylon; Babylon Central Soundtrack (ESL) ’83 DC punk-dubbers
Capital Letters – Rumours; Headline News (Greensleeves) ’79 UK youth group
<Headline News? Roots Reggae vs. The CIA News Network; 13 sec.>
Gracy & the Herbman Band – Forward Up; See Mi Yah (Funfundvierzig) ’91 Germ. Female herbtune
John Holt – Police In Helicopter; 12” (Holt) ’81 siren mix: 4:20 Cannabis Service Announcement
<Police Siren in your rearview? Johnny Law or Smile Jamaica? 32 sec.>
Bob Marley & the Wailers – So Much Things to Say; Exodus 40 (Tuff Gong) ’77 original + 2017 Ziggy rmx
<Celebrating 28 Years of Reggae Radio- best of the early years; 28 sec.>
Spring of 1988 my college roommate and I were having pizza at The Pie near the University of Utah campus. They were playing the local community radio station, KRCL over their hi fi.
We heard for a new volunteer call. My roommate was doing modern 80’s indie sounds and I was doing Reggae on the Univ. of Utah’s radio club K-UTE. Even on that low frills setup (they only broadcast in the Student Union) we had some radio experience. How to mix songs, do set breaks, maintain logs etc.
So we went down to KRCL and pitched our shows. KRCL was set for modern indie sounds but they wanted to expand their ethnic music programming. They accepted my application to do a Sunday Night/Monday AM show I called 3 o’clock Roadblock – after the Bob Marley song on Natty Dread. The show went from 3AM to 6AM.
After about six weeks of training, I debuted either late June or early July 1988. For the nite owls, insomniacs and graveyard workers. Not a lot of listeners but I learned radio. I did that for a year or so (during the coldest winter in 40 years.) I had to call AAA twice that winter.
In Oct. of ’89, I switched to Saturdays on Smile Jamaica. We were on at 1pm back in the 80’s. My bredren Rutaabaga Reese and I together until about summer of 1990 and then I flew solo. And I just keep on keeping on!
So we celebrate that legacy today with 28 years of Roots Reggae and Dubwize!
Smile Jamaica’s Top 5 Salt Lake City Record Stores, 1986-1990
Smokey’s Records; (defunct mid 90’s)
Cosmic Aeroplane (defunct around ’90)
Randy’s Records (still going, mostly vinyl now!)
Starbound (defunct mid 2000’s)
Mad Platter (defunct)
Smile Jamaica Ark-Ives: July 16, 2016: Annotated Playlist – 28 Years: CD version; 17 sec.
Black Uhuru – What Is Life? (E.T. Thorngren rmx); Anthem (Island) ’83
<It was Black Uhuru that made me a Reggae fanatic; 1 min 3 sec.>
Impact! All-Stars; Java; Java Java Dub (Impact!) ’72 UK vinyl: Dub Album of the Hour
Naturalites & Realistics – Picture on the Wall; Rub-a-Dubble vol. 1 (CSA) ’86 UK
<#1 hit of the Islands – Picture on the Wall; 31 sec.>
Yellowman – Nobody Move, Nobody Get Hurt; Nobody Move, Nobody Get Hurt (Greensleeves) ‘83
Peter Broggs – International Farmer; International Farmer (RAS) ’82 4:20 Cannabis Service Announcement
Natural Beauty – Nice Up Dancee; Nice Up Dancee (RAS) ’86 UK dawta trio
Set 2: Seven Leaf Set; 13 aec.
Carlton Livingston – Trodding Through the Jungle; Retrospect (Grapevine)
Equators – Feelin’ High; Hot (Stiff) ’81 UK ska
Benjamin Zephaniah – Get High; Rasta (Workers Playtime) ’83 UK
Capital Letters – Smoking My Ganja; 12” Mix; Headline News (Greensleves) ’79 UK youth group
Third World – 96 Degrees in the Shade; 96 Degrees in the Shade (Mango) ‘77
<Jamaican Heroes martyred in their fight against the Brits; 32 sec.>
Aisha – Evil Spirits; High Priestess (Ariwa) ’88 Mad Prof.
The Beat – Tears of a Clown; I Just Can’t Stop It (Go-Feet) ’80 Smokey Robinson 2 Tone ska cover
Don Carlos – Jah, Jah Hear My Plea; Prophecy (Blue Moon) ‘84
Chalawa – Natural Mystic Dub; Exodus Dub (Micron) ’77 Can. Dub cover of Bob Marley
Set 4: Wailers Family Tree; 23 sec.
Peter Tosh – Till Your Well Runs Dry; Legalize It (Columbia) ’76, William Bell cover
Bunny Wailer – Burial; Sings the Wailers (Mango) ’81, Tosh cover
Bob Marley & the Wailers – 3 o’clock Roadblock; Countryman Soundtrack (Mango) ’82: diff. mix: the name of my 1988-89 Reggae show; 1min.
Set 4: Wailers Family Tree – Sistas
Rita Marley – Beauty of God’s Plan; Harambe (Shanachie) ’82
Judy Mowatt – Put It On; Black Woman (Shanachie) ’76 Bob Marley cover
Or read the story and look below for the Annotated Playlist
Aww, strolling down memory lane. 25 years every Saturday on Smile Jamaica. As 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:
Lee Perry’s brooding Black Ark sound
Adrian Sherwood’s Mutant Dub ON U Sound label
The Clash – discovered Reggae via UK punkers before Marley, Tosh and Bunny
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!
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)
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)
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)
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)
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)
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)
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)