Smile Jamaica loves Halloween. Or Jah-loween as I call it. Plenty of Reggae songs dealing with the Undead. Tapping into the superstitious nature of many Reggae artists. I harvest about 2 cd suitcases, 1 bag of 7″ 45s and a crate full of vinyl devoted to….
Satan, Vampires, Ghosts & Duppies, Frankenstein, Zombies and other evil forces and black magicians..
In between, I stitched in a whole heap of Halloween movies trailers: Wolfman, Frankenstein and Young Franenstein, Nosferatu and many more.
So in the words of Lee “Scratch” Perry: Pick up your cross and follow me!
Ini Kamoze – Hole in the Pumpkin; Shocking Out (Greensleeves) ’87
Yabby You – Anti-Christ; One Love One Heart (Shanachie) ‘75
Scientist – The Curse of the Mummy; Scientist Rids the World of the Evil Curse of the Vampires (Greensleeves) ‘81
Yellowman – Me Kill Barnie; Them a Mad Over Me (Hitbound) ’82 – soap opera Vampire Barnabas Collins
Future Pigeon – The Mummy; Echodelic Sounds of Future Pigeon (Record Collection) 2006 LA
Niney the Observer – The Ghost & the Duppy; Freaks (Heartbeat) ‘96
Prince Alla – Evil Forces; Sweet Sensation (Corner Stone) ‘84
The Reddies – Voodoo Woman; Cultivation (Thereddies.com) 2009 Jah-stin Texas
Max Romeo – I Chase the Devil; War in a Babylon (Mango) ‘76
Ghetto Priest – Dungeon; Vulture Culture (ON U Sound) 2003 UK cover of Singers & Players original
Laurel Aitken – Witchdoctor From Fr. EP Amsterdam; Eskapade En France (Unicorn) ’90
Benjamin Zephaniah – Blood Sucker; Belly of the Beast (Ariwa) ’96 UK dub poet
Milton Henry – Them a Devil; Who Do You Think I Am (Wackie’s) ‘85
Black Uhuru – Black Uhuru Anthem; Anthem (Mango) ’83 – hard not to be a dread in this Dawn of the Living Dead
Roots Nation – Dungeon; Temperature’s Risin’ (Rare Roots) 2011 Dover, NH covers Willi Williams herb tune arrest
Lucky Dube – Dracula; Prisoner (Shanachie) ’90 South African
90 min. – 2 hr.
Peter Tosh – Mark of the Beast; 7” (Intel Diplo) ’73
Larry Marshall – Duppyman Skank; 7” (Moodisc) ’96;to all the fallen Jamaican singers (Duppy = ghost)
Nerious Joseph – Ole Vampire; 7” (Rad’s) UK
The Toyes – Monster Hash; The Toyes (CD Tunes) ’96 herbal update of Boris Pickett song
David Lindley & El Rayo-X – Werewolves of London; Very Greasy (Elektra) ’88 Warren Zevon cover (2 hr.)
2 – 2 and 1/2 hr.
Hooters – All You Zombies; All You Zombies (CBS) ’85 Rockers do Reggae
Dennis Brown – Black Magic Woman; Black Magic Woman (Trojan) ’72 Fleetwood Mac/Sanatana cover
Lone Ranger – Frankenstein; Barnabas in Collins Wood (Wave) ’79 JA vinyl
Clint Eastwood & General Saint – Talk About Run; 12” (Greensleeves) ’81 making out in the graveyard
Easy Star All Stars feat. Mikey General & Spragga Benz – Thriller; Thrillah (Easy Star) 2012 Michael Jackson cover
Something extraordinary was revealed today. Former high-level officials and scientists with deep black experience who have always remained in the shadows came forward on one platform. These insiders have long-standing connections to government agencies which may have programs investigating unidentifed aerial phenomena (UAP/UFOs).
Next stop on the Trump Derangement Express:
Who killed JFK? (If you put Governor John Connally in an elevated jump seat between the driver and the Kennedy’s sitting lower in the passenger seat, Oswald’s shooting lines up.) Sorry to disappoint!
Smile Jamaica Ark-Ives: Jah-tober 14, 2017 Annotated Playlist; 1 min. 21 sec.
Clint Eastwood – Jah Jah Forever; Love & Happiness (Burning Sounds) ’79 UK vinyl
Dread & Fred – Afrika Connection; Powerhouse (Dub Venture) ’95 UK vinyl dub album of the hour
Judy Mowatt – Many Are Called; Black Woman (Mango) ‘76
Black Uhuru – Leaving to Zion; Tear It Up Live (Mango) ’81 European tour
Junior Dan – Look Out For the Devil; 10” (Hi Try/Honest Jon’s) ‘77
Peter Tosh – Johnny B. Goode; Honorary Citizen (EMI America) ’82 live in Detroit
I get together with some bredrins every Friday afternoon for bourbon and music sessions.
Of course politics are a common topic with my mates. My buddy Aquaboy, Sandroid turned Hillbot, was fairly cocky that the polls showed Hillary way ahead. Evan McMullin was gonna win Utah.
I would look over at my buddy Free-Mike and give him a cold stare and said, “When we meet next Friday, you will all be stunned.” Aquaboy would scoff. Who’s scoffing now?
My main blog roll is the Libertarian site, Zerohedge. Run by Bulgarian hedgefunders who predicted the 2008 economic collapse and theyrefuse to adhere to the usual corporate media consensus. They mercilessly mock the corporate media outlets.
Since I did political interviews, Radioactive 2003-2012, I am also a natural skeptic to corporate news:
CNN – The Clinton News Network
AP – Assimilated Presstitutes
NPR – Nationalist Propaganda Radio
Petroleum Bullshit Syndicate
I’m all the way Alt-Left. So from my deep political reading, I knew that Hillary Clinton was going to lose all the Midwest states but Illinois and Minnesota.
When I would run into my Liberal friends who would greet my skepticism with, “Nate Silver has Hillary Clinton a 98% likely winner.” I would scoff. The polls were oversampling Democrats who are a much smaller voting bloc since Obama came in.
4.5 million Obama voters became Indedendent. Huge mid term losses in 2010 and 2014 told me the Midwest had abandoned the Democratic Party over economic inequality.
When I would have these conversations with my Liberal friends, they would respond, “Why are you supporting Donald Trump?”.
I knew that Hillary Clinton was going to lose for these 5 reasons
Obama Fatigue – record inequality under his 8 years had Americans looking for a change at the top. Just like Obama won in part b/c of Bush Fatigue after his 8 years. Should have sent at least one banker to jail.
Obama voters would not be Hillary voters. Obama was young and black with a Muslim name. That candidacy resonated with blacks and Hispanics. Hillary is old and white. So minority vote turnout was way down. 137,000 fewer votes cast in Detroit and 129,000 fewer votes in Milwaukee cost her Michigan and Wisconsin
Millennials wanted Bernie. In the same way they came out for Obama they were YUUGE for Bernie Sanders. When he was aced out, they went back to their undervoting tendency.
Servergate/Wikileaks/Weinergate. At the end her untrustwory numbers were worse than Trump’s. In an emotions vs facts election, that was devastating for turnout and securing independent votes.
Obamacare notices went out in mid-Octboer. Average increase? 24%. Trump wants to get rid of Obamacare. Hillary wanted to “improve it.” She couldn’t come out for single payer, so if you had your policy cancelled and the new cost doubled (as happened to a classmate of mine in Montana), advantage Trump.
I was wrong on 3 states:
New Hampshire (for Trump) – I forgot they tend to be more conservative than their New England neighbors
Colorado (for Hillary) – I thought the rural and military areas would reject the Dems.
Nevada – I thought it would be Vegas for Hillary. Reno and the rest for Trump
I had a better result than Nate Silver!
I voted for Jill Stein. And I was wrong on her. I lost a bet (to my Hillbot buddy Aquaboy, in fact), that Jill would get 4%. Not even close! See you in 2020, Doctor Jill!
Smile Jamaica Ark-Ives: Nov. 5, 2016 – Annotated playlist w/ photos, captions, Reggae History Lessons; 84 sec.
Triston Palma – Reggae Music Taking Over; Touch Me, Take Me (Abraham) ’82 Can. Vinyl
The Agrovators – Kaya Dub; Kaya Dub (Justice) ’78 UK: Dub Album of the Hour
Peter Tosh – Here Comes the Sun; Honorary Citizen: Jamaican Singles (Columbia) ’71 George Harrison/Beatles cover
UB40 – Reefer Madness; Signing Off (DEP/Sound) ’80 herbal instrumental
Garland Jeffreys feat. LKJ & the Dub Band – Miami Beach; Escape Artist (Columbia) ’81 feat. UK dub poet
King Kong – Legalize It; Rumble Jumble Life (Massive B) 2005 4:20 Cannabis Service Announcement
Aisha – Glorify His Name; 10” (Ariwa) 2005 UK
Keith Richards – Love Overdue; Crosseyed Heart (Mindless/Republic) 2015: Gregory Isaacs cover
Gregory Isaacs & U Roy – Love Is Overdue; Love Is Overdue (Heartbeat) ’74 original
Benjamin Zephaniah – Belly of de Beast; Belly of de Beast (Ariwa) UK mutant dub
If Mixcloud link is blanked out: Here is the 3 hour show as an embedded .mp3: 2 hr. 56 min.
Smile Jamaica loves Halloween or as I say: Jah-loween! For going on 20 years now I have played all treats no tricks the last Saturday in Jah-tober;
Because my job is a sound editor, I created some sound art: 81 soundbytes or Horror movie trailers that I edited in my home studio. One after each song.
Dracula, Blackula, War of the Worlds. Nuff Vincent Price: Michael Jackson and Dr. Phibes and even Alice Cooper. Halloween and X-Files soundtrack. Nuff Blaxploitation Village of the Damned.
I get a call from a listener when I stitched in the Vincent Price interlude from Alice Cooper’s “Black Widow”. Listener goes, “I called two shows on KRCL requesting “Black Widow,” They didn’t play my request and then I heart it on Smile Jamaica.”
Smile Jamaica Ark-Ives: Jah-tober 29, 2016 – Annotated Playlist – Jahloween: sets, soundbytes, Reggae History Lessons, photos and captions; 37 sec.
Ini Kamoze – Hole in the Pumpkin; Shocking Out (RAS) ’87
Scientist – Dance of the Vampires; Scientist Rids the World of the Evil Curse of the Vampires (Greensleeves) ’81: Dub Album of the Hour
The Toyes – Monster Hash; The Toyes (CD Tunes) ’96: 4:20 Cannabis Service Announcement
Clint Eastwood & General Saint – Talk About Run; 12” (Greensleeves) ‘81 – don’t make out w/ your girlfriend in the boneyard! 20 sec.
Future Pigeon – Mummy Rock; Echodelic Sounds of Future Pigeon (Record Collection) 2006 roll a lickle spliff w/ di papyrus
<Smoke some Sensi-menia inna Mesopotamia; 12 sec.>
Easy Star All-Stars feat. Mikey General & Spragga Benz – Thriller; Thrillah! (Easy Star) 2012: Michael Jackson cover
GG All-Stars – Vampire Rock; 12” (Hit) ‘77
David Lindley & El Rayo-X; Werewolves of London; Very Greasy (Elektra) ’88 Warren Zevon cover
The Hooters – All You Zombies; Nervous Night (Columbia) ’85: pop hit
Barrington Levy – Murderer; 12” (Jah Life) ’84 Murder is a vampire
Max Romeo – Hotel California; Something is Wrong (Mediacom) Eagles cover re: Anton Lavey’s Church of Satan; 26 sec.
Humble Soul – Damn Vampire; Good Lord, Thank You (Kolcha Muzik) Jah-waiian artist
Set 5: Vinyl is V-ital
Laurel Aitken – Witchdoctor From Amsterdam; Eskapdade en France (Blue Moon) ’90 EP Fr.
Crucial Bee – Mark of the Beast; Just a Sting (All-Star) US Virgin Islands
Horace Andy – The Devil; Don’t Stop (Island in the Sun) ’85 NY
Amp-Ech – Living Dead + Version; Against Injustice (Amp-Ech); 4 sec.
Lee “Scratch” Perry – Judgment in a Babylon; 12” (One Drop) ‘81Chris Blackwell is a vampire sucking the blood of the sufferah’s; 54 sec.
Sky High & the Mau Mau – Cemetary Robbery; Origination (Sky High)
Willi Williams – The Dungeon; Messenger Man (Blood and Fire) ’80 about being in jail for herb
Clint Eastwood & General Saint – Two Bad D.J.’ 12” (Greensleeves) ’81: duppies in the cemetery
<All Treats! No Tricks! – Smile Jamaica Loves Halloween>
It’s Fall and winter is coming. So that means October is Jah-loween Season on Smile Jamaica. The ghouls , witches and vampires doing rub a dub in the boneyard.
Half the set is devoted to instead of the usual’s King’s Music. Now it’s the Devil’s turn. Scratch. As in Lee “Scratch” Perry. Half the show devoted to the Witching Season: Best of 27 Years (the early discoveries in ’89-90), vinyl, 7″ Jamaican Jukebox and the undead and of course MUTANT dub
Don’t get stoned on my tombstone!
bless, I mean curse, robt
Lord Creator – Such Is Life; Heart of the Ark vol. 2 (Seven Leaf) ’78 UK vinyl: Lee Perry/Black Ark prod’n
Chalawa – Exodus Dub; (Micron) ’77 Can. Dub Album of the Hour to Marley’s Exodus
Peter Broggs – Pick Up the Reggae; Rastafari Liveth! (RAS) ‘82
Lee Perry – Jungle Lion; 300% Dynamite (Soul Jazz) ’73 instrumental
Dennis Bovell – Living in Babylon; Babylon Soundtrack (EMI) ‘80
Bushman – Backweh Vampire; 10” EP (Stingray) 2012 UK EP Jah-loween tune
Lovejoys – One Draw; Lovers Rock Showcase (Wackies) ’83 female duo on Rita Marley’s herbtune: 4:20 Cannabis Service Announcement
Peter Tosh – Black Dignity; Honorary Citizens: Jamaican Singles (Columbia) ’69 rarity
Trinity – Vampire; Dancehall 2 (Soul Jazz) ‘79
Jennifer Gad – Babylon Must Fall; Solid Foundation (Flag) ‘92
Dennis Brown & the Observers – Live After You; 10” (Observer Gold) ’75 Niney prod’n
Set 3: Best of Smile Jamaica 27 Years – Jah-loween Set; 11 sec.