No Xmas until Black Friday. No Xmas Reggae til Dec. 1. So enjoy some Holiday Reggae set (including a Hanukkah jam).
<Happy Reggae Hanukkah; 53 sec.>
Just got back from Las Vegas on a cratedig. So we hear the fruits of that labor. More vinyl than CDs. The CD is going, going, gone. Vinyl, even rare vinyl for I ‘n’ I as a collector, was really a good trip.
And in the land of 10 down (with 40 to go), I wasn’t a criminal. Here was my stop in Vegas. Since I’m an Ancient Astronaut Theorist, (who believes in the 12th planet Nibiru), of course my go to Vegas dispensary was Planet 13.
Smile Jamaica Annotated Playlist: Jah-cember 1, 2018: 1 min. 54 sec.
Al Campbell – Words of Wisdom; Rainy Days (Hawkeye) ’78 UK vinyl
Soul Syndicate & Big Youth – Inside Out; Reggae Gi Dem Dub (Nichola Delita) ‘ JA vinyl dub album of the hour
Sammy Dread – Jah Guide; Roadblock (Hitbound) ’82
Zema – Joy in the Morning; Black Sheep (Melchizedek) 2003 So Cal female
Johnny Clarke – Waiting in Vain; Sings Bob Marley in a Dancehall Style (Rhino UK) ’77 Bob Marley cover
Dillinger – Hearsay; 12″ (A & M) ’81 US picture sleeve
No matter where you come down on the election: from Blue Wave to Purple Puddle, cannabis did well at the polls. Took 3 out of 4.
Green Wave at the ballot box:
<Green Wave: 19 sec.>
Michigan legalized the Seven Leaf
Utah medical marijuana
Missouri medical marijuana
10 legal + DC + all of Canada
33 states medical marijuana
<Without seeds; 23 sec.>
Had a great conversation with my window installer this summer. He was a young Mormon man with a family. We got to talking based on my Reggae/cannabis menagerie of posters up in the Smile Jamaica Ark-Ives.
He has excruciating pain in his back. None of the official pain meds were tolerable: gave him terrible constipation and nightmares. His wife was offered pharmaceutical anti-nausea medication while pregnant. Later the drug was found to cause birth defects.
Both of them relied on cannabis for pain and nausea relief. Not CBD. Cannabis. Smoked not eaten. My Dad uses it for neuropathy and carpal tunnel in Arizona. It’s a medicine. Congrats to Utahans for exercising their free agency.
So what will 2020 bring?
I’m predicting these states go for it:
Montana (my homeland!)
Arizona (second try)
Hawaii? (they should be no brainer)
10 down, 40 to go! Maybe Pres. 45 will legalize it nationally if he wants to get re-elected?
Wow. That was quite the election without objection. Say what you want about Pres. 45, he motivates people to the polls. Although 5 billion dollars seems like quite a squandering of resources for such lack of choice.
But listening to Reggae for 3 plus decades, I learned to give the Hairy Eyeball to the isms and schisms.
So, this Smile Jamaica Ark-Ives delves into the real politik. And the same thing for breakfast.
I also think The Cream has it on the money too….
<Same thing for breakfast & The Cream’s Politician; 85 sec.>
The Cream – Politician
I’m a political man And I practice what I preach I’m a political man And I practice what I preach So don’t deny me, baby Not while you’re in my reach
I support the left Though I’m leaning, leaning to the right I support the left Though I’m leaning to the right But I’m just not there When it’s coming to a fight
Best outcome for I ‘n’ I
Michigan legalized the collie weed
Missouri medical MJ
Utah Proposition 2 – Medical Marijuana puff puff passed
Since nearly the very beginning I ‘n’ I have harvested all the various Halloween tunes found in Reggae music.
<25+ Years of Jah-loween on 29 Years of Smile Jamaica; 24 sec.>
Over the 3 decades of Reggae Radio my Devil’s menagerie has grown to 2 60-CD suitcases, a crate full of vinyl, a box full of 7″.
About a decade ago, I started hacking up horror bytes, movie trailers and Jah-loween intros. Then like Dr. Frankenstein in his laboratory, I hunker down in my Secret Dubratory and stitch it all together.
It’s alive! It’s alive!
So now enjoy this look back to all Hallow’s Eve and admire how Horror Reggae fits the Season. 11 sec.
Jah-tober 20th Smile Jamaica, livicated to the late great Peter Tosh – born Oct. 19, 1947.
Jah-tober is Jah-loween on Smile Jamaica,
Peter was at the pinnacle of the masses of Reggae songs devoted to the Halloween menagerie: vampires, ghosts (duppies in Jamaica), witches, mummies, anti-Christs, zombies and general evil. I and I have hundreds of Jah-loween tunes on CD, black wax: LP, 12″, 10″ and 7″.
Peter’s additions to the canon?
Mark of the Beast – about his brutal beating at the hands of Jamaican cops
Jumbie Jamboree – ska update of a classic soca song about the cousin of the duppy – jumbies.
With the Wailers: Mr. Brown (who drives around in a coffin) and Duppy Conqueror.
There is one more….
My very first Reggae LP was Peter Tosh – Wanted Dread & Alive; Christmas 1981. Thanks mom!
I was very happy to be cratedigging in SLC, at Get In Here Records I scored the above 12″ black wax aboved.
Tosh’s tragic end belied an “Omen”. I had just got into Reggae bigly as 45 would say around Sept. ’86. A year later I was working at Graywhale CD and used my employee discount to buy 2 CDs:
Ramones – Halfway to Sanity
Peter Tosh – No Nuclear War.
I think the Tosh album dropped on Sept. 3, 1987. On Sept. 12, I remember going to the SLC airport to pick up my sister off the plane. On page 2 of the paper that morning:
Reggae singer Peter Tosh killed in Jamaica.
Peter Tosh dead on, …wait for it: Sept. 11.
Peter the mystic did not go quietly to Jah’s Heavenly Choir. He got his “revenge” on his birthday that year: Oct. 19, 1987:
<Peter Tosh murder: Sept. 11, 1987. Black Monday – Oct. 19, 1987; 75 sec.>
Black Monday was the worst stock market collapse since the Great Depression. Only, since, eclipsed by the Great Recession of 2008.
Dow Jones stock market lost 22.6% of its valuation in one day. Peter Tosh exacted his revenge against the “shystem” in A-sad-ica. Because for the poor there is nothing “merry” about America.
Happy Birthday to the Stepping Razor: #PeterTosh. Murdered on 9/11 '87. Crashed the stock market from beyond on his birthday. 10/19/87 #BlackMonday. Chanting down the shytstem in A-sad-ica b/c for the poor, there is nothing "merry" in America pic.twitter.com/QjNWMBvwse