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Smile Jamaica Ark-Ives: High Fructose Horror Show (Bonus Jah-loween)



<Halloween Holdovers, Never Leftovers: 3 hoursl 62 sec.>

Here is how I wanted to program/select the annual Smile Jamaica Jah-loween Ark-Ives. Reggae and Dubwize celebrating Vampires, Witches, Frankenstein and the rest of the Undead Menagerie. Without me talking. Without any station Ids or advertising.

(Reggae very superstitious, very concerned with good vanquishing evil.) Evil is real and takes a non-human form.

In between the boomshots will be Horror movie clips and other Jah-loween Special effects. Definitely minor key mood music. On these Mixcloud only shows, I want to let the music do the talking.

I cooked this up in my Secret Dubratory and imported tunes from my CD Suitcase of Jah-loween Disks using ProTools. Multi tracked recording with the sound bytes and movie trailers “stitched” into the segues. Then I ran it through a sound app called Smart Gain which was suggested  to me to normalize sound across the tunes and bytes for the 3 hours. Just like Dr. Frankenstein put together his creature from hunks of flesh!

Young Frankenstein: Gene Wilder “nice knockers”. Terri Garr “Why thank you!”

This is a show that would make a good background for your Houseparty or mood music while giving out your high fructose goodies.

Boo-tiful! robt

Smile Jamaica High Fructose Horror Show: Online Bonus Jah-loween Annotated Playlist (photos, captions, soundbytes)

30 min:

  • The Toyes – Monster Hash; The Toyes (CD Tunes) ’96; Boris Pickett cover
  • Black Uhuru – Vampire; Sensimilla (Mango) ‘80
  • Yabby You – Anti-Christ; One Love, One Heart (Shanachie) ‘84
  • Sky High & the Mau Mau – Cemetery Robbery; Origination (Sky High) 70’s
  • Dennis Brown – Black Magic Woman; Raw Roots Vol. 1 (Jet Set/Sunshot) ’73; Fleetwood Mac cover
  • Pablo Gad – Blood Suckers; Blood Suckers (Celluloid) ‘78
  • Bunny Wailer – Blackheart Man; Blackheart Man (Mango) ‘76
Don’t bogart that spliff!

 1 hour: 

  • Future Pigeon – Mummy Rock; Echodelic Sounds of Future Pigeon (Record Collection) 2006
  • Devon Irons & Doctor Alimantado – Vampire; Open the Gate (Trojan) ’76 Lee “Scratch” Perry/Black Ark
  • The Toasters – Frankenska; Thrill Me Up (Skaloid); ’88 Third Wave Ska
  • Yellowman – Me Kill Barnie; Them a Mad Over Me (Hitbound) ’82 Barnabas Collins, soap opera vampire
  • Scientist – Voodoo Curse; Scientist Rids the World of the Evil Curse of the Vampires (Greensleeves) ‘81
Roll a lickle spliff wif di papyrus

90 min:

  • Ijahman Levi – Devil Disciple; Forward Rastaman (Tree Roots) ‘87
  • Humble Soul – Damn Vampire; Good Lord, Thank You (Kolchamuzik) ‘96 Jah-waiian reggae
  • Garland Jeffreys & Big Youth – Graveyard Rock; Escape Artist (Epic) ’81; rockers does reggae

<Big Youth: Don’t get stoned on my tombstone! 9 sec.>

  • Willi Williams – Dungeon; Messenger Man (Blood and Fire); ’80 herbtune; Riddim Shower (1): original
  • Roots Nation – Dungeon; Temperature’s Risin’ (Rare Roots) 2011 Dover, New Hempshire; Riddim Shower (2): Willi Williams update, herbtune
  • Lucky Dube – Dracula; Prisoner (Shanachie) ’90 South Africa
Saw a youth murdered in front of me at Lucky Dube concert in Park City. Less than a year later Lucky was himself murdered in South Africa

2 hours:

  • Allan Pillay – Demonic Forces; Wild Paarty Sounds (ON U Sound) ’81 mutant dub
  • Mikey Dread – Pre-Dawn Dub; African Anthem (Dread at the Controls) ’79 vampire dubwize
  • Prince Buster – Ghost Dance (Blue Beat) ’67 rock steady
  • Sinead O’Connor – Vampire; Throw Down Your Arms (That’s Why There Is Chocolate and Vanilla); 2005: Devon Irons update
  • Kode9 + spaceape – Ghost Town; 5 Years of Hyperdub (Hyperdub) dubstep/dub poet update on The Specials tune
  • Keith Hudson – Darkest Night; Greatest Hits (Sky High) ‘75
  • Massive Dread – Vamps on the Corner; This is Massive (Nyam Up) ‘82


2 1/2 hours:

  • Michael Prophet – Satan; Rootsman (Ariwa) ‘99
  • Peter Tosh – Vampire; No Nuclear War (EMI America) ’87; Riddim Shower (1): vox
  • Peter Tosh – Dracula; Honorary Citizen (Columbia/Legacy); Riddim Shower (2): dub
  • Soho – Zombies; Goddess (Atco) ’90 UK mutant dub w/ female vox
  • Sugar Minott – Devil Pickney; Auralux Reggae Showcase (Auralux) ’83; Pickney – Jamaican slang for child
  • Benjamin Zephaniah – Blood Sucker; Belly of de Beast (Ariwa) ’96 UK dub poet; Mad Professor prod’n
  • Natacha Atlas – I Put a Spell on You; Best of (Mantra) 2005 Morrocan; Nina Simone cover
Election next Tuesday

3 hours:

  • Pablo Gad – Sad Mistake; Hard Times (Soul Village) ’80 UK vampire tune
  • Scientist – Blood on His Lips; Scientist Rids the World of the Evil Curse of the Vampire (Greensleeves) ‘81
  • Tino – Wicked Insane Evil Dub; Tino’s Breaks 6: Hallowe’en Dub (Tino Corp.) 2002 mutant dub
  • Dan I & King Kietu – Vampire; Rastafari Judgement Fire (Imperial Roots) 2009 mutant dub Jah-taly
  • Ethiopians – Obeah Book; Slave Call (Rohit) ‘77
  • Mos Def – Ms. Vampire Booty; Mos Dub (bootleg) 2010 mutant dub-hop
  • BLK JKS – Skeleton; Among Robots (Secretly Canadian) 2009 South African mutant dub



Day 1: Happy Cannabis Service Month!

(***The operator of the Smile Jamaica Ark-Ives wishes those reading to know that we do not endorse, encourage or engage in illegal activity. These writings are in spirit with anti-authoritarian subcultures and are meant solely for informational and or educational purposes only. Edutaiment isn’t illegal….yet***)



Everyone knows about the 12 Days of Christmas. But what about the 20 Days of Cannabis? 420 that is. Anyone who has listened to Smile Jamaica over the, well, decades now knows that April is pretty much in bloom with the Seven Leaf  Saturday Afternoons on Community Radio Station KRCL..


For going on twenty years – on air between 4 and 7 PM Saturdays – every 4:20 is given over to what I euphemistically call “herbtunes”. I call it the Cannabis Service Announcement. A spin on non-profit radio and its promotion of *Public* Service Announcements. These Reggae and Dub boomshots sing praises to the Wisdom Weed.


The closest Saturday to the 20th day is devoted to an entire show of herbal meditations on all formats and styles: vinyl, singles: 7″, 10″ & 12″, cds and digital*; Roots Reggae, Mutant Dub and Rockers doing Reggae. 180 minutes celebrating free speech and diverse lifestyles. Selah!

*I even have Bob Marley’s Kaya (with the title  track and “Easy Skanking” spliff tales) on 8-Track. No player to hear it on, alas.


Because of my job as Audio Engineer in the Marriott Library, I have a slick ProTools digital recorder. So my job pretty much requires me to be a whiz at editing digital files (a skill I originally honed at KRCL on 1/4 inch tape). So I edit a whole heap of sound clips to enhance the mood elevated listening experience. Clips from Cheech and Chong, George Carlin and Steve Martin. Movie dialog from Pulp Fiction, Jackie Brown and Saturday Night Live.

I taught myself the DVD audio-track ripper Handbrake just so I could chop a soundbyte out of the Reggae documentary “Land of Look Behind”. From crowd footage at Bob Marley’s funeral, a youth steps forward and shouts “Bob Marley smoked 100 splits a day! A 100 splits a day mon”.

<Bob Marley’s ganja prowess>

Saturday, April 19th. 4-7 PM Mountain Time on krcl.org or 90.9FM in Salt Lake City region.


My annual April Cannabis Service Show. Yeah. It’s silly and obnoxious and totally rude. It’s my favorite show of the year. A lot of my Reggae deejay fraternity are disallowed by their Program Directors to play even a single marijuana ditty. Praise Jah for anything goes KRCL. “Your station that rules the nation!”




Here is the story behind why I decided to livicate (not dead-icate) a potent blast of pot propaganda 20 minutes into each and every Smile Jamaica. And then some.

This could have been about 20 years ago. I was chatting up one of KRCL’s Drive Time deejays in a record store. His show was on one of the Week Days between and 3 and 6 PM. He got the clever notion to bust out a little weed set during his show that he called 4:20 Funk

Alas, someone at the station put the clampdown on his little exercise in musical free speech. 4:20 Funk was banned. Of course, when he told me his tale of woe I made sure the very next Saturday to debut my own Spliff Tales that I christened Cannabis Service Announcements. You have to be fearless and not back down because freedom of expression is under assault.

chalice_exhale chalice_exhale2

So in the Spirit of the Season on this Smile Jamaica blog, I will post 20 Cannabis related posts. I’m behind obviously so I’ll do two a day till I catch up.

Studio kinda cloudy!


bless – robt