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Smile Jamaica Ark-Ives (Podcast & Playlist): Jah-ly 7, 2018: UFOria! Roswell inna Rub a Dub Stylee!

Weather balloon my ass!

<Smile Jamaica: Ancient Astronaut Theory HQ; 21 sec.>

UFO by Tena Stelin (lyrics transcribed by Bobbylon)

  • Everywhere I stare, everywhere I go
  • Almost everyone is talking about UFOs
  • More and more each day I hear the people them say
  • Men and men are talking about UFOs
  • Aliens are coming
  • They say the time is now dawning
  • Sometimes if I wonder if the aliens are here already
  • Astronomers are debating
  • And their religions are arising
  • Jah what is to be if it is the will of He
  • Everywhere I stare, everywhere I go
  • Almost everyone is talking about UFOs
  • More and More each day I hear the people them say
  • Men and men are talking about UFOs
  • Elijah went up into a Chariot of Fire
  • Dragon objects were recorded in ancient America, Australia and Asia
  • So many paintings and drawings were found in many caves and mountains
  • Could this be the evidence that Spacemen came?
  • Everywhere I stare, Everywhere I go
  • Almost everyone is talking about UFOs
  • More and more each day I hear the people them say
  • Men and men are talking about UFOs

Greetings,

Ancient Astronaut Theory is: Were they Sky Gods or Ancient Astronauts?

The modern phenomena of UFOria: Euphoria + UFO started on July 2, 1947 with a crashed space ship on a ranch near Roswell, New Mexico.

Scoffers and the Deep State would call this a “weather balloon”

Why Smile Jamaica?

2 reasons

  1. My brother  in law told this story about coffins and Roswell

2. After I retired from doing Radioactive interviews on KRCL, I needed a new time suck away from Progressive politics.

That led to my 10 year bromance with this guy and Ancient Aliens TV show on the History Channel.

Giorgio Tsoulakos. Head of Trump’s Space Force

As an Assyrian-American, I knew full well who Marduk, Ishtar and Anu were. In my benighted state, I just thought they were mythic gods of Assyria, Babylon and Sumer (Shinar in the Bible).

Oh, but no! They were Sky Gods and Space Travellers who invented mankind to mine gold, sleep with Earth women and then tried to get rid of us noisy humans, their creation, with a massive flood.

Ancient Astronaut Theory about these Sky Gods aka Anunnaki – Those whom came from the sky. All those stories  of the Bible and quite a bit of Greek mythology derived from each Anunna (Anunna singular; Anunnaki plural).

And all those UFO encounters in the Bible!

Flying Saucers of the Old Testament

Ishtar/Inanna – Goddess or Ancient Astronaut/Geneticist

Jacob’s Ladder, Ezekiel’s Wheel, Enoch’s disappearance, Stairway to Heaven, Burning Bush, Noah’s Ark, Elijah and his Chariots of Fire – all UFOs. Add in the Arabian 1001 Nights Tales of Magic Carpets and the Hindu Vimana fighting space ships.

Lot’s wife was turned into a pillar of smoke, not salt. From a nuclear attack on the Sinai when the Anunakki unleashed a hellish civil war that destroyed Sumer/Shinar in a “bitter wind”.

Back to UFOria…..

So I start to do what I always do: comb through the Smile Jamaica Ark-Ives looking for Reggae and other songs devoted to UFOs.

And last year, near the Roswell crash anniversary in early July, I lead off with the theme from 2001 Space Odyssey, the Kubrick film, and juggled about 40 Space Oddities. Most Reggae/Dubbish. Some not. Today as well.

Joe Cocker, Nina Hagen, Rolling Stones, Pink Floyd, Elton John and the bad ass Vulcan, Leonard Nimoy

Mr. Spock always had a good ear for the drum & bass

Last year, my bredrin Mike was in a coffee shop. He over heard the baristas talking: “I don’t know what Robert was doing on Smile Jamaica. It was more about UFOs than Reggae.”

Is that good? Is that bad? Yes!

Either way, it makes you think about radio. You don’t get stories from Pandora or Itunes.

And that is why I do it for 30 years. To make you think even if it is out there on the perimeter where are there are no stars. And we is Stoned Immaculate……

<What Aliens are “probing” for…>

bless, Bobbylon

Smile Jamaica Ark-Ives: Jah-ly 7, 2018: UFOria; 1 min. 51 sec.

Set 1:

  • Berlin Philharmonic Orchestra – Also Sprach Zarathustra; 2001: A Space Odyssey Soundtrack (CBS) ’68 
  • Tena Stelin & Jah Warrior – UFO + Unidentified Flying Dub; Lion Symbol (Jah Warrior) ‘99
  • Michael Franti & Spearhead feat. K’naan – Earth From Outer Space; All People (Boo Boo Wax) 2013
  • Lee “Scratch” Perry – African Hitchhiker; From the Secret Laboratory (Island) ’90 Alien from outer space living in your brief case
  • Laurel Aitken – Apollo 12; Legendary Godfather of Ska (Grover) ‘69 2nd Moon landing
  • Nicky Thomas – Doing the Moonwalk; Love of the Common People (Trojan) ‘71
  • Bam Bam – Star Wars; Power of a Woman (Bam Bam International) ’87 LA vinyl; female singer
Run for your life Reagan’s/Ray Guns gonna get you!

Set 2:

  • Jimi Hendrix Experience – EXP; Axis Bold as Love (Polydor) ’67
  • Anjali – Space Lust in the Space Dust; Anjali 2000
  • Space Monkeyz vs. Gorillaz – Star Shine; Laika Come Home (Virgin) 2002
  • Audio Active – Return of the Space Ape; Apollo Choco (ON U Sound)  ’97 Jah-pon; song about Albert, the first monkey in space
  • Sly & Robbie – Space Invaders; Syncopation (Joe Gibbs) ’82 Florida vinyl
Albert the Space Ape

Set 3:

  • Joe Cocker – Space Captain; Mad Dogs & Englishmen (Deluxe Edition) live 1970 Fillmore East
  • AIR – Surfing on a Rocket; Walkie Talkie (Virgin) 2003 Fr. mutant dub
  • Derrick Morgan – Moon Hop; Original Reggae Recordings from 1968-1970 (Trybute) ’69
  • Alpha & Omega – The Dub Is Out There (X-Files Theme); Serious Joke (A & O) 2002 UK trance dub

Set 4:

  • Elton John – Rocket Man; Number Ones (Mercury) ’71

<Donald Trump called Kim Jong Un – Rocket Man>

  • Easy Star – Eclipse; Dub Side of the Moon (Easy Star) 2003 Pink Floyd cover
  • Pink Floyd – Interstellar Overdrive; Relics () ‘67
  • Roots Radics – Conspiracy on Neptune; Prince Jammy Destroys the Invaders (Trojan) ’82 UK

Set 5: Vinyl Is Vital Set

  • Sister Carol – Lost in a Space; Jah Disciple (RAS) ’89  re: The ’86 Challenger Explosion

<Jah’s Wrath and the Challenger Disaster>

  • U Roy – Your Ace From Space; Version Galore (Treasure Isle) ’68 JA
  • Prince Lincoln Thompson – Spaceship;  Natural Wild (United Artist) ’80  UK

<Aliens gonna whip you, and put you in your rightful place; 13 sec.>

  • Lone Ranger – UFO; Barnabas in Collins Wood (Wave) ’79 JA
  • John Williams – Cantina Theme; Star Wars Soundtrack (20th Century Fox) ’77 US

<Star Wars cantina band: Reggae? Yes, steel drums! 24 sec.>

  • Roots Radics – Death of Mr. Spock; Scientist and Jammy Strike Back (Trojan) ’82 UK
Intergalactic Rub a Dub

Set 6: Aliens in the Bible

  • Led Zeppelin – Stairway to Heaven; IV (Atlantic) ’71
Stairway to Heaven? Ramp up a Space Ship
  • Anubian Lights – Starvo; Outflight EP (Crippled Dick Hot Wax) 2000 UK about the New Jerusalem space ship
New Jerusalem Space Ship

  • Tenastelin – Flying Saucers; 7” (Mascot) 2001 about the Anunnaki – those who came down from the sky
Meet the Anunnaki – Those who came down from the sky!
  • Bush Chemists – Star Dub; 10” (Jah Tubbys) 2005 UK militant steppers version of The Imperial Storm Troopers theme from Star Wars

Set 7:

  • The Rolling Stones – 2000 Light Years From Home; Their Satanic Majesties Request (Abkco) ‘67
  • Nina Hagen – UFO; Nunsexmonkrock (CBS) ’80 German female
  • Word Sound I Powa – Intro; Live From Planet Crooklyn (WordSound) ’96 aliens hunting weed in McCarran Park, Brooklyn
  • Armagideon – Galactic Travel; Elements of Dub (Armagideon Sounds) ’95 UK
2000 Light Years From Home. Rare holographic sleeve

Set 8:

  • Leonard Nimoy – Theme to Star Trek + Alien; Presents Mr. Spock’s Music From Outer Space (Dot) ‘67
  • Dubadelic – Thuds Like Scuds; Bass Invaders (WordSound) ’98 do Aliens exist?
  • Ancient Astronauts feat. Akua Naru – Last Night; Into Bass & Time (ESL) 2011 w/ female vox: Last night I fell in love w/ an Ancient Astronaut
  • Flock of Seagulls – Space Age Love Song; Flock of Seagulls (Jive) ’82 UK New Wave
  • Laurence Harvey – First Came the Sky Chariots; Ancient Astronauts (Laurence Harvey)
  • SoKo – I Thought I Was an Alien; I Thought I Was An Alien (Because) 2012 Fr. Female singer
Dub Long and Prosper!

Smile Jamaica Ark-Ives: June 23, 2018 (Stream + Tracklist): Poor Immigrants!

<Poor immigrant; 16 secs>

Greetings,

Smile Jamaica is a Roots Reggae radio program. Other than the Mutant Dub I spin in the last half hour, I would venture that 80% plus of what I have played for nearly 30 years comes from around 1970-1985. The Wailers, Burning Spear, Culture and their Rasta co-horts.

Turn off your Wolf Blitzers, Sean Hannity and Rachel Maddow and get your news from this guy: Burning Spear

So much great heartical music about peace and love, socialism (small s), the plight of the poor and the 400 year legacy of slavery in Jamaica.

Songs from that era chanting down Babylon. Still have resonance and prophecy today. So when the outrage of immigrant children in cages hit the news cycle, I knew the perfect song to play.

o t Same thing for breakfast: 2014 under Obama’s Presidency

On community radio Deejays are not allowed to espouse political support for any cause, candidate or party. I don’t need to do that. I can let the music do the talking.

Jimmy Riley – Have mercy upon poor immigrants.  When Occupy Wall Street went hot, it was so easy and enjoyable to string a whole 3 hour Ark-ive backing the 99%ers.

Theme song: Peter Tosh – The Day the Dollar Died (1978)

That is why Reggae music from 40 plus years ago still has relevance. The Dreads and Dawtas warned us it would come to this. That is why you should listen to Smile Jamaica and ignore the Fake News Media

1979 Reggae. Fire bun the CIA News Network

bless, Bobbylon

Smile Jamaica Annotated Playlist: June 23, 2018; 52 sec.

Set 1:

  • Jimmy Riley – Summer Time; 12″ (DEB) 70’s cover of Porgy & Bess Broadway tune
  • Jimmy Riley – Poor Immigrant; Put the People First (Shanachie) ’82
  • Black Uhuru – Chill Out; Liberation Anthology (Island) 2 disk best of ’83
  • Gladiators – Dub ina Babylon; Singles Collection (Heartbeat/Studio One)
  • Gracy & Herbman Band – Forward Up; See Mi Yah (Funfundvierzig) ’91 4:20 Cannabis Service Announcement; female singer

<Canada legalizes cannabis; 12 sec.>

  • Eek a Mouse – Wild Like Tiger; 10″ (Hit Bound) ’83 JA
  • Crystalites – Rasta Is Love; Scrub a Dub (Crystal) ’74 JA vinyl dub album of the Hour
9 down plus Canada, 41 to go!

Set 2:

  • Bunny Wailer – Wake Up and Live; Hall of Fame (RAS) ’95; 50 Bob covers
  • Belle Stars – Miss World; 80’s Romance (Salvo) ’81 UK New Wave female group
  • Daweh Congo – Herb Tree; Human Rights & Justice (Roots & Culture) 2000 herb tune
  • Bim Sherman & Yabby Youth – Happiness; 12″ (Jah Shaka) ’83 UK

Set 3: Best of Smile Jamaica 28+ Years

  • Alpha Blondy & the Wailers – Jerusalem; Jerusalem (Shanachie) ’86 Best of Smile Jamaica 28+ Years
  • Carlene Davis – The Harder They Come; Reggae Sunsplash ’81 – Tribute to Bob Marley; Jimmy Cliff cover
  • Linval Thompson – Starlight; I Love Marijuana (Trojan) ’78 UFOria
  • Aswad – Babylon; Showcase (Mango) ’81 UK dub mixes
  • Black Disciples – The Ghost; Garvey’s Ghost (Mango) ’76 Dub Album of the Hour (Burning Spear Marcus Garvey)

Set 4:

  • Ayo – Get Out of My Way; Gravity at Last (Wrasse) 2008 Nigerian-German soul/reggae
  • Prince Alla – Bosrah; I Can Hear the Children Singing (Blood & Fire) ’76 from the Bible Isaiah 63:1

<random Bible verse in the hotel room’s Gideon Bible waiting for my Sister to get married; 39 sec. >

  • Toyan – Tracks and Socks; 10″ (Jah Bible) ’79 over Sammy Dread’s Miserable Woman

Set 5: Vinyl is Vital

  • Peter Tosh – Don’t Look Back; Dealing With the Shytstem (bootleg) 11/5/82 Temptations cover; Vinyl is Vital Set
  • Singers & Players feat. Prince Far I – Water the Garden; Revenge of the Underdog (ON U Sound) ’81 UK
  • Lee “Scratch” Perry – Satan Kicked the Bucket; Satan Kicked the Bucket (Wackie’s) ’88 US
  • Jah Lloyd the Black Lion – St. Ann’s Collie; The Humble One (Virgin Front Line) ’78 UK herbtune
  • Millie Small – My Boy Lollipop; (Smash) ’64 US
Latest purchase from Discogs.com

Set 6: Jamaican Jukebox 7″ 45’s

  • Sheila Hylton – Natural Misty; 7″ (Studio One) ’81 Natural Mystic cover
  • Jimmy Burke – Be Like a Star; 7″ (Reggae Bee) ’75 UK
  • Benjamin Zephaniah – Riot in Progress; Dub Ranting 7″ EP (Radical Wallpaper) ’81 UK dub poet, picture sleeve
  • Inner Rose – Rise Up; 7″ (Inner Rose) 2012 Fr.
  • Hughie Izachaar – Ganja Smuggler; 7″ (Reggae on Top) ’99 UK herbtune
  • Lightman – Meanwhile in the City; Spring Time (Semi Sounds) 2004 Dub Album of the Hour (Finland)
There’s a natural misty(?) flowing through the air?

Set 7:

  • Bob Marley & the Wailers – Lonesome Feeling; Wailing Wailers (Studio One) ’65 JA vinyl

<Wailers 1st LP in 1965; 55 sec.>

  • Aisha – Coke Ain’t No Joke; There s More to Life (Ariwa) ’95
  • Fred Locks – Rastafari Rule; The Missing Link (VP) 2000
  • Junior byles – Fun and Games (Take Two); Curly Locks (Heartbeat) rare early 70’s Lee “Scratch” Perry prod’n
  • Junior Murvin & Chris Jay – Wise Man; 10″ (Dubwise) ’98 UK

Set 8: Mutant Dubstresses

  • Thievery Corporation feat. LouLou Ghelchknai- Time + Space; Temple of I & I (ESL) 2015 Mutant Dubstress Set
  • Deepchild eat. Andy B – Racist Friend; King Size Dub Chapter 69 (Echo Beach) 2009 Germ. Special AKA cover
  • Flying Lotus feat. Dolly – Roberta Flack; Man Machine (Mojo) 2009
  • Soom T – Jungle of Peace; Ode to a Carrot (Jahtari) 2008 Glaswegian weed stepper
  • Natacha Atlas – Duden; Essential Lounge: Bombay (UBL) 2006 UK
  • Afro-Mystik – Momentary Visions; Morphology (OM) 2003 US
Lou Lou of Thievery Corporation

Smile Jamaica Ark-Ives: June 16, 2018 (Stream + Tracklist): Fathers, Daddys and Pops!

Greetings,

And Happy Father’s Day to my Pops in Fort Benton Montana; 50 sec.

My Pops is pretty much the typical Dad. Stoic and serious but prone to the usual tried and true way of American Child Rearing:

<Do as  I say. Not as I do! 17 sec.>

Love the guy.

So I spent last Saturday in the Smile Jamaica Ark-Ives harvesting Father’s Day tunes Had enough for 2 and 1/2 hour. (More Mother’s Day for some reason? Considering Jah the Father, that was surprising.)

All time favorite Father’s Day song is one that still brings a tear to my eye. Charlie Ace – Father and Dreadlocks

<Preacher’s son goes to college, returns a Rastaman 76 sec.>

Father and Dread Locks – Charlie Ace (lyrics transcribed by Bobbylon)

  • Hail Daddy-man!
  • Wha’ppen when him come for the Holidays
  • Yes-I! Whap’n rate up a draw of herb fi I place y’know!
  • Son – who dat? No Parson’s son turn Rastaman!
  • Yes-I! Man sight the fullness y’know?
  • Parson send him one son fi (to) college for the study of religious knowledge
  • Some day the boy decides to come home for Holiday
  • But when he enter him home something strange happen
  • He wasn’t wearing slicker suit
  • He wasn’t wearing big heel boots
  • He was wearing dungarees and sandals
  • And when he moved his tam from his head
  • Parson frightened til him was drop down dead
  • When him natty dreadlocks drop to the ground
  • So, his Dad looked at him and said:
  • My son, my son what comes over you? What happened?
  • You pass your GCE and sit upon University. What happened?
  • I work morning, noon and night to get you there. What happened?
  • He said, Daddy you don’t understand like I do
  • But Jah has called upon I
  • I have sight of the Promised Land
  • Daddy, I know the way you feel but one day you will understand
  • My son, what is the plan for the future?
  • He said: Daddy, I plan to use my education to defend human rights, equality and justice throughout the Universe
  • This time the Mother is in the kitchen cooking the best dressed chicken
  • So she run when she realize her one son was home to greet her one son
  • When she sight Natty Dreadlocks she nearly drop down dead
  • She said: My son, my son. What are we going to tell the people of the neighborhood?
  • He said: Mom, tell them that the power of Jah is moving on-ya!
Charlie Ace and his mobile record store selling 7″ 45’s

The power of Jah is moving on indeed. Enjoy these tributes to the Dads with some Aliencon UFOria in the last half hour

<Aliencon plus Smile Jamaica UFOria in July for Roswell; 1 min. 40 sec.>

bless, Bobbylon

Smile Jamaica Annotated Playlist: June 16, 2018; 106 sec.

Set 1:

  • Prince Alla – In My Father’s House; Evil Forces (Calabash) ’84

<John 14:2; 9 sec.>

  • Miami vinyl: Happy Father’s Day: John 14:2 In my father’s house there are many mansions
  • King Tubby – Many Moods of the King; I Am the King 3 (Sprint) Dub Album of the Hour
  • Charlie Ace & Scorcher – Father and Dread Locks; 7” (Studio One) JA
  • David Isaacs – Good Father; Complete UK Upsetter Singles Collection vol. 1 (Trojan) ‘69
  • Yellowman & Fathead – Baby Father; The Yellow, The Purple and The Nancy (Greensleeves) ’82 UK
  • Errol Dunkley – Created By the Father; Darling Ooh (Attack) ‘72
  • Israel Vibration – Universal Father; Why You So Craven (Arrival) ’81 JA vinyl
  • Alton Ellis – Papa; 7” (Clintones) ’75 US

Set 2:

  • Ky-Mani Marley – Dear Dad; CD Single (Gee Street) ’98, Bob’s son

<Ky-Mani born 1976, Bob passed May 1981; 28 sec.>

  • Gregory Isaacs – Created By the Father; Cool Ruler (Virgin Front Line) ’78 UK vinyl
  • Simple Simon – Obey Your Mother & Father; Reggae Move (Vista Sounds) ’85 UK
  • Desmond Dekker – Honor Your Father & Mother; Israelites (Trojan) ska
  • Dillinger – Daddy Joseph; 12” (A & M) ’81 US Biblical Prophet Joseph
Daddy Joseph from the Old Testament

Set 3:

  • Black Roots – The Father; On the Frontline (Makasound) ‘83
  • Freddy McKay – Father Will Cut You Off; 7” (Money Disc) ‘83
  • Capital Letters – Daddy is No Murderer; Headline News (Greensleeves) ’79 UK youth group w/ male & female vox
  • Cedric ‘Im Brooks – Song For My Father; Light of Saba (Honest Jon’s) ’75 horns instrumental
  • Scientist – 11 Guava Road Dub; King of Dub (Kingdom) ’81 Dub Album of the Hour

Set 4:

  • Derrick Morgan – Don’t Call Me Daddy; The Legend of Derrick Morgan (Imperial) ’80 Can. – Chinese baby to a dreadlock
  • Johnny Clarke – Don’t Call I Daddy; Don’t Trouble Trouble (Attack) ’75; cover of Derrick Morgan
  • Mighty Maytones – Father & Mother; Madness (Burning Sounds) ’76 UK
  • Big Youth – Mommy Hot, Daddy Cool; Reggae Phenomenon (Trojan) ’75 to Some Like It Hot
  • Dennis Brown – Created by the Father; Best of – The Niney Years (Heartbeat) ‘79
  • Jackie Mittoo – Dad Is Home; Macka Fat (Studio One) ’71 organ take on Shep & the Limelites Daddy’s Home doowoop

Set 5: Vinyl is Vital

  • Ras Michael & the Sons of Negus – Don’t Sell Daddy No Whiskey; Love Thy Neighbour (Jah Life) ’79 Brooklyn; Black Ark/Lee “Scratch” Perry mix
  • Michigan & Smiley – Sugar Daddy; Sugar Daddy (RAS) ’83 DC
  • Linval Thompson – Baby Father; Baby Father (Greensleeves) ’82 UK
  • Winston Reedy – Message to Father; Dim the Lights (Inner Light) ’83 UK
  • Don Carlos – Ababa John I (Father Majesty); Spread Out (Burning Sounds) ’83 UK

Set 6:

  • The Pioneers – Papa Was a Rolling Stone; The Best of (Trojan) ’77 Temptations cover
  • Big Youth – Papa Was a Rolling Stone; Reggae Phenomenon (Trojan) ’77 Temptations cover
  • African Brothers – Lead Us Father; Want Some Freedom (Easy Star) ‘74
  • African Head Charge – Healing Father; Songs of Praise (ON U Sound) ’81 UK mutant dub
  • Bunny Wailer – Rockers; In I Father’s House (Solomonic) ’80 JA
  • Prince Jammy – Conspiracy on Neptune; Destroys the Invaders (Greensleeves) ’82 UK UFO vinyl dub album of the hour

Set 7:

  • The Maytals – Daddy; Sensational Ska Explosion (Dynamic) ’65 ballad
  • White Mice – Love Mom and Dad; White Nice (Basic Replay) mid 80s youth singer
  • Fred Locks – Moving With the Father; Culturally (Tan-Yah) ‘95
  • R. Zee Jackson – Come Now Father; 10” (Sip a Cup) 2005 UK

Set 8: UFOria

  • Anubian Lights – Starvox; Outflight EP (Crippled Dick Hot Wax) 2001: UFOria set
  • Word Sound I Powa – Intro; Live at Planet Crooklyn (Wordsound) ’96 Aliens looking for weed in Brooklyn
  • UFO feat. DeeDee Bridgewater – Flying Saucer; Saint Germain des Pres IV (Wagram) 2004
  • Nicky Thomas – Moonwalk; Love of the Common People (Trojan) ‘71
  • Subway – Satellites; Soul Jazz Records 2006-2007 (Soul Jazz) 2007 dubstep
  • Tena Stelin – Cosmic Session; 10” (Roots Hi-Tek) 2006 UK

Ancient Aliens drinking game:

 

Smile Jamaica Ark-Ives: June 2, 2018 (Stream + Tracklist): 29 years, 11 months!

Greetings,

Now that we hit June, it’s Reggae Season as I ‘n’ I celebrate the last month on 2 decades of Reggae Radio before I celebrate 30 years in July; 1988-2018. From Reagan to the Cheetolini. All killer, no filler

bless, Bobbylon

Ronald Reagan with Jamaican leader Edward Seaga.

Smile Jamaica Ark-Ives: June 2, 2018; 37 sec.

Set 1:

  • Jah Malla – Oh Jah Man; Jah Malla (Modern) ’81 US vinyl

<Sons of first gen Reggae Stalwarts; 19 sec.>

  • Tad’s Logic Dub Band – Science; Chapter 1 Dub  Mix (Tad’s) ’84 UK vinyl dub album of the hour
  • Zema – Jubilee; Jubilee (Melchizedek) 2009 SoCal female singer
  • Capital Letters – Buzzrock; Headline News (Greensleeves) ‘ 79 instrumental
  • Greyhound – The Change; Black and White (Trojan) ‘71
  • Johnny Clarke – Ites, Green and Gold; Rockers Time Now (Virgin Front Line) ‘76
  • Wilbert – Gregory Isaacs; Do Lord (Xterminator) ’98 4:20 Cannabis Service Announcement
  • Itopia Band – Book of Rules; 10” (Wackies) ’82 Bronx: Heptones cover
Heptones original. Bobby & the Midnites cover tune

Set 2:

  • Hepcat – Daydreaming; Push ‘N Shove (Hellcat) 2000 SoCal ska
  • Black Harmony – Don’t Let It Go to Your Head; Hustle! (Soul Jazz) ’79 female roots disco
  • Charlie Chaplin – Throw Some Corn; Take Two (RAS) ’89 live in the studio over Larry Marshall’s original
  • Jah Glen – Save Our Nation; 10” (South East Music) ’79 UK

Set 3: Best of Smile Jamaica 28+  Years

  • Gideon Jah Rubbaal – Get Ready Rasta Children; Free Us Now (ACL) 70’s roots singer
  • Keith Hudson – I’m Not Satisfied; Rasta Communication (Greensleeves) ‘78
  • Marcia Griffiths – Dreamland; Naturally (Shanachie) ’78 Bunny Wailer cover
  • Linval Thompson – I Love Marijuana + Jamaican Colley (dub); I Love Marijuana (Trojan) ’78 herbtune

Set 4:

  • Wingless Angels – Roll Jordan Roll; Wingless Angels (Mindless) ’96 niyabinghi w/ Keith Richards & Justin Hinds
  • Cedric ‘Im Brooks – Africa; Light of Saba (Honest Jon’s) ’75 funk/African instrumental
  • Nicolette – No Government; Saint Germain des Pres IV (Wagram) 2004
  • Keeling Beckford & Nicodemus – That Girl + Trotting; 10” (12 Star) ’82 US
  • Jah Shaka – Coronation Dub; Commandments of Dub Chapter 9: Coronation Dub (Jah Shaka) ’89 Dub Album of the Hour

Set 5: Vinyl is Vital

  • Bob Marley & the Wailers – Put It On; Wailing Wailers (Studio One) ’65 JA

<The Wailers first LP in 1965; 74 sec.>

  • Peter Tosh – Soon Come; Dealing With the Shytstem (bootleg) 11/5/82 Los Angeles, CA – The Roxy
  • Cornell Campbell & Hortense Ellis(?) – Will You Always Be Sincere; Stalowatt (Third World) ’76 UK
  • Ijahman – Devil Disciple; Forward Rastaman (Jahmani) ’87 UK
  • Ras Michael & the Sons of Negus – Sip Your Cup; Movements (Dynamic Sounds) ’78 JA nyahbinghi herb tune

Set 6: Rockers do Reggae 

  • Linda McCartney – Mister Sandman; Wild Prairie (MPL) ‘70s reggae update of classic. Lee Perry prod’n

<Lee “Scratch” Perry meets Linda McCartney inna rub a dub style; 43 sec.>

  • Elvis Costello & the Imposters – Watching the Detectives; Return of the Spectacular Spinning Songbook (Hip-O) 2011
  • Cymande – The Message; Soul of Rasta (Newhouse) ’74 UK Caribbean expats
  • The Clash feat. Mikey Dread – Crooked Beat; Sandinista! (Epic) ’80 punk/reggae crossover
  • King Tubby – Natty Dub; Roots of Dub (Moll-Selekta)  ’75 Dub Album of the Hour
Linda McCartney on Smile Jamaica? WTF?

Set 7:

  • Andrea – Breathe; CD Single (vx) 2006 Can. dawta
  • Carlton & the Shoes – Just Me; Love Me Forever (Studio One) ’79
  • John Holt – Not Leaving; 10″ (Holt) ’83 US

Set 8: Mutant Dub

  • Hollie Cook – Together; Vessel of Love (Merge) 2018 UK dubstress: Mutant Dub Set
  • Dubxanne – Walking on the Moon; King Size Dub Chapter 13 (Echo Beach) 2010 Police cover
  • Thievery Corporation – Air Batucada; Mirror Conspiracy (ESL) 2000 DC
  • Dublife Soundsystem – Money on the Floors; 1977 BaSS Thunder (Dublife Soundsystem) 2008 SLC
  • Dry & Heavy – Strictly Baby; From Creation (Beat) 2002 Jah-pon
  • Ras Hassen-ti & Munky Lee – Build da Temple; 10″ (Dreadlyon) 2006 Fr.

Smile Jamaica Ark-Ives: Memorial Roots Digital Dubplate

Greetings,

Went to Albuquerque last week for some family time. My nephew’s High School graduation. So I spend some time in my Secret Dubratory cooking up another 3 hour Reggae Special. Livicated to all the fallen heroes and heroines of Reggae – singing and playing in Jah’s Heavenly Choir on behalf of Memorial Day.

bless, Bobbylon

0-30 min.

  • King Tubby//African Brothers – Original Dub; In Dub (Nature Sounds)
  • Dennis Brown – Man Next Door; The Best of Dennis Brown – The Niney Years (Heartbeat) ’79 Paragons cover
  • Mikey Dread – Proper Educaton; Dread at the Controls (DATC) ’79
  • Bim Sherman – It Must Be a Dream + Dreaming Dub: Bim Sherman Meets Horace Andy & U Black in a Rub-a-Dub Style (Original) ’79
  • Ari Up – Kill Em With Love; Dread More Dan Dead (Collision) 2005 former member of female punk group The Slits
  • Barry Brown – Trod On; Far East (Hitbound) ’82
  • Bingy Bunny – Reggae Party; Kingston 12 Toughie (RAS) ’79

30-60 min.

  • Bob Marley & the Wailers – Brainwashing; African Herbsman (Trojan)   ’71 nursery rhym
  • Gregory Isaacs – Sad to Know You’re Leaving; Night Nurse (Mango) ’82
  • I Roy – African Herbsman; African Herbsman (Trojan) ’81 herb tune over Johnny Clarke
  • Jacob Miller – Jolly Joseph; Mixed Up Moods (Top Ranking International’) ’80 
  • Prince Far I – A Message; Cry  Tuff Dub Encounter Chapter 3 (Hitrun/Danceteria) ’78 dub
  • The Ruts – Give the Youth a Chance; The Crack (Virgin) ’79 UK punks do Reggae
  • Marvin Gaye – Third World Girl; Midnight Love (Columbia) ’82 

60-90 min.

  • Cedella Marley Booker – He’s a Rastaman; Awake Zion (Rykodisc) ’84 Bob’s mom
  • Phyllis Dillon – On the Right Track; Midnight Confessions (Treasure Isle) ‘72
  • George Faith – In the Midnight Hour; To Be a Lover (Mango) ’77 Wilson Pickett cover
  • Robert Palmer – Pressure Drop; Pressure Drop (Island) ‘79 Toots & the Maytals cover
  • Frank Zappa – Lucille Has Messed My Mind Up; Joe’s Garage (Rykodisc) ‘79
  • John Holt – Police in Helicopter; Police in Helicopter (Greensleeves) ’82 herbtune
  • Jah Lloyd – Guard of Honor; Good Old Days of the 70’s (Teams)
  • Peter Broggs – Pick Up the Reggae; Rastafari Liveth! (RAS) ‘82

90 min. – 2 hr.

  • Culture – Trod On; Production Something (Heartbeat)
  • Justin Hinds & the Dominoes – Know Jah Better; Know Jah Better (Nighthawk) ‘90
  • Nicky Thomas – New Morning; Doing the Moonwalk (Trojan) ’73 Dylan/Harrison cover
  • Keith Hudson – I’m Not Satisfied; Rasta Communication (Greensleeves) ‘79
  • Prince Jazzbo – Weeping and Wailing; Ital Corner (Clocktower) ’76 Lee “Scratch” Perry prod.
  • Peter Tosh – Buk-in-Hamm Palace 12″; Mystic Man (EMI America) ’79 

2 – 2 and 1/2 hr.

  • Frankie Paul – Pass the Tu-sheng Peng; Pass the Tu-sheng Peng (Greensleeves) ’84 herbtune
  • Laurel Aitken – Heile Heile (The Lion); Woppi King (Trybute) ’69
  • Augustus Pablo & Herman Chin-Loy – Iggy, Iggy; Aquarius Rock (Pressure Sounds) ’71 melodica
  • Junior Murvin – Bad Weed; Arkology (Island) ’77 Lee “Scratch” Perry prod’n
  • Jimmy Riley – Ride On; 20 Classic Hits (Sonic) ‘ 85 Isaac Hayes cover
  • Sugar Minott – Herbman Hustling; Big Blunts (Tommy Boy)
  • Cedric ‘Im Brooks & the Light of Saba – Jah Light It Right; Magical World of Light of Saba (Honest Jon’s) ’76 horns + nyah drums
  • Nora Dean – Barbwire; Monkey Business (Trojan) ’70
  • Desmond Dekker – 007 (Shanty Town); Israelites (Trojan) ’67

2 and 1/2 – 3 hr.

  • Tenor Saw – Who’s Gonna Help Me Praise + Dub; Fever (Blue Mountain) ’85
  • Hugh Mundell – Can’t Pop No Style; Blackman’s Foundation (Shanachie) ’83
  • Lacksley Castell – Government Man; Morning Glory (Negus Roots) ’82
  • Alton Ellis – Can’t Stand It (Extended Mix); Cry Tough (Treasure Isle/Heartbeat) ’68
  • Hortense Ellis – Unexpected Places; Queen of Reggae Music (JA) ’76
  • The Skatalites – Rolling Steady; Rolling Steady (Motion) ’83 ska reunion

Smile Jamaica Ark-Ives (Stream + Tracklist) May 12, 2018: Happy Mother’s Day!

 

 

 

Bob and his beloved mother, Cedella. Happy Mother’s Day from Smile Jamaica!

Greetings,

To my beloved mother, Jeannette and my sister, Stacey. Happy Mother’s Day to all the Mother’s, Mom’s, Mommies & Mamas.

Harvested tracks out of the Smile Jamaica Ark-Ive celebrating motherhood.

By tradition, I will always begin each show with this beautiful country ballad about a youth who does chores, babysits and gets good grades. Youthman tallies up  his bill and presents it to mom for reimbursement.

Mom, takes a look and this is what she says:

<No Charge>

No Charge by Tammy Wynette, Reggae version by Sonya Spence

Now our little boy came up to his mom
In the kitchen this evenin’ while she was fixin’ supper
And he handed her a piece of paper he’d been writin’ on
And after wipin’ her hands on her apronn
She read it, and this is what it said.
For mowin’ the lawn, five dollars
For makin’ my own bed this week, one dollar
And for goin’ to the store, fifty cents
An’ playin’ with little brother while you went shoppin’, twenty-five cents.
Takin’ out the trash, one dollar
Gettin’ a good report card, five dollars
And for rakin’ the yard, two dollars
Total owed, fourteen seventy-five.
Well, as mom looked at him standin’ there expectantly
And I could see the mem’ries flashing through her mind
And so she picked up the pen, and turnin’ the paper over
This is what she wrote.
For the nine months I carried you growin’ inside me, no charge
For the nights I’ve sat up with you
Doctored you, and prayed for you, no charge
For the time and the tears
That you’ve cost through the years, there’s no charge
And when you add it all up
The full cost of my love is no charge.
For the nights filled with dread
And all the worries ahead, no charge
For advice and the knowledge
And the cost of your college, no charge
For the toys, food and clothes and even for wipin’ your nose
There’s no charge, son
And when you add it all up
The full cost of my love is, no charge.
Well, when he finished readin’
He had great big old tears in his eyes
And he looked up at her standing there and said
Mama, I sure do love you
Then he took the pen,
And in great big letters
He wrote paid in full.
Lord knows when you add it all up
The cost of real love is, no charge…
bless, Bobbylon
This one will bring a tear to your I ‘n’ I

Smile Jamaica Annotated Playlist: May 12, 2018 – 3 Hours Mother’s  Day; 38 sec.

Set 1:

  • Paul Simon – Mother and Child Reunion; Paul Simon (Warner Bros.) ’72

<Paul Simon at Dynamic Studios: Kingston JA; 23 sec.>

  • Mother Earth – The Quiet Storm; A Breath of Fresh Air (Ariwa) ’84 UK vinyl dub album of the hour
  • Sonya Spence – No Charge; In the Dark (Skynote) ’78 Tammy Wynette mother’s day
  • Mighty Diamonds – Hey Mommy; Speak the Truth (RAS) ’94
  • Burning Spear – Mother; Man in the Hills (mango) ’76 US vinyl
  • Daweh Congo – Mother Arose; Human Rights & Justice (Roots & Culture) 2004
  • Desmond Dekker – Honor Your Father & Mother; Israelites: Best of (Trojan) ’63
Paul Simon paid union wages while recording in Jamaica.

Set 2:

  • Jimmy Cliff – Dear Mother; Follow My Mind (MCA) ’75
  • Peter Roots – Poor Mama; 7″ (Belleville International) 2002 Fr.
  • Black Roots – Childless Mother; All Day, All Night (Nubian) ’87 UK
  • Papa Levi – Baby Mother; 12″ (Jah Records)) ’86 UK picture sleeve

Set 3:

  • Nicky Thomas – Mama’s Song; Love of the Common People (Trojan) ’70
  • Heptones – Mama Say; Night Food (Mango) ’76 US vinyl
  • Jah Messengers – Mama Mama; Reggae Time (Heartbeat) ’93
  • Lloyd Charmers & the Hippy Boys – Mama Look Deh; Psychedelic Reggae (Trybute) ’69 
  • Reggay Boys – Mama Look Deh; 7″ (Amalgamated) ’68
  • Chosen Brothers – Mother I Love You; 12″ (City Line) ’77 Bronx
  • Ja Man All Stars – Dub Zone; In the Dub Zone (Blood and Fire) ’77 Dub Album of the Hour

Set 4: Jamaican Jukebox 7″ 45’s

  • Benjamin Zephaniah – I Love Me Mudder; Dub Ranting 7″ EP (Radical Wallpaper) ’82 UK picture sleeve: 7″ Jamaican Jukebox set
  • Barry Brown – Thank You Mama; 7″ (Observer) ’83
  • Dennis Brown – Song My Mother Used to Sing; 7″ (Aquarius)
  • Doctor Alimantado –  Mama (I Thank You); 7″ (Vital Food) ’77
  • Chantells – Baby Mother; 7″ (Communicating) ’74
10 poems, 2 sides, 33 and 1/3

Set 5: Vinyl is Vital

  • Peter Tosh – Mama Africa; Mama Africa (EMI America) ’83 US
  • Yellowman – Honor Your Mother; Jack Sprat (Hit) ’82 JA
  • Simple Simon – Obey Your Mother and Father; Reggae Move (Vista Sounds) ’83 UK
  • Little John –  I Love My Mommy; Give the Youth a Try (Live & Learn) ’83 DC
  • The Meditations – Mother Love; No More Friend (Greensleeves) ’83 UK

Set 6:

  • Cedella Marley Booker – Mother Don’t Cry; Awake Zion (Rykodisc) ’84 on Bob’s deathbead: 5/11/81

<Bob going to a better place, “Mother don’t cry”>

  • Jimmy Riley – Black Mother Prays; 20 Classic Hits (Sonic) ’83
  • Mighty Maytones – Father and Mother; Madness (Burning Sounds) ’76 UK
  • Horace Andy – Mother and Child Reunion; Mr. Bassie (Heartbeat/Studio One) Paul Simon
  • Jah Shaka Meets Aswad – Addis Ababa; In Addis Ababa Studio (Jah Shaka) ’84 Dub Album of the Hour
Mother Don’t Cry, I’m going to a better place

Set 7;

  • Ben Harper & the Innocent Criminals – Mama’s Trippin’; Voodoo Child (bootleg) Bonn, Germany Apr. 1998
  • Judy Mowatt – Hush Baby Mother; Working Wonders (Shanachie) ’86
  • Hugh Griffiths – Mother Africa; Mother Africa (My-o-lanta) ’86 UK vinyl
  • Anthony Johnson – Mother, Mother; Reggae Feelings (Vista Sounds) ’83 UK vinyl
  • Gregory Isaacs – Motherless Children; Sly & Robbie Present (RAS) ’80

Set 8:

  • Creation Rebel – Mother Don’t Cry; Psychotic Jonkanoo (Statik/ON U Sound) ’81 UK mutant dub
  • Fun-da-Mental feat. Thievery Corporation; Mother Africa Feeding Sister India DJ-Kicks (!K7) ’99
  • Nicodemus – Mother-in-Law; She Love It In the Morning (Hitbound) ’82 US
  • Prince Alla – Mama Don’t Fight; Reggae All Stars (Freedom Sounds) ’78 JA vinyl
  • Donna V – Black Mother Cry; 7″ (Grade One) ’94
  • Michael Rose – Mama Africa; 7″ (RCR) 2008 for Darfur, Sudan
  • Ari Up – Baby Mother; Dread More Dan Dead (Collision) 2012 UK dubstress
RIP mutant dub mama

Words of Wisdom:

 

Smile Jamaica Ark-Ives: May 5, 2018 (Stream + Tracklist): Jah-tucky Derby Stylee!

Congrats to 2018 Kentucky Derby winner Justify

Greetings,

Jamaicans love horse racing too. Every Kentucky Derby Saturday I try to spin a set devoted to Jamaican horse racing. Just as the bugle starts and gates fly, open I drop the bass and go for m own musical horse race.

In Jamaica, their main track is called Caymanas Park. And the jockeys tend to be Chinese-Jamaicans rather than Latin Americans, as in the US.

<Caymanas Park; 39 sec.>

And because this is Reggae, the best song is a track by Bojangles from when the Two Sevens Clashed (’77) on a grooving Culture riddim, he relays the race between these contenders in the Selassie I Cup: 24 sec.

  1. Babylon 2-1
  2. Soul Youth 3-1
  3. Rome – Even
  4. Pope Pius 3-5 (the guy in the Vatican in 1977)
  5. Dreadlocks 8-1
  6. Baldhead 15-1
  • Win! – Dreadlocks
  • Place! – Baldhead
  • Show! – Soul Youth

And here is what happened to Pope Pius….22 sec.

Pope Pius couldn’t finish out in the Selassie I Cup and the ambulance was called — Bojangles, ’77

bless, Bobbylon

Smile Jamaica Annotated Playlist: May 5, 2018; 90 sec.

Set 1:

  • Jah Lloyd – Reggae Feeling; Black Moses (Virgin Front Line) ’79 UK vinyl to Mike Brooks
  • Armagideon – Spiral Galaxy; 12″ (Dubhead) ’96 UK mutant dub vinyl of the hour
  • Big Youth – Hit the Road Jack (Tribute to Bob, Peter, Bunny); Jamming in the House of Dread (Danceteria) 8/20/90 Live at Reggae Japansplash
  • Sandra Cross & the Wild Bunch – Free South Africa; Roots Daughters (Ariwa) ’88
  • Little John – Smoke Ganga (sic) Hard; 10″ (Well Charge) ’81 JA 4:20 Cannabis Service Announcement
9 down, 41 to go!

Set 2: Kentucky Derby Set

  • Dillinger – Caymanas Park; 7″ (Well Charge) Kentucky Derby Set; Caymanas Park = J’can race track
  • The Pioneers – Longshot Kicked de Bucket; Greatest Hits (Trojan) ’79 UK vinyl
  • The Specials – Longshot Kicked de Bucket; Too Much Too Young (Receiver) ’79 Live at Astoria College: Pioneers cover
  • Racefans – Bookie Man; 7″ (Upset) ’70
  • Bojangles – Selassie I Cup; 7″ (Joe Gibbs Record Globe) ’77

Set 3: Best of Smile Jamaica 28+ Years

  • Misty in Roots – Judas Iscariot; Live at the Counter Eurovision (Kaz) ’79
  • Judy Mowatt – Concrete Jungle; Black Woman (Shanachie) ’76 Wailers cover
  • Johnny Clarke – Don’t Call I Daddy; Don’t Trouble Trouble (Attack) ’75
  • Burning Spear – Down By the Riverside; Creation Rebel (Heartbeat/Studio One)
  • African Brothers & King Tubby – Original Dub; African Brothers Meet  King Tubby in Dub (Nature Sounds) Dub Album of the Hour

Set 4:

  • Hollie Cook – Stay Alive; Vessel of Love (Merge) 2018 UK mutant dubstress
  • Flick Wilson – Lucifer; Don’t Give Up Your Culture (Moll-Selekta) ’80
  • Lee “Scratch” Perry & Merlene Gifford – Solid As a Rock; Chicken Scratch (Heartbeat/Studio One) early Rock Steady
  • Trinity – Healing of the Nation; 12′ (Burning Vibrations) ’82 herbtune
  • Itopia Band – Why; 10″ (Wackies) ’82 Bronx
Dawta of a Sex Pistol Slits member. Smile Jlamaica’s favorite Mutant Dubstress

Set 5: Vinyl is Vital

  • Black Stalin – Vampire Year; In Ah Earlier Time (Makossa Internation) ’81 Trinidad & Tobago soca 
  • Sister Carol – International Style; Black Cinderella (Jah Life) ’84 Brooklyn
  • Chalice – Dance Hall Daze; Crossfire (CTS) ’85 JA
  • Bim Sherman & the Voluntary – Keep You Dancing (Century) ’84 UK
  • Desi Roots – Nature Boy; Doing It Right (Hawkeye) ’80 UK

Set 6: Wailers Family Tree

  • Peter Tosh – Burial; Dealing With the Shytstem (bootleg) Live at the Roxy 11/5/82 Los Angeles
  • Bunny Wailer – One Drop; Hall of Fame (RAS) ’95 50 covers of Bob Marley for his 50th birthday
  • Bob Marley & the Wailers – Who Colt the Game + Dub; Lost Black Ark Sessions (Ascension) rare Lee Perry prod’ns

Set 7: Rockers do Reggae

  • Cymande – Brothers on the Slide; Cymande (Sequel) ’74 Dove of Peace – UK Caribeean expats
  • Hot Chocolate – Confetti Day; Every 1’s a Winner (Infinity) ’78 UK
  • David Lindley – Twist & Shout; El Rayo-X (Elektra) ’81 Beatles cover
  • Pretenders – Private Life; Pretenders (Sire) ’80

Set 8: Mutant Dub

  • The Archives feat. Ichelle Cole – Boof Baff; The Archives (ESL) 2012 DC w/ female vox
  • Dub Syndicate – Bazooke; King Size Dub Volume 2 (Echo Beach) ’96 UK
  • Iration Steppers – Kilimanjaro; Lead With the Bass II (Universal Egg) ’96 UK  
  • Prince David & the Abassi All-Stars – Put Life First; 10″ Humble Lion EP (Deep Root) 2008 UK
  • Thievery Corporation feat. Lou Lou – Le Monde; Mirror Conspiracy (ESL) 2000 Fr. female vox

Words of Wisdom: