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Dub Reggae Song of the Day

Song of the Day (Chaotic Neutral): Culture – Lion Rock

Day 24.

Was listening to this excellent mix by The Chemical Brothers on Mixcloud and it finishes with this incredible song. I’ve been a fan of Culture, & this song in particular, since hearing it on a John Peel show sometime way back when. Excellent decolonisation message.

What a shame what a shame
For the day dat we where born
We never seen the right dollar here
Only the count of fear we a see oh!

Bring back the money with the sign of the Lion money
Me say fe get back the money with the sign of the dragon money
Dat we no use him no no
Bring back the money with the sign of the Lion money
Me say fe get back the money with the sign of the dragon money

For we no waaaant
To hear no more about your great sir francis dread
Put us slave driver like wise
We no waaaant
To hear no more about your great long John Silver
Dat na have drop to use the sufferes dem
Bring back the money with the sign of the Lion money
Wat gone down can tell your friends dat i tell yu dat
I jus fe take back the money with the sign of the dragon money
Dats (?)even fe feed the hungry belly pickney dem me say yu
Bring back the money with the sign of the Lion money

Me no waaant
To hear no more about your great sir francis dread
The old slave driver
We no waaaant
To hear no more about your great long John Silver
Dat only help to colonialize our mind lord
Bring back the money with the sign of the Lion money
Lion dollars we want to see
Inna Jamdung
Take back the money with the sign of the dragon money
I am so tired to hear the sufferes dem a bawll
Bring back the money with the sign of the Lion money
The Lion dollars can’t satisfy good wants and needs
Take back the money with the sign of the Dragon money
One sake one sake inna aluminum kind hehe!
Bring back the money with the sign of the Lion money
Clap me with the Lion but back way with the dragon
Me say Bring back the money with the sign of the Lion money
Back way with the dragon inna dis ya time
The dragon must drop
Bring back the money with the sign of the Lion money
For we no waaaant
To hear no more about your great sir francis dread
We no waaaant
To hear no more about your dreadlock John Silver… FADE…

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Indie Rock Reggae Song of the Day

Song of the Day (Covers): Easy Star All-Stars – Electioneering (feat. Morgan Heritage)

Day 16. This amazing cover of the upbeat, cowbell-propelled Punk track from Radiohead’s landmark album OK Computer, is taken from a tribute album to that very album. Radiodread, Easy Star All-Stars’ follow up to their excellent Pink Floyd tribute Dub Side Of The Moon (I think you can guess which Pink Floyd album that is a tribute to), is a track-by-track cover of OK Computer.

Electioneering is probably my favourite tune on Radiodread, & that is a pleasant surprise because it’s probably the song on OK Computer which I thought would least work as a Reggae tune. Happy to be proved wrong. Like most of the songs, Electioneering features a guest vocalist, Morgan Heritage in this case.

I will stop, see I will stop for nothing
Say the right things when electioneering
I trust I can rely on your vote

When I go forward you go backward
Somewhere we will meet
When I go forward you go backward
Somewhere we will meet

Riot shields, voodoo economics, yes
It’s just business, cattle prods and the I.M.F.
I trust I can rely on your vote

Rockas

When I go forward you go backward
Somewhere we will meet
When I go forward you go backward
Somewhere we will meet

Rockas

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Song of the Day (Covers): Little Roy – Very Ape

Day 9. Little Roy’s 2011 album Battle For Seattle consists exclusively of covers of Nirvana tunes in a deep, traditional Roots Reggae style. While I enjoyed the whole album, for me Very Ape was the surprise sleeper hit for me. The one song on the album which shouldn’t have worked but somehow ended up being the standout.

I am buried up to my neck in
Contradictionary lies
I take pride as the king of illiterature
I’m very ape and very nice

If you ever need anything please don’t hesitate
to ask someone else first
I’m too busy acting like I’m not naive.
I’ve seen it all I was here first

Out of the ground
Into the sky
Out of the sky
Into the dirt

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Song of the Day (BLM): Bad Brains – Banned In DC

Day 6. I personally have always believed that the fury & DIY rebellion of Punk & Reggae were as much influences on the attitude of Hip Hop as Soul & Funk were on it’s sonic attributes.

Bad Brains are a Rastafarian Hardcore Punk & Reggae band from Washington DC. They were one of the first, & fastest, bands to play that particular genre of Punk Rock & were huge influences on everyone from Minor Threat & Black Flag to Nirvana & The Beastie Boys.

Banned In DC is a furious blast of hardcore energy which set the sonic blueprint for Hardcore Punk & cemented Bad Brains place as key players in Punk Rock.

Banned in D.C. with a thousand more places to go.
Gonna swim the Atlantic, cause that’s the only place I can go.

You, you can’t hurt me, why?! I’m banned in D.C. D.C.

We, we got ourselves, gonna sing it, gonna love it, gonna work it out to any length.
No worry, don’t worry, about what people say.
We got ourselves, we gonna make it anyway.

You, you can’t hurt me, why I’m banned in D.C. D.C. D.C.

And if you ban us from your clubs, it’s the right time, with the right mind.
And if you think we really care, then you won’t find in my mind.
Noooo! You can’t afford, to close your doors, so soon no more.

My oh my i lay you down upon the ground so soon no more.
Nooo you can’t afford to close your doors so soon no more.

My oh my i let you down upon the grounddddddd

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Song of the Day (A-Z): Steel Pulse – Ku Klux Klan

Day 11 (K). Ku Klux Klan. Anti-racist Reggae from Steel Pulse, a band who, in the late ’70’s, who couldn’t get gigs playing Caribbean venues due to their Rastafarianism. Instead, they managed to find gigs at Punk clubs in front of Punk crowds. This helped to solidify the already strong link between the two genres. In the minds of some fans, Steel Pulse were seen as an honorary Punk band. I personally heard them for the first time because this song appeared on a Punk & New Wave compilation.

Walking along just kicking stones
Minding my own business
I come face to face, with my foe
Disguised in violence from head to toe

I holla and I bawl (Ku Klux Klan)
But dem naw let me go now (Ku Klux Klan)
To let me go was not dem intention
Dem seh one nigger the less
The better for the show
Stand strong black skin and take your blow
It’s the Ku, the Ku Klux Klan
Ku Klux Klan (Ku Klux Klan)
Here to stamp out blackman yah
The Ku, the Ku Klux Klan heh!

To be taught a lesson not to walk alone
I was waiting for the Good Samaritan
But waiting was hopeless
It was all in vain
The Ku Klux Klan back again

I holla and I bawl (Ku Klux Klan)
Dem naw let me go now (Ku Klux Klan)
Dem seh one nigger the less
The better the show
Stand strong blackskin and take your blow
The Ku, Ku Klux Klan
Ku Klux Klan (Ku Klux Klan)
Rape, lynch, kill and maim
Things can’t remain the same yah no!

Blackman do unto the Klan
AS they would do to you
In this case hate they neighbour
Those cowards only kill who they fear
That’s why they hide behind
The hoods and cloaks they wear
I holla and I bawl (Ku Klux Klan)
Dem naw let me go no (Ku Klux Klan)

Oh no, oh no
Ku Klux Klan (Ku Klux Klan)
Here to stamp out black man yah
Rape, lynch, kill and maim
Things can’t remain the same yah
No, no, no, no (Ku Klux Klan)

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