Sunday, December 28, 2008

i. begg your pardon ?

TRLS 189.

I am not sure on which label this early Big Youth - Manley Augustus Buchanen - production first appeared; it features prominently on several Trojan compilations chronicling the period 1972-1976, but it definitely predates 1973's "Screaming Target". It very possibly first appeared under the title "Ace 90 Skank" as a 7" on the Mafia, Down Turn label.

Written, I believe, by Manley Buchanen in collaboration with Keith Hudson, and produced by Keith Hudson.

BIG YOUTH: S.90 SKANK from "Everyday Skank (Best of Big Youth: 1972-1977)" LP (Trojan) 1980 (Jamaica)



Your driver said...

Ride like lightnin' crash like t'under. I just recently came to appreciate the brilliance of Keith Hudson. Back in the late seventies, early eighties, every other record producer was overshadowed by Lee Perry. There were great non Perry productions, but the producers were obscure and their product was often spotty. I remember fishing some nameless dub compilation out of a bargain bin and bringing it home. Every song on it was the dullest most predictable crap on Earth. There is simply not enough marijuana in the universe to get me to sit through that kind of stuff- BUT- Somewhere in there was a dub version of 'Three Times A Lady' by the Commodores. I hated the Commodores. I hated 'Three Times A Lady' but this dub was transcendentally beautiful. No artist credits, no producer credits, nothing.

the verification word is "Foremobs".

ib said...

I concur 100% with your observation that Lee Perry and Black Ark standing head and shoulders above the rest. The early 80s, in particular, saw some atrocious pseudo dub being unleashed on a gullible public primed by some awful European labels in bed with the music press.

I don't believe I've heard that dub version of the Commodores' "classic"; get thee behind me, Lionel Richie...

Foremobs Mafia, Down Turn, eh ? The Google word verification thing is as randomly poetic and apposite as Burroughs' cut & paste method.

Anonymous said...

You can't go wrong with Dub.

BTW - notice Blogger/Google has backed off? They are no longer doing mass takedowns.

ib said...


I noticed it was alarmingly all quiet on the western front, but I've been wondering if this latest development is merely some kind of Christmas armistice ? Who knows where they're going with this next ?


I don't buy the armistice thing. I think the pre-Xmas takedown scourge was merely the result of Capitalist pig recordwhatevers trying to squeeze out the last little bit of Xmas gold from consumers. They decided if we musick pirates giving it away for free could be halted, then they could make a bit more profit. The true commercial spirit of the holydays. But that's just IMHO. Time will tell.

word verification - unita!

Anonymous said...

I think it's over. Here's a link:

The Wall Street Journal says the music industry is set to drop its legal attacks on individual pirates as it searches for more effective ways to combat online music theft. The decision represents an abrupt change in strategy for the industry, which has opened legal proceedings against about 35,000 people since 2003. Critics say the legal offensive ultimately did little to stem the tide of illegally downloaded music, and it created a public relations disaster for the industry, whose lawsuits targeted, among others, several single mothers, a dead person and a 13-year-old girl. Instead, the Recording Industry Association of America said it plans to try an approach that relies on the co-operation of internet service providers. The RIAA said it has worked out preliminary agreements with major ISPs under which people who upload music may eventually be cut off from their internet service.

ib said...

Nate, that was roughly my thinking too; hit them hard to protect Christmas sales, but I found the fact it suddenly stopped the week before the 25th very suspect. It's kind of like the calm before a storm.


ib said...

Dean: thanks for the link. I missed this piece of news entirely.

I'm wondering how those ISPs will police this new strategy. Is it to be aimed at PTP software specifically, or what ?

Like Nathan said earlier, time will tell.