Steel Pulse sometimes gets a bum rap for being too “pop” or radio friendly. I could not disagree more. I am a roots fan to the core, and I own everything Steel Pulse has released. Listen to their first 4 albums and tell me they are not a roots band. David Hinds writes some of the hardest lyrics you will ever hear in a reggae tune. Take one of my favorites, “Unseen Guest,” which opens my favorite album, Tribute To The Martyrs:
“Down in the dungeon
I heard them constructing, the scaffold
Where . . . I’ll be lynched aloft high
The thoughts of me to die
Rocking like a pendulum,
Anyway it does’nt matter cause
I’ll be swinging to the rhythms of heh.
Jah Jah watch over I”
And I could go on for days quoting brutal lyrics like that. Much respect David Hinds and the Steel Pulse crew! They will always get pure love from the MIDNIGHT RAVER BLOG…
Enjoy this amazing performance from 1983.
Steel Pulse Live at Paradiso Amsterdam 26 November 1983 Good FM Recording.
01-George Jackson 02-Biko 03-Blues Dance Raid 04-Soldiers 05-Rally Round The Flag 06-Handsworth Revolution 07-Riot 08-Chant A Psalm 09-Sound System 10-Drug Squad 11-Ravers 12-Man No Sober