Pumpin’ Joy Through Midnight Years Ahead Dread Labor Day 1980


Want it, want it
Can’t get it
Get it, get it
Want more

There’s enough in the world
for everyone’s needs,
but not enough in the world
for everyone’s greed

So have no fear
The Lion of Judah is here…
Satan and His Queendom
Fall, fall, fall:


In this forwarding time capsule artifact from the past, a present unto the future, ska, dub & fresh reggae music rings true while politricks heats up a fiery Labor Day in late summer 1980 as Contender Reagan & President Carter cock fists for their fall campaign clashes. Midnight Dread showers the spectacle with THTC & PT. Bob Marley’s about to draw a bad card come Sept. 21st so it’s Uprising and Jamaica Ska time all copasetic and t’ing on the airwaves with a wicked 7″ version from Living Truth. Jimmy Cliff’s got a brand new baggin’ single mashin’ up Satan System while the Zodiac News Service reports mid-program the dying U.S. Selective Service System has record of now felonious no-shows by the millions showing how wide spread civil disobedience easily overwhelms the shitstem’s facade of fraud. The draft ain’t got no mojo no more.

Then it’s “Coolie Baby” with Toots. King Tubby pre-fracks with deepening echo the chronic “Oil Crisis”. Errol Scorcher portends dance hall’s coming rise with his infectious “Dance All Style” before The Tamlins twist Randy Newman’s “Baltimore” into the just-issued Sly & Robbie saw-dust-up dub dynamite ‘Cause the city’s dyin’ and they don’t know why’ devolutionary anthem worthy of even better title music for The Wire. But wait, there’s more. At midnight, now that Midnight Dread starts at 11pm, things always get dreader and better. It’s the mystical heavy manners of The Black Eagles “Pumpin’ Joy” and laying down the law for The Meditation’s “Ram Jam Session” into a Rudy double-play pitting The Specials message up with Gregory:


The youths them don’t want
no pinball machine…

What they need
is cultivation,
to feed up
Imanity and Iration



Dreadcasting over the air and online daily 21st Century Midnight Dread programs at 12am including replays often heard in his Best of All Worlds high noon slot and where one can also become conscious at 6am with the indigenous sounds of Native Son Rising, all curated by Doug everyday, all times Pacific. Many more Midnight Dread sights & sounds here and on this blog’s Midnight Dread page. Go deh. All of dem.

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