Mankind Getting Stuck, JA / USA elections crash Midnight Dread #43 Nov. 2nd-3rd 1980


These big changes intensified dread. The 1980 Jamaican elections were held on October 30th. The USA followed suit 30 hours after this radio show. Read it in the news. The JA article linked above mentions the possible political connection to the terrible Eventide Fire. With DJ reports like Trinity’s “Eventide Home” & its horrific dub “Massive Fire” rockers music reveals it. Midnight Dread feels it. Radio antidotes it. This unheard since original broadcast freshly digitized edition starts with Bob Marley setting the captives free just before another Tuff Gong related item, the Top Ranking labeled fiery Devon Ians cover of George Clinton’s “One Nation Under A Groove” calls out against a rising tide of fear & loathing by seeking unity across the nations with groovy uptempo reggae sounds:


Jacob Miller has only been gone a few months leaving his last album MIXED UP MOODS to debut in his wake, a deep foray into then modern roots reggae with stunning vocals, way stronger than anything Inner Circle did for Capitol Records in that era as the title track reflects the needless passive/aggressive badness in a Babylon shitstem:



Jacob “Killer” Miller’s orange pressing shone like an October pumpkin pumping vitality into vinyl singing “False leaders rise everyday, show us their evil ways, prophecy say that they will have their day… mixed up moods & attitudes won’t work, don’t work.” Following Rico’s 2 Tone “Sea Cruise” excursion Rita Marley’s first solo lp, the just released Who Feels It Knows It, gets another track premiered, the evocative “Easy Sailing” following the play the previous week of “The Beauty Of God’s Plan” & “Jah Jah Don’t Want”:



In the Reggae Beat report Stevie Wonder’s upcoming December 7th ‘Hotter Than July Masterblaster’ concert at The Cow Palace in San Francisco is announced. Behind the scenes this indicates that the proposed Marley & Wailers/Wonder tour is off & stories of Bob’s ill health probably correct. Meanwhile, to help top things off thematically Mikey Dread’s first Dread At The Control foot long forty five outside Jamaica, the heavy bass ‘cranial cracking sounds’ of “Break Down The Walls / Wall Street Rock” unwinds, its righteous lyrics occupy inspiration for the 99%, counteracting the likes of Maggie, Eddie, Ronnie, and their International Monetary Fund 1% defenders & connivers:


The most fortune-telling proved-too-true tune of this midnight hour is the entrance of Leonard Dillon’s “When Will Be The End” masterpiece from the just out Studio One long player EVERYTHING CRASH:

“what is wrong with this current generation,
can’t they stop living in total desperation,
what is the meaning of this all,
when will the weather be making its last call,
when will be the end of it all,
now that our back is against the wall

hatred & scorn has torn us apart,
sufferation has left some with a broken heart,
corruption is slowly making lots of progress,
because mankind has been living in a mess,
corruption is tearing us to pieces today,
corruption is taking the world away,
sufferation is playing amok,
and mankind is getting stuck”

Last week’s 33 years ahead program. Dreadcasting over the air since 1979 & online since 1996 dreader 21st Century Midnight Dread programs air daily 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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