This one-of-a-kind Wackies tribute contains some of the most legendary reggae vocals and dubs ever recorded on American soil. Jamaica said it couldn’t be done. You could never again create that deep, spiritual, rootsy sound and vibe outside of Jamaica. Native Jamaican Lloyd “Bullwackie” Barnes and his loyal crew of engineers and musicians attempted the impossible and made it happen.
In addition to the mix included below, here is a very interesting performance of Bunny Wailer’s “Cool Runnings” by Sugar Minott. While it does not compare to Bunny’s brilliant performance, the B-side deejay cut by Jah Batta is murderous. On a Wackies 12″.
Big shout to Carter van Pelt who has featured many from the Wackies crew on his top ranking radio show Eastern Standard Time, NYC. I have included crucial excerpts from these shows in the mix.
Reckless Breed – Dub Full A Girl Soul Syndicate – Reckless Roots Don “Jah” Carlos – Prepare Yourself Jah Man Bullwackies All-Stars – Creation Ras Delahaye & The Vibratones – Before I Got Married (Version) Junior Delahaye – Love Junior Delahaye – You’re All I Need Junior Delahaye – Travelling Man Wayne Jarrett – African Woman Munchie & the Corner Crew – A Dis Ya A Dub Wayne Jarrett – Every Tongue Shall Tell Chosen Brothers – March Down Babylon Love Joys – Gimme Back Part II (Wackies 12″) Bullwackies All-Stars – Mash It Up Scotty, Clive And Conrad – I Wanna Get Next To You (Instrumental) (City Line 7″) Bullwackies All Star – Stop This World Version (Aires 7″) Sel Wheeler / Bullwackies All Stars – Tribal Affair (Aires 7″) Leroy Heptones – My Guiding Star (Aires 7″) Bullwackies All-Stars – Promotion Rock Bullwackies All-Stars – Super Dub
This article about Wackies appeared in the February 11, 1984 issue of NME.
“Love We A Deal With” sing The Rastafarians featuring Haile Maskel, Vision Walker (of the original Wailers), Herb Daly et al as the Santa Cruz based roots masters fire up this radio program answering Moses’ Musical Desire. Mikey Dread chimes in with World War III. It’s the very best of 1980, fresh & frantic, don’t panic. Level vibes. Foot long forty fives. Roger Steffens of KCRW’s Reggae Beat joins Doug Wendt on Midnight Dread’s Part 2, all in all totaling over 6 hours of 33 years ahead new music and discoveries on commercial rock station KTIM. Bunny Wailer’s massive rocker “Crucially Crucial” bellows before Bob Marley draws “Bad Card”, Jamaican mix seven inch-wise. Colt 45! Then Duppy live mixes Stevie Wonder’s new hit “Master Blaster” with subdivided 12″ dubs of dynamite radio dimensions clearing the skies for the Jamaican disco 45s to cloudburst the sounds, 1980 shot after shot. Like Badoo toasts for New Year’s Eve with his “Rocking Of The Five Thousand”
Sly & Robbie carry the swing with production after production scoring in the top ranks of the very best singles of the year. Row-Jah calls the new decade “the weighty eighties” and their Taxi songs signal the dawning of the new tech-knowledgely. The Clash, Matumbi, & other UK bands as well as Lovers Rock are well-charged and represented. Then some great new compilations tell the history of Jamaican music. “Whatever happened to bluebeat, ska, & rock steady?” goes one tune. It’s all here in just the first 80 minutes of this three hour+ extravaganza. Happy New Year! Fire it up and wail. Fourward in Fourteen.
One of the gnarliest tunes ever presses to vinyl. I found this original press 12″ in NM condition recently. Bullwackie tests the Gods on this one. And the B-side mix of “Stranger”? EVEN TUFFER!!@! GRIMY, DANK, everything that Wackies represented.
Don’t dare miss this one. As Bullwackie say on my SoundCloud “BOOMSHOT!”
Between 1974 and 1978, Jarrett Tomlinson AKA Bim Sherman released a slew of singles on his Scorpio and Red Sea labels in Jamaica. In 1979, Sherman was invited to move to the UK by a young reggae/dub producer named Adrian Sherwood to record and tour with the multi-talented musicians on Sherwood’s On-U Sound label.
I recently interviewed Sherwood about his relationship with Sherman, which spanned 20 years until Sherman’s passing in 2000. That interview will be published shortly.
Until then enjoy these early singles from Bim Sherman, the same singles which Sherwood listened to and loved. Singles which would change the trajectory of both mens careers.
1. The Heptones hit single “Fatty, Fatty,” while banned in Jamaica, became a huge hit in England. However, since Ken Boothe was Studio One’s “golden child,” Coxsone issued the UK 7″ under his name. The British fans never knew it was The Heptones’ song.
2. An accomplished guitar player, Heptones lead singer Leroy Sibbles also played bass in the Studio One house band for some time. His first live gig as bassist for the band came only one day after picking up the bass guitar for the first time.
3. While playing bass with Studio One, Sibbles did the musical arrangements for the smash hits “Satta Amassagana” and “Queen of the Minstrels.”
4. Sibbles learned guitar from a Rasta named “Huntley.” Sibbles has been a Rastafarian his entire life.
5. Heptones founding member Earl Morgan came up with the name for the group. Hep – meaning hip or cool. Tones – meaning music. Heptones. Cool music.
This Heptones tune deserves its own post. What a song….Quite possibly their best. “Mama say, we can’t go to school today, there’s a hole, in the roof got to make it water proof”