Gladiators Live, The Haunt, Ithaca, NY, 1987

Here is an excellent soundboard recording of the Gladiators performing some of their most beloved tunes at The Haunt in Ithaca, NY on February 27, 1987.  Fantastic set which also includes several Bob Marley tunes and a Yabby You tune as well.  Also included is an article on the group which was published in the October 2, 1979 issue of New Musical Express.

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Rich Man Poor Man Beggar Man Thief
Sun Is Shining
War/No More Trouble/Crazy Baldhead/Get Up Stand Up/Exodus
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Screwface Midnight Vampires Attack Midnight Dread KTIM San Rafael CA Part One February 1st-2nd, 1981

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“Duppy can’t frighten duppy!” The more you live is the more you learn. Rude boy ska. Coming in from the cold dub. Keep on moving. Mash it down material world. Old broom. Do good. The tide is high. You’re my people. Natty screw face. Screwface.

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Screwface underground. Some guys have all the luck. Barnabas Collins. Vampire. Dracula. Babylon system. 5 nights of bleeding. “Outside the rebels were freezing cold.”

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Desmond Dekker. Gladiators. Bob Marley. Bunny Wailer. Jimmy Cliff. The Arrows. Freddie McGregor. Gregory Isaacs. Judy Mowatt. Yvonne Harrison. The Wailers. Toots & The Maytals. Junior Tucker. Lone Ranger. Peter Tosh. Linton Kwesi Johnson. “We’ve been taken for granted much too long. Rebel.”

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Appearing for the first time since the night of its original broadcast. Featuring quotations from Carl Gayle’s Jah Ugliman plus music including The Screwface Trilogy and a Midnight Attack of The Vampires as well as the debut of Bob’s new “Coming In From The Cold Dub” 7″ and Judy Mowatt’s best single ever “You’re My People”. Tell the children the truth. Radio is the messenger.

Last time’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.

The Mighty Diamonds live interview on Midnight Dread December 7th-8th, 1980 begins the day John Lennon was shot

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Tabby adds live vocals to the dub of the Who’s Gonna Bodyguard Mr. “Bodyguard” 12″ as midnight strikes with The Mighty Diamonds in the radio studio when the fateful day of December 8th, 1980 began. Earlier in the program I spun Bob Marley’s ‘many more will have to die’ “Natural Mystic” since Stevie Wonder was playin’ the Cow Palace without him as planned that week & true rumors were spreadin’ like wildfire Bob was near death. If you haven’t seen the brilliant doc “The US vs. John Lennon” this week might be a good time. John was part of the highly sabotaged generation. Read the book “Season of the Witch” on rampant bay area subversion, also by the FBI, dating back to the 50s for further details. John Lennon, one of the four men most responsible for actually undermining the Soviet Union to the point of collapse, is harassed for years while being made afraid to release any more ‘political’ music by the very type of police state mechanism that failed so miserably in its fight with, or even predicting the fall of, communism. (Several recent documentaries show exactly how The Beatles did it.) It was going to be a week full of easy tears, especially when listening to the radio hearing lots of Lennon’s great music no one could freely play except in a small window of time just after he was dead. When someone finally aired Lennon’s “Woman Is The Nigger Of The World” I completely lost it… yes for John, Yoko, & Sean; but mostly, quite frankly, for the huge loss radio suffered when mergers & half wit decisions ruined free form. I knew I would never hear that song aired again commercially. Get up, stand up.

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Judge, Bunny, & Tabby know how to fight the power. Listen up for the scarce early Mighty Diamonds single produced by Derrick Harriott “Mash Up” as well as their first hit “Shame & Pride” plus “Have A Little Mercy” and recent smokin’ 45s including “Don’t Want War”, “Identity” and the footlong version of “Heads Of Government”.

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It was a time when reality bit hard. The Gladiators sing brilliantly about “Naturality” where style trumps design. The me-cology of the 70s was going on steroids for the 80s. Linton Kwesi Johnson penetrates the folly with his tough & tight “Reality Poem”. If only we could turn back time…

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Last time’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.

Cramp & Paralyze All Weak Heart Conception in Midnight Dread #31

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This week’s 33 years ahead Midnight Dread begins with the superior Matumbi version of “Brother Louie”, an unusual interracial love song that went number one in 1973 both by its UK originator Hot Chocolate and as covered by Stories in the states. It’s followed by the Monday morning five-days-to-go of “Work” from the just released Bob Marley album UPRISING and later a fresh lp title selection from Black Uhuru chanting “Stalk of Sinsemilla” premieres. Keith Hudson gets red, Slim Smith converses melodic unity, Andy Capp pops his top, Niney The Observer lets it burn before Lincoln Thompson impresses his wild stylee as Joe Jackson taps keys, and soon Joseph Hill reminds us The Arawak Indians got here first. Listen up as Pipecock Jackxon unleashes a vital untitled riddim, LKJ frees George Lindo, an innocent man, and Freddie McKay frees himself on behalf of all of us. Got Gladiators, Soul Syndicate, G.T.Moore, Ethiopians, English Beat, Creation Rebel… another chock full night of chunes & dread delight with music ringing in the new day, August 4th 1980.

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