Friday Music: Reggae Roots!

August 12th, 2011 at 2:26 pm

Get up in the morning slaving for bread, sir.

So that every mouth can be fed.

Poor me, the Israelite!


Yah, mon!  Sticking with our summer theme today, we goin’ to take you down in a “rubbadub style”—that’s Reggae style.

Don’t be thinkin’ Bob Marley.   Obviously, he’s a giant, but we’re goin’ to hit the roots, with the first Reggae song many of us ever heard: Israelites, by Desmond Dekker.

Once you lock onto this beat, it might not let you go until Monday.

Now, someone pointed out that my musical selections, while obviously of the highest quality, seem to range from the 1600s to the 1970s or so.  What about something more contemporary?

A fair point, but they just don’t make music like they used to, and get those kids off my lawn!

Just kidding—and to update my profile, I stumbled on this remix of Israelites by Apache Indian (AI).  I think it’s a kickin’ remix.

Not to mention that AI starts rapping on the middle-class squeeze: “Me need the rentman check!”


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6 comments in reply to "Friday Music: Reggae Roots!"

  1. Riggsveda says:

    That’s the first time I ever saw the first line of that song translated from the Jamaican accent. My ears are alight!

  2. PeonInChief says:

    If people demand something more modern, threaten them with this:

  3. Allen says:

    Jared — been reading for about two months. I have enjoyed all of your musical selections. As for not recommending anything beyond 1970, there’s a simple reason for that. We all like the music of your youth — usually what we listened to in our twenties. I know because I feel that way and I am in my fifties; so the seventies were my younger years and that’s the music I like best.

    Also, great post about the brother-in-law retorts. I hear this stuff at work all the time. How can so many get it so wrong?! The ‘fair and balanced’ media is certainly not helping matters. And regular working people don’t have a lot spare time to delve into economics.

    Keep up the good work — we depend on you pros to enlighten us!


  4. Kevin Rica says:

    All good music was written from about 1650 to 1972 when Don McLean sang the recessional. Music was like a good fireworks show, there was a final burst of creativity, a crescendo, if you will, in the 1950s and 60s and then it was over. Time to go home!

    Once disco came out, you knew it was pretty much going downhill. I know that there are some exceptions, Gregorian chants and Bob Seger, but but if Bob Seger is the exception, that proves the rule.

    Eventually, they started scratching records for effect (nothing lost) and then they starting making music with no melody (and I’m not talking of great percussion, like Ginger Baker on Toad).

    • Jared Bernstein says:

      You, Mr Rica, are an old f_rt…as am I.

      • Kevin Rica says:

        I am not an “old f_rt.” The proper term is “Curmudgeon-American.”

        And Allen (up above) sort of has the right idea, rock music is supposed to celebrate youth — not somebody else’s youth –MINE!

        But getting older has its compensations –not just this perspective stuff or even experience — that’s absolutely true, but I’m not sure it’s worth much.

        The disadvantage of losing your youth is essentially limited to no longer being able to date women who look like 19-year old girls. (The advantage is no longer having to listen to 19-year old girls.)

        I used to think that the real advantage of youth is that the you get to be irreverent and iconoclastic. But one day (a long time ago) I saw James J. Kilpatrick on TV and realized that as you age, you get to be irascible and crotchety. That’s worth having! I feel that I’ve aged wonderfully!

        And as for irreverent and iconoclastic, it can’t be that great. Must kids don’t even bother today. They are drones! They need tattoos to identify themselves. Their music reflects it.