He was an exacting band leader who would even fine his wife Rita, among other band members, if they made a mistake. This was the video performance of a man and group leading Reggae into the mainstream. He performed one more show in Pittsburgh, PA Sept. As someone with a Ph. On stage in front of thousands, this was not the look of a many being ravaged by cancer.
One thing about music when it hits you, you feel no pain. Artists exacted their grief in an expression of platonic love. We are on the recordings for Chinese Jamaican restauranteur, Leslie Kong. So the group quit Studio One and created their own label: Tuff Gong. However, the Jamaican music business was cut throat.
So the label folded. The Wailers recorded about 10 songs. What to call it. Since Kong knew the group was hot, but records by the Wailers were hard to find, he wanted to call it Best of Bob Marley and the Wailers.
The group were hostile to that notion and felt they were being ripped off again. The album is not exactly filler, and there are some great performances. But Best was a misnomer…at best. The group wanted the album to be called Caution.
This is where the Reggae apocrypha sneaks in. The Wailers were sighting up Rasta. With all that mystical and magical revelation, they warned Kong this offense would not go unpunished…. Caution indeed. Here is how Bunny Wailer described what happened in the liner notes of the Bunny album I have introduced on this podcast edition of Smile Jamaica. Call it Best Of and watch the records fly off the shelves.
The Wailers took their craft seriously. Here was another rip off. Call it black magic obeah, divine justice or just the eerie circumstance of timing. On the very day the records were to be sent to the shops, Kong died of a brain aneurysm. He was 38 years old. Caution indeed! Haile Selassie visited Jamaica in For Peter Tosh it was a foundation moment in the development of Rastafari worship. Livicated, never dedicated to the life and legacy of Bob Marley.
First, watch this amazing clip of Redemption Song put together by the Marley Family. Bob and crew had really crossed over with Uprising.
College kids and whites in America always loved Reggae, but blacks in America were rather cool to the music. The year was gonna be the year the Wailers punched through. Of that, I am certain. Bob collapsed jogging in Central Park…. Smile Jamaica Concert, Dec. While recording that landmark album, he was exposed to the punk rock movement happening. Rastas were outcasts in Jamaica. So were the punks in England. Many Smile Jamaica listeners rung me up on the show last week to wish me well.
Feeling good Saturday night…. So my apologies for making light of a sports beat down. Set I was laying out my Presidential strategy for taking down The Cheetolini in But then the discussion took a turn. His book, Chariots of the God s, lit the fuse for a whole generation seeking a connection between ancient astronauts mis-labelled as Sky Gods by mankind.
I took to the alternative cosmology of Ancient Astronaut Theory late in life. But I should have been into it for 40 years…. Beautiful little river city. We had a theater and a drive in. It was a short bike ride from my house to go see a movie to get out of the sun.
It was sometime, summer I was ten years old. But, in the lobby was something that really intrigued me: a whole display of cut outs, movie stills and placards describing Chariots of the Gods. The movie. I was totally enthralled and could not wait to see it in two weeks!
The following week, the movie theater went out of business and became a farm implement manufacturing business. Wheel it forward to last weekend. I was regaling my mates, between bongrips and bourbon, of the story von Daniken described from the Bible: Ezekiel and the crystal ship.
A wheel within a wheel. And when I saw it, I fell upon my face, and I heard a voice of one that spake. That, my friends, is the description of nothing other than a space ship which travels by gyration, the wheel within a wheel!
He was giving me the red eyed hairy eyeball. On July 8, the local paper, the Roswell Record, published a statement from the Army…. Flying disc. Flying object. Disc, Disc. Extra Terrestrial. Pick your choice: Giorgio? They came for the nukes, but stay for the weed! For our weed! Look to the skies! Do not Scoff! No ark. The Tesseract spaceship was how to survive the Great Flood More likely scenario? It is a massive spaceship miles x miles: Revelation — I saw the Holy City, the New Jerusalem, coming down out of heaven from God, prepared as a bride beautifully dressed for her husband Coming down out of heaven, prepared as a bride beautifully dressed.
So many people claim to see the same thing I guess it must mean something Talking about Extra Terrestrials! Neil Armstrong first man on the Moon. Yuri Gagarin, first man in space. Greetings, March 14th. Grumble grumble. Neil went to fetch it back. Hot summer afternoon. Neil, curious, listened in on the pillow talk. He heard Mr. Gorsky ask his wife for oral sex. So wheel it forward to July 20, Or how the Apollo 11 moonlanding was a Stanley Kubrick production.
Do not scoff! Back in Montana as a youth, I would drive 35 miles each way to record shop at the local Hastings outlet in Great Falls. Usually buy a couple pieces of vinyl and a cassette for the drive back home. I was blown away! Space age technology in rural Montana! Harder to scratch. Easier to store. Portable players to play them on.
Especially, when I switched to collecting Reggae. The rarest of the rare. I was in a Record Shop in San Francisco. Up to my elbows in vinyl racks. The shop owner was trying to up-sell me into CDs. Here is how it worked back then. CDs were new. And expensive. So, many people sold their vinyl for pennies on the dollar to add up cash for CDs.
Vinyl was cheap and plentiful. CDs were exotic, limited in selection and expensive. So the stores were in transition from black wax to shiny metal disks. All the great things you hear me play today came about through hoovering up as much black wax as I could in the voluminous Bay Area Record stores. I was flush with student loan cash Thanks Ronnie Raygun!
Some days, I would be tired after a day of cratedigging. It was awesome. Wheel it forward 30 plus years. But for 20 years, I maxed out the opportunities even if around I started to notice stores were no longer there when I would visit. That is why when I heard on the news that will be the first year since that Vinyl is expected to surpass CDs in aggregate sales, I felt a sense of vindication. Vinyl sales to eclipse CD sales in And what RPM does vinyl spin at? Coincidence or prophecy! And as none other than Joe Biden said in the Sept.
Intergalactic body called Oumuamua , from outside our solar system, is heading our direction in time for the election! Long story short, in the week I had been here, his recovery has improved enough for me to do a little cratedigging.
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Just like Ira Glass. Digital storytelling in a quarantine. On the computer seeing how my best gal did in the Tuesday primaries the night before. Tulsi who? Cup of coffee and a green rip. Breakfast of champions. All of a sudden. I hear something rumble. Did some Corona Virus infectee just slam my house with their car? If so why I am feeling my floor ripple?
Nah, Earthquake. Watch everything shake, rattle and roll. By the time I stabilized my television set, the rumbling stopped. Casualty: one bookcase in my hallway and a Bob Marley picture askew. My first thought? Praise Anu! Toilet paper. Every mope in the store had one roll in their basket. Lots of items still out of stock.
Cold cuts, cheese, bread. Melotonin section wiped out. No isopropyl alcohol. A lot of people out there needing to clean their bongs?
Purell and Lysol a distant memory. No station that rules the nation. Could I curate a 3 hour Smile Jamaica episode for upload? Station on lockdown. Summer is the low period for cratedigging. Liquor store closed! No Saturday breakfast with my friends at Left Fork Grill. I understand why the need for social distance, etc. Listen to Smile Jamaica , as a listener. From Stomach Sick to Burial. Eat your heart out Frank Zappa and Pete Townshend. Gallows humor staves off the doom and gloom.
Set Only showed track number. Low frills deck from Montgomery Ward. Bozeman Montana record shops. All but one out of business in Built my Reggae CD collection here.
Smokey quit stocking Reggae b. Dorms, Univ. Met a Jewish upperclassman from Baltimore named Neil Cooperman. His CD collection was incredible. Black Uhuru — Anthem; 1 min. Music you felt, through the bass throb, as well as heard. How many more Covid?
Probably spent more dollars than ever had listeners: cab drivers, workers and insomniacs. Was it worth it? On July 8, the local paper, the Roswell Record, published a statement from the Army….
Flying disc. Flying object. Disc, Disc. Extra Terrestrial. Pick your choice: Giorgio? They came for the nukes, but stay for the weed! For our weed! Look to the skies! Do not Scoff! No ark. The Tesseract spaceship was how to survive the Great Flood More likely scenario?
It is a massive spaceship miles x miles: Revelation — I saw the Holy City, the New Jerusalem, coming down out of heaven from God, prepared as a bride beautifully dressed for her husband Coming down out of heaven, prepared as a bride beautifully dressed. So many people claim to see the same thing I guess it must mean something Talking about Extra Terrestrials!
Neil Armstrong first man on the Moon. Yuri Gagarin, first man in space. Grey market, middling, low budget offerings only And then the epiphany moment. The disk that lit the fuse; 87 sec. That was what I came to Utah to find.
A new sound. Reggae music. Most likely my very first Reggae CD purchase. Greetings, March 14th. Grumble grumble. Hayden Walker, lefty like his Uncle. Soon to be a San Francisco Giant is my hopes for this kid!
Jews have Jerusalem. Muslims have Mecca. Change of plans. Of course I said none of that. And spread my germ cocktail all over the effing place. No resort rooms until this week. The dispensary in Mesquite, was like a Seinfeld episode. Remember the Soup Nazi? Idaho Falls is a beautiful river city, but we never got farther than curbside at Olive Garden. Fort Benton, MT — Birthplace of Montana What better place to hide from the Covid than a river town where the mosquitos are the size of house flies.
Two days later Mom gets this letter from the Chouteau County Health Department: It has been brought to our attention you may have recently returned from travel out of state in a non- business related capacity. As my Pops said — Jesus Christ, the whole state is already shelter in place.
Mask mandatory. Fiya burn the Covid! Very impressed. Better vinyl selection, new and collectors, than cities 10 times its size So there you have it. Dammit, shoulda turned off my locator setting on my fancy Iphone!