God i still love this record around 79 i think , we used to sit around peoples flats listening to reggae, and punk smoking spliffs going to gigs and going to reggae clubs in leeds and Bradford,Reggae and punk was a true cross over and my love of reggae has stayed with me since those days!
Here are a few great reggae tracks for your listening pleasure!
Ah what happened to all my west indian mates from school great days they were! Loads of great reggae out there go discover it now!
For people of a certain age John peel between 10pm-12 midnight was a must listen to in the week!
On Radio 1 in those days we had the delights of DLT, tony Blackburn etc etc, not exactly cutting edge,then I discovered John Peel Just about as Punk was about to break, the range of eclectic records he played was amazing but in 77 he was the only dj who championed punk,with his booking of sessions and playing of the first fledging punk singles that were coming out!
And here’s the first!
I remember when a good session was on recording it and playing it to death on my little cassette player, this was before the days of instant illegal and legal downloads! Maybe that’s why is still love all those songs and bands as you had to stick with a record even if you did not like it as you could not afford another one too often!
The John peel session I really remember is the Linton Kwesi Johnson one it really got me into reggae which has become a lifelong love! Other great ones were the ruts stiff little fingers,Adam and the ants the damned and the famed smiths hatful of hollow recordings,where can you listen to anything like this these days,I remember tommy Vance doing the rock show on friday too.
John seemed to play everything to me some of it was rubbish but you would always find something you liked amongst it all, and in those days where else would you of found it? Would be good to have a dj like john around now! Anyone know of any good radio shows I like some bbc6 music but don’t want to listen to Lauren Laverne that to me is not what 6 music should be about!
JOHN PEEL_SADLY MISSED.
Footnote, the clash were meant to record a session for john peel but Mr Mick Jones could not get out of bed, so the story goes!
download today is the John peel punk special from 76 listen to this and weep how bad music has become!