Sunday, April 18, 2010

Kingston Calling

Sometimes when white people get involved with music that originated with black people, you get sloppy results. Pat Boone is the most popular example of this, but he was not anywhere near the worst. Nevertheless, I love what England did with reggae and its related spin-offs from the 60s through the 80s. You could make the argument that the UK was a more exciting place for reggae music than even Jamaica. Not only that, but the majority of your mixed race musical groups during that time were playing a style of Jamaican-originating music. Not since big band jazz was there such diversity sharing one stage. It's a hard style of music to dislike, because even when it's soft or easy going, it's still got a slick groove or a solid rhythm. Reggae, ska, et al are truly a fascinating family of genres.


Gorilla Bananas said...

How about Blondie's version of The Tide is High? That song was virtually unknown until they covered it.

ChrisV82 said...

Blondie did a lot for underground black music. Rapture was probably the strongest influence on N.W.A.