Tuesday, May 25, 2010

D'yer Mak'er Shakers


Nah pop no style, a strictly roots - is the theme of today's Jamaican stop-off. A handful of roots tunes (as in 'roots of' rather than 'roots reggae') that have inspired, influenced or been recycled for bigger hits.

I could have posted Alton Ellis's original I'm Still in Love With You, but Marcia Aitken's cover with the extended toasting section (starting at 4 mins in) is just a whisker away from the riffing lifted by Althia and Donna.

Marcia Aitken - I'm Still In Love/Three Piece Suit



Lloyd Charmers was later rescripted by The Specials for....well you'll see

Lloyd Charmers - Birth Control



Lord Kitchener's frisky calypso tune was given a going over by Judge Dread - lyrics here if you fancy some Sing-a-Long-a Kitch

Lord Kitchener - Dr. Kitch



9 comments:

davy h said...

Irie.

Simon said...

I love Birth Control, I think I posted that a while back myself. I almost felt betrayed when I heard it, I always thought the other tune was an 'original'!!!

Alton Ellis is on repeat play in my house this week!

John Medd said...

Lively up yourself.

Mondo said...

I’m sure you lot have you checked ‘em out already but The Trojan 12”
and Rare Groove boxes are must grabs if you haven’t yet. Although for today’s post I nearly pulled a few winners from this
3 CD set..

On the same line Simon, Mrs M was crushed to discover Groove is in the Heart was fitted around Bring Down The Birds

Piley said...

MMMm, just right for a glorious summer day... hold on, where's the sun gone again??

P

lil said...

Sounds of Jamaica are so jolly...
love it!

Mondo said...

Don't forget it's the Southend 'Air Festival' this weekend P, so traditionally it's either: blazing with boiled foreheads all round, or squally showers so you can't see a bloody thing.

And don't forget to have a punt on the Dr Zeuss Lil, I can imagine you doing the accent

Keith said...

Love the cool tunes. Definitely put me in a summer mood.

Piley said...

usually the latter tho init...