Posts Tagged ‘1993’

21. Junior Tucker – Don’t U Touch My Baby

Friday, October 20th, 2017

Got about another 20 versions been sitting on a hard drive for a year, so here’s Junior Tucker’s 1993 tune Don’t U Touch My Baby. If you like jungle you’ll recognise the opening that was sampled a year later in the tune Warning  by Firefox (Roni Size) and 4-tree (his brother) – it also samples Shabba Ranks.

Junior Tucker was born in ’66 and – according to Wikipedia – recorded his first release aged 7. The first release on Discogs is from 1975 – as Little Junior Tucker – which would still make him only 9 years old. After a spell in New York (studying audio engineering) and London (for a short-lived contract with Virgin), he returned to Jamaica in 1991 and made dancehall through the 90s. He later became a born again Christian and moved to Florida, where he started making gospel and became a minister. In 2015 he returned to Kingston and opened his own church.

Here’s the 7″, produced by Danny Brownie for Main St.

Junior Tucker - Don't Touch My Baby

Don't Touch My Baby Version

Discogs: 7″, 12″ b/w Pinchers

 

13. John Wayne & Colonel Lloydie – Kill A Sound For Me

Monday, September 9th, 2013

“This is a case of emergency” Colonel Lloydie says in a computer voice at the start of this track, before launching into a parody of Tenor Saw’s Pumpkin Belly, one of the most famous Sleng Teng versions – altering Tenor Saw’s memorable lyrics to “How dubplate war go a sound bwoy belly / Don’t ask me that ask my sound posse / From all over the country / Dem said Lord dem never know / Dem said Lord dem never know / That my sound a really bad sound”.

John Wayne & Colonel Lloydie - Kill A Sound for Me [Sudden Attack, 1993-4]

John Wayne & Colonel Lloydie – Kill A Sound Boy For Me [Sudden Attack, 1993-4]

John Wayne then cuts in with some abrasive DJing on a similar tip – “Any sound test my sound dem dead / Dem dead, dem, dead dem dead”. His delivery echoes his earlier version on Sleng Teng, “Call The Police” from 1985.

It’s a bit shouty, but the combination style works quite well together with colonel Lloydie’s Tenor Saw imitation. Still I can’t help feeling this doesn’t offer anything the Tenor Saw original doesn’t do better. Unless you’ve always wished that Saw had done Pumpkin Belly as a soundclash tune.

The version is a bit more interesting – it’s good a good, tight, minimal ragga feel to it and some interesting sounds bouncing around in there. The track was produced by Chris Meredith in 1993-4. It’s credited as mixed by Dr. Marshall, who mixes in small snippets of the different vocals on the riddim, giving a slightly more dubby feel than a straight up instrumental version.
John Wayne & Colonel Lloydie - Version [Sudden Attack, 1993-4]

Chris Meredith – Version [Sudden Attack, 1993-4]

9. Cobra – Mr. Pleasure

Monday, April 15th, 2013

Another John John version, this time vocalled by Cobra.  It’s got a singjay-y chorus which I’m a sucker for, and I think the trumpets on this version give a bit of spark to the vocals on it which it might lack on another track. As you might expect, it’s fairly slack  – “Mad dem with your fat pum pum under yu frock”.

Cobra - Mr. Pleasure [John John, 1993]

Cobra – Mr. Pleasure [John John]

 

7. Josey Wales – Cowboy Style

Thursday, March 21st, 2013

Josey Wales named himself after Clint Eastwood’s character in the film of the same name, so it’s hardly surprising that a lot of his songs are about cowboys and the wild west, a popular theme in reggae and dancehall.

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This version of Sleng Teng was originally released in 1993 and re-issued in 2011 on King Jammy’s Kingston 11 label, and also featured on Josey’s 1994  album of the same name.

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Josey picks up on the familiar cowboy theme on this track. The track opens with him quoting another of Eastwood’s characters in A Fistful of Dollars (“Senor, build me three coffins… My mistake, make it four”).

He then launches into some dubious advice his father gave him… “Josey, I’m dependent on you son / Don’t fight fist to fist go for the gun”. Among other things, he gives a shoutout to Jammy’s son, Baby G.

Another line I like just for a glimpse of everyday life is “Dem stop sell de radio that work with battery / Everybody using electricity”.

Josey Wales - Cowboy Style [Kingston 11]
Josey Wales – Cowboy Style [Kingston 11]

Despite being one of the more iconic versions of Sleng Teng I actually came across this track through hearing the sample of Josey’s opening line on the jungle track Jungle & Western Cowboy Style on Greensleeves.