Month: September 2012


1 Finance point, I know, you can’t believe it. I have just made a hefty mortgage payment and I am talking to my mortgage provider about switching to a different type of mortgage. Man. Being a grown-up sucks.

Now for some reggae, like we always do about this time. This song is absolutely breaking my heart and now I want it to break yours. Soulful. I am not even going to mention you-know-who.

Lee Perry: Tell Me Something Good

I have no dates.

I am kind of proud to report that I have no upcoming dates in the diary. No firm dates, anyway. There are always a few prospects hanging around and there are always tentative plans but there’s nothing I have to go out for. Nothing.

So there you go. I feel quite liberated and proud of myself for resisting. Last week I excelled myself by going on five dates in six days and now I can’t be bothered to put make-up on again and all my clothes need laundering. So I am going to stay in and do my homework and maybe spend a little time with JC.

Now for some music. I know this is supposed to be Season of Snoop but those Jamaican reggae DJs keep calling me back with their sweet seduction. Usually I play you the deep sounds of the 1970s (U-Roy, I-Roy, Dennis Alcapone, etc) but today, in a dramatic break with tradition, let’s leap ahead to the early 1980s and enjoy the lilting, laid-back, slightly off-key voice of King Yellowman. This is a gorgeous, feel-good song about, erm, rats. Rats that eat babies. Um, yeah. Anyway, here it is.

Yellowman & Fathead: Rat (1982)

F: Them even bigger than a pussy cat.

Y: Hmm, they bigger than that, they bigger than that.

Dennis Alcapone interviewed, 1974

I had to share this link, for those of you who enjoy TLYW’s reggae tip. has published a rare magazine interview and a fine example of reggae journalism here, in which a 28-year-old Dennis Alcapone talks about his work and the Jamaican reggae scene. This is such a precious little slice of music history.

If you don’t want to read the interview and just want a nice tune, you really must hear Teach The Children. It was one of Dennis’s biggest hits and, trust me, you are going to want to sing ‘o-oh yeah’ along with the backing vocals, it’ll make you feel happy for the rest of the day. Follow this link to read the fascinating and charming contextual details surrounding the song.

Dennis Alcapone: Teach The Children