Toots & The Maytals w/ Shaggy & Rahzel "Bam Bam"

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I heard this song yesterday on the radio, and I hope it wasn't just that I was hella high, but I reeeeaaaally liked it. The piano line was really basic & kinda emo-y (The Streets' "Well Be In" is a recent example of another piano line that had the same effect), and I don't know if I've ever heard Shaggy sing so, well, prettily.

nickalicious (nickalicious), Monday, 11 October 2004 17:04 (fifteen years ago) link

Please say somebody else has heard this.

nickalicious (nickalicious), Monday, 11 October 2004 17:04 (fifteen years ago) link

I like the CONCEPT...

Forksclovetofu (Forksclovetofu), Monday, 11 October 2004 17:14 (fifteen years ago) link

Bam Bam is just a great song.

I was worried abt Toots revisiting it, whetherhe would go too far towards all the '90s variants on the song and lose his own song. (the whole album sounded kinda scary) A positive comment is heartening.

H (Heruy), Monday, 11 October 2004 19:07 (fifteen years ago) link

I dl'd both the new version and the old and I'm really surprised at how well the revisit worked out. Rahzel, who is always a really strong and distinct presence, REALLY filled this track out well. It's very dancehally but maintains a really organic connection to the orig.

nickalicious (nickalicious), Monday, 11 October 2004 19:33 (fifteen years ago) link

more ppl recognize the Chaka Demus & Pliers version than the Toots (i love both)

i love Toots but when hearing abt the album i was wincing as it seemed like a desprate attempt for sales (unlike Toots in Memphis which really felt like a labor of love (excuse the unmeant bad reggae ref)

H (Heruy), Monday, 11 October 2004 19:42 (fifteen years ago) link

Yeah, I haven't heard any other of the tracks from this new album, and judging by what I've read I'm sad to say it does seem kinda desperate, but this TRACK at the very least seems to work.

nickalicious (nickalicious), Monday, 11 October 2004 19:43 (fifteen years ago) link

Also, I should point out that I'm not really a fan of Shaggy AT ALL. on this track though, he is PERFECT.

nickalicious (nickalicious), Monday, 11 October 2004 19:45 (fifteen years ago) link

seven months pass...
I should hear this, meanwhile "Knock Out!" is a PERFECT record. It has nine wonderful songs, spaceinvader noises and the incredible Scully on percussion.

A Viking of Some Note (Andrew Thames), Thursday, 12 May 2005 13:12 (fifteen years ago) link

fifteen years pass...

I was about to post the same. Unfortunately, he's now in an induced coma. Shit, I hope he pulls through. I saw him for the first time last year despite being a fan for god knows how long - even got a fist bump - and he was transcendent.

birdistheword, Thursday, 3 September 2020 06:59 (two weeks ago) link

Pretty sure there's a Funky Kingston thread? Sad news

corrs unplugged, Friday, 4 September 2020 08:03 (two weeks ago) link


jaymc, Saturday, 12 September 2020 06:34 (one week ago) link

So sad.

Lily Dale, Saturday, 12 September 2020 07:41 (one week ago) link


这是我的显示名称 (Camaraderie at Arms Length), Saturday, 12 September 2020 07:43 (one week ago) link

Just listened to "Time Tough" again. What a great songwriter, and what a perfect song for these times.

Lily Dale, Saturday, 12 September 2020 07:54 (one week ago) link

saw him live in 2012, he had so much energy, sang his songs for an hour straight without banter or breaks. “sweet & dandy” is one of my favorite songs ever.


i got a homogenic björk wine farmer permabanned (voodoo chili), Saturday, 12 September 2020 11:44 (one week ago) link

Aw, that's terrible. I remember being really impressed by his contribution to the Radiohead reggae tribute album, of all things, his vocal performance in particular.

Josh in Chicago, Saturday, 12 September 2020 12:39 (one week ago) link

Such a brilliant performer; my can't miss go-to for converting reggae skeptics

rob, Saturday, 12 September 2020 13:12 (one week ago) link

many happy memories watching my mom and dad dance to sweet and dandy. time tough maybe my favourite. but there are so many.

i remember blowing my dad’s mind by playing him the toots version of “country roads”. for him it was a cheesy john denver song, so this was like the ultimate flip.

Li'l Brexit (Tracer Hand), Saturday, 12 September 2020 14:08 (one week ago) link

Saw he and his band In January 2019. Fun greatest hits show, with Toots in strong voice & providing interesting between song banter. RIP

That Toots in Memphis album was a good one

curmudgeon, Saturday, 12 September 2020 14:15 (one week ago) link

he was the BEST


mellon collie and the infinite bradness (BradNelson), Saturday, 12 September 2020 14:44 (one week ago) link

One of the wonders of the world:

rob, Saturday, 12 September 2020 14:47 (one week ago) link

Aw man RIP. Saw him for 1st time a couple years ago and he fucking killed it, I was amazed. Glad I decided to go see him when I still could.

A True White Kid that can Jump (Granny Dainger), Saturday, 12 September 2020 17:05 (one week ago) link


ABBA O RLY? (James Redd and the Blecchs), Saturday, 12 September 2020 17:36 (one week ago) link

So many songs of his I love. His versions of Country Roads and Louie Louie are examples of how reggae can elevate anything, even songs that don't need it.

Josh in Chicago, Saturday, 12 September 2020 17:47 (one week ago) link

fuck's sake. I love toots, this is a blow. RIP

Fuck the NRA (ulysses), Saturday, 12 September 2020 17:57 (one week ago) link

This was a real gut punch to see this morning. It sounded like he was improving after he was put into a medically-induced coma over a week ago, and after nearly two weeks in the hospital, I thought he was probably through the worst of it.

It was released almost 25 years ago, but this two-CD collection may still be the best one out there, as both an introduction and a concise summation:

But plenty of great albums as well: Funky Kingston (the original Jamaican album or the later U.S. version that's more like a compilation), In the Dark, Reggae Got Soul, Toots in Memphis...all those wonderful singles, even an appearance in the landmark film The Harder They Come...and of course a legendary live performer. I thought I'd never get the chance to see him after that schmuck hit him with a Vodka bottle, but fortunately he came back from the depression and health issues it caused. I finally got to see him last June, and he was so full of life, I would never have guessed that would be his last show in NYC. (He had been doing benefit shows on a regular basis at the Brooklyn Bowl for his foundation.)

birdistheword, Saturday, 12 September 2020 23:00 (one week ago) link

I was there too! it was a good set!

Fuck the NRA (ulysses), Saturday, 12 September 2020 23:36 (one week ago) link

Hahah, nice! You can find video from it on YouTube, and I was watching those just now. Really sad he's gone.

birdistheword, Sunday, 13 September 2020 01:05 (one week ago) link

I know many times I would play "Pressure Drop" off the Harder they Come soundtrack over and over. That grove is just so infectious, it could go on and on and the original is not all that long.

Toots had a cool voice, he had that cool growl in his sound when he really got going a bit like Bobby Blue Bland.

earlnash, Sunday, 13 September 2020 01:28 (one week ago) link

Just before lockdown he was sat in front of me on a plane and just basking in being in close proximity to him will undoubtedly be by far my highlight of 2020. Will never tire of his music. Super sad.

stirmonster, Sunday, 13 September 2020 02:28 (one week ago) link

listening to 54-46 now and just wanted to say I quite liked this dude, and I hope his tombstone is engraved with something better than RIP TOOTS

the burrito that defined a generation, Monday, 14 September 2020 01:38 (one week ago) link

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