All great stuff on this thread so far, but I have a question. Is there a defining point between deejay tracks and dancehall proper? When was it? The early-80s stuff from Yellowman and Sister Nancy that I've heard is way different than the mid/late-70s stuff on this thread. Was it something that had been going on for a while but hadn't made it onto record?
― naus, Tuesday, 21 May 2013 14:53 (nine years ago) link
I don't know U-Roy's catalog that well but Version Galore is a favorite of mine. Hard to go wrong toasting over the Paragons. RIP
― reggae mike love (polyphonic), Thursday, 18 February 2021 17:45 (one year ago) link
― Long Tall Arsetee & the Shaker Intros (breastcrawl), Thursday, 18 February 2021 18:07 (one year ago) link
Rip U-Roy, a pioneer toaster
― curmudgeon, Thursday, 18 February 2021 19:47 (one year ago) link
oh shoot, missed that he had died. RIP
― Long Tall Arsetee & the Shaker Intros (breastcrawl), Thursday, 18 February 2021 19:50 (one year ago) link
Awesome story from Jon Langford:
Mekons played the beautiful Sines Festival in a Castle in Portugal in 2010. Took the boys down to breakfast and met U-Roy my total hero and he graciously invited us to sit with him. I was doing the Eclectic Company show for WXRT at the time and ran back upstairs to get my mini-recorder with Tommy running behind me yelling "Everyone U-Roy is here! U-Roy is here!". They knew exactly who he was from those long drives to school with me cranking his tunes. We did a little interview in the hotel breakfast room. To my horror Tommy's hand reached out and started stroking U-Roy's dreadlocks. "It's cool" said U-Roy "He can touch them." He did a station ID "This is U-Roy and you are listening to Jon Langford on the The Electric (sic) Company on WXRT, Chicago's finest RAAAAHHK!.... your son told me to say that". Well done James. Later he came out by the pool and waved to all the Mekons and we waved back...I pinched a bunch of his records from the VIRGIN press office in Vernon Yard back in 1979 and I still treasure them. They've been played so much down the years its amazing they still work, but they do, that incredible authoritative voice burned deep into the grooves forever! Thank you U-Roy - so glad my boys got to meet you - another terrible loss in 2021
― Josh in Chicago, Thursday, 18 February 2021 20:00 (one year ago) link
I'm in a local history group on Facebook, to post nostalgia about old buildings etc. Some dimbulb woman posted a link mourning Rush Limbaugh's passing, and then got all incredulous when people told her not only was this an improper place for her post, but that Rush was a complete piece of shit.
I told her reggae great U-Roy passed but I didn't go blather on her gardening page about it.
― Three Rings for the Elven Bishop (Dan Peterson), Thursday, 18 February 2021 20:36 (one year ago) link
Glad to see his death got a mention on the BBC. News24 at least, don't know about the main news.
― I'm Going to Bring a Watermelon to Mark Grout Tonight (Tom D.), Thursday, 18 February 2021 20:55 (one year ago) link
A terrible loss indeed. What a great.
Jah Jah Call You.
It wasn't om the main news but I'm happy the Beeb acknowledged it.
― stirmonster, Thursday, 18 February 2021 21:08 (one year ago) link