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 (nine months 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 (nine months 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 (nine months 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 (nine months ago) link