Saturday, September 30, 2006

the root and the suck

Two things:

  1. Aswad used to be a roots band. This is hard to believe, but go find the album they did with Jah Shaka. Totally sparse roots music. No overdubs, no hooks, no pop. Aswad with all the suck scraped off was roots.
  2. Roots Radics. "radics", "radix", "radical" all from same word, all mean the root of things. The roots of the roots. Why did it take me almost 20 years to catch this?


Blogger alex said...

I appreciate that I might be preaching to the converted but put these records in your pipe, light blue touch paper, inhale, sit back and enjoy; Joe Gibbs & the Professionals - African Dub All-Mighty Chapter 3 (never fails), Scientist - In The Kingdom Of Dub (a slice of vinyl that goes places) and, of course, Augustus Pablo - King Tubby Meets Rockers Uptown (no introduction needed). Keep on dubbing-ing-ing-ing-ing-ing.

5:25 AM  
Blogger John Eden said...

Aswad - Warrior Charge! See the "babylon" film stuff also -

Radics in the Roots Radics is from "eradication" I think - i.e. "the radics" = "eradication squads" of police in JA who I think went round giving grief to all and sundry. CF "Operation Eradication" by Yellowman

8:39 PM  
Blogger Downpressor said...

Guess its just a co-incidence then.

I would see "Babylon" if I could find a copy...

9:39 AM  
Blogger alex said...

Old Man Eden! You don't know shit from sugar and I don't mean Minott. Get back to the Darby & Joan, dickhead! Ignore this arsehole, Dubbing!

4:55 AM  
Blogger Downpressor said...

why ever would I do that?

Anways alex, if you have something against someone, take it up with them elsewhere. I'm really disinterested in other peoples personal conflict.

7:33 PM  
Blogger John Eden said...

Thanks for your comments, Alex.

Downpressor - maybe there are no coincidences? :-) Babylon is floating around on ebay, but is of variable quality apparently. (VHS rips to DVD etc) will email you tonight.

3:23 PM  

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