Thursday, November 9, 2017

New Wave

Bob Marley and the Wailers : Punky Reggae Party

In this November 1977 release, Bob Marley name checked The Clash, The Damned , The Jam and Dr Feelgood on the B side to his hit "Jamming". "Punky Reggae Party" was produced by Lee "Scratch" Perry.

(Marley) saw the importance of the punk movement. When the Clash played their White Riot tour dates at London’s Rainbow Theatre, Bob Marley stood in the wings, watching. With Lee Perry producing, and Aswad, a young London reggae group, as backing musicians, that summer Bob recorded ‘Punky Reggae Party’; this became the definitive celebration of the punk-reggae fusion that was taking place in 1977, the year when the two sevens clashed – ‘Two Sevens Clash’ was the title of a big-selling Jamaican hit by the vocal trio Culture, in which they celebrated in song this pivotal time of change, long predicted by numerologists.”

 Excerpt From: Chris Salewicz. “Bob Marley.”

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