Sunday, March 4, 2018

Disguised in Violence

Steel Pulse : Ku Klux Klan

In March of 1978, the English reggae band Steel Pulse released "Ku Klux Klan", the band's debut single for Island Records. It was a preview of their outstanding U.K. Top 10 debut album Handsworth Revolution, named for their hometown, the Handsworth district of Birmingham.

 Steel Pulse came up playing in London punk clubs on the same stages as XTC and The Stranglers, earning the nickname "Jah Punk" among fans. Steel Pulse would attack racism again and again,  aligning themselves with Rock Against Racism, playing an RAR concert at the end of April 1978 featuring The Clash,  X-Ray Spex, The Ruts, Sham 69, and the Tom Robinson Band.  

On "Jah Pickney RAR" from their second album, David Hinds would sing "Rock against racism, smash it/ Rock against Fascism, smash it/ we're gonna hunt...the National Front".

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