Our Winnie

I found out the other day that Jacqueline Bisset’s real first name is Winifred.


Does this woman look like a Winifred to you?

Download: You Don’t Know My Name (Reggae Remix) – Alicia Keys (mp3)

I can’t remember where I got this track from but it’s terrific. I loved the Kanye-produced original and  it’s even sweeter in reggae style, like old-timey Lovers Rock.

Something for the Weekend

An obvious choice of song but this video is so magnificently odd I had to post it.

Comments are back up now, you just have to prove you’re not a robot (sorry all you Replicants out there). If someone could leave a comment so I can see if it works for everyone else that would be much appreciated. Cheers.

The Tribes of Britain

Download: Love Of The Common People – Nicky Thomas (mp3)

Download: Ain’t No Soul Left In These Old Shoes – Major Lance (mp3)

Download: Don’t You Rock Me Daddy-O – Lonnie Donegan & His Skiffle Group (mp3)

Download: Sweet And Tender Hooligan – The Smiths (mp3)

Download: Tear The Whole Thing Down – The Higsons (mp3)

Conversations With a Working Man

This is almost 45 years old but sadly could have been filmed yesterday, and I don’t just mean that Yorkshiremen are still always complaining. If anything, working people seem to be going backwards economically these days.

The saddest part though is that his ambition for his daughter doesn’t go beyond hoping she grows up to be a “glamour girl” and some “fellow with a Jaguar” will come along and marry her into the middle class. I hope that would have changed a bit at least, even in Yorkshire.

Not had any Reggae here in a while, this is from Johnson’s 1984 album Making History.

Download: Wat About Di Workin’ Claas – Linton Kwesi Johnson (mp3)

Something for the Weekend

When “Gangsters” first came out The Specials (or The Special AKA as they were then) played at The Greyhound pub which was a small venue near us in Fulham. My sister asked me if I wanted to go and I said no for some reason. What a fucking idiot.

Something for the Weekend

The usual divide in my school between the soul boys, the reggae kids, the pop fans, and the punks mostly dissolved when it came to Lover’s Rock. Everyone seemed to like it because it was melodic and soulful but also had the street cred of reggae. And girls loved it too, which was another reason for boys to like it.

All of which made the magnificent “Silly Games” about the most popular and loved record ever in my school and estate because it’s probably the best Lover’s Rock record ever made.

Skinhead Sociology

Wot you talkin’ abaht, mate? I just fink it’s got a good beat.

The Wheel of Steel

Talking about having a wank, you might want some privacy while you drool over these gorgeous photos by German photographer Kai Schaefer. I do love me some analogue porn.

I love me some sweet old reggae, too.

Download: Play Me – Marcia Griffiths (mp3)

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