Love this short documentary about Bristol reggae & RnB legend DJ Derek – before Rodigan there was Derek Morris DJing classic ska, reggae and soul tunes. Also into real ale and buses? Yay! Although in a ‘Bus Soundclash’ John would win for bus knowledge – since he’s been ‘on the buses’ since the 70′s or 80′s! Let the battle commence
Although I recorded this last week I was so busy only just got round to posting it now, the 2nd of the 3 back to back (ish) shows…and this is a companion piece to RC 167: Not Here Right Now, with a downtempo look at that terrible events in Norway and the death of Amy Winehouse…where words fail and all you have is music left.
Rather than focusing on the gorey lurid drive-by moneyshots that the media specialises I tried to make more a downbeat meditative show (a calm lake to the last show’s crashing sea) with hope in it’s eyes, partying and throwing glitter into the face of fascism but also exploring the darker and angrier side of a slightly schizophrenic happening – but at no point giving the platform to madness.
Sad to hear about the death during a police raid of Smiley Culture – ironically best known for his 1984 reggae/proto ragga hit ‘Police Officer’ with Saxon Soundsystem about the ‘sus’ stop and search laws – shame that unlike the funny end of the song this police intervention had a far sadder ending.
And here’s a download link for my favourite Smiley Culture mashup, the excellent Pilchard ‘Grumpy Culture’ from 2005, remixing Police Officer in a jungle stylee…interestingly someone has err ‘borrowed’ or reinvented the same idea – original is best though. Enjoy.
And if you only know Cockney Translation or Police Officer – check out the more underground b-side – Shan a Shan – classic dancehall reggae: