Dennis Brown/Prince Mohamed – “Money In My Pocket” b/w “Runnings Irie” (LV 5) (1979)


Man Doesn’t Know It, Feel It

(Canterbury, Kent) – Upper Hardres resident Garret Smalls listened to reggae music properly for the first time last night and has decided that he simply doesn’t enjoy the popular Jamaican music genre.

Eric Weiss, a reggae enthusiast friend of Smalls’, invited the twenty five-year-old graphic designer to his Canterbury flat to smoke some pot and listen to a variety of reggae styles including roots, DJ, early Dancehall and ragga.

While Weiss did a live mix on two decks of some of his current favourites, including 7″’s by Brigadier Jerry (“Every Man A Me Bredren”), Vivian Jackson (“Conquering Lion”), Big Youth (“Dubble Attack”), Luciano, Josie Wales & Charlie Chaplin (“Rebel With a Cause”), along with the first side of the Blood & Fire issue of the Congos’ The Heart of the Congos, Smalls happily pulled on a marijuana-packed ceramic water pipe with the caricature of a skull at its base.

“I thought I’d be more likely to ‘get’ reggae if I had a little buzz on,” Smalls explained, lighting Jah-Jah chalice to bun a lickle lamb’s bread.

Weiss was particularly hopeful about “converting” Smalls with the Crowned Prince of Reggae Dennis Brown’s “Money In My Pocket” 12″ single he recently picked up at a thrift store in Deal. “Yeah, the Dennis twelve is a massive Joe Gibbs [production] on the same riddim as ‘Mama Look’ by Big Youth,” said Weiss. “It shouldn’t scare any broad-minded listener, [as a] late 70s single…it’s pretty smooth, while at the same time it’s not too obvious, like ‘Jammin” or something.”

Despite this, Smalls remained unmoved, not calling out “Forward!”, “Big up m’ selecta!”, “Rewind!” or “Pu-u-u-ll Up!” at any point during the 8 minutes the record played, including the righteous Prince Mohamed “Cool Runnings” toast over the extended section or its electronically enhanced Mighty Two (Gibbs and Erroll Thompson) version on the b-side, “Runnings Irie”. A 1979 top 20 UK hit, the single is not particularly rare in Great Britain, its 50p price tag an accurate reflection of its market value.

On hearing Cocoa Tea’s absolutely banging “Burn Satan”, Smalls ventured that he was “a little uncomfortable with some of [reggae music’s] fundamentalist religious aspects”.

“Maybe it’s because I was born and raised in a small village in Kent, but I have a really hard time translating the patois and the accents are well thick,” Small announced following several more wicked chunes and bong hits, also reporting that, ultimately, “the whole thing [Reggae] was a bit too ‘samey’” for him.

“I guess I don’t know it, since I can’t feel it,” he added matter-of-factly.

Smalls did note, however, that the pot was really great and will continue to do more of that in the future while listening to the This Is Dubstep 2012 he downloaded the day before yesterday.

Published in: on February 7, 2012 at 9:36 am  Comments (2)  

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  1. Brilliant! 🙂 🙂

    I just managed to sell a spare copy for £2.20

  2. You did very well, sir.

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