A David Rodigan multiple choice question

Question 4. You have four videos to watch of the great reggae DJ David Rodigan. Which one would you watch first? (5 marks.)

A. As Inspector Forbes in Sherlock Holmes.

B. Versus Love Injection in Birmingham in 1998.

C. In the excellent BBC documentary here featuring Dennis Bovell, Jazzie B and Don Letts and lots lots more.

D. Live in Jamaica a few years ago*.

You have two hours to make your decision. Lighter!

* Especially from the dance sequence at 3.51 till the end. We’ll have a pint of what he’s on!

Rebel without a greenhouse

kirk brandon rockThe last post about Bauhaus reminded us of a gig many moons ago in Birmingham when they supported Theatre Of Hate. While the headline band were playing, we could see from the circle above there was some sort of chaos developing in front of the stage. A man in distress was frantically shouting at Kirk Brandon but couldn’t be heard through the roaring din of the band playing their garden fire classic “Incinerator.”

Were people getting crushed? Could somebody be seriously injured down there? Kirk Brandon waved his hands to the band to stop playing immediately, the tune coming to a crashing halt, the band members and the audience wondering what the hell was going on.

There was now silence in the venue, the worried punter shouted again and was picked up by the lead singer’s microphone and his voice relayed throughout the venue. “Kirk, Kirk, I’ve lost me shoe. Can you see it from up there?”

Mr Brandon didn’t see the funny side and carried on with the set visibly fed up (after being upstaged by a single-shoe wearing punter.) I always wonder if that bloke ever found his piece of footwear.

Pic above: A stone originally found on the beach at Camber Sands rediscovered while cleaning up around the pond a few years ago (left.) What a ringer for Kirk’s band’s logo eh? (right.)

Another second hand classic

the mighty two

Leo Graham – Not giving up – Locks 1975
An excellent slab of 70’s reggae produced by Joe Gibbs and Errol T (the Mighty Two), released in the UK on Birmingham’s Locks label. This was procured off a punk mate in 1978 for a piece of garb from a second hand shop I think. An excellent record with a nice dub! Always strangely puts me in mind of that old time song “Where did you get that hat, where did you get that hat?”. Excellent!