The Very Reverend D. Wayne Love Is Gone

Jake Black, the Very Reverend D. Wayne Love, founder member, singer and co-writer for the Alabama 3 has died, taken ill after a performance at the Highpoint Festival in Lancashire. Coming out of Brixton in the mid 90s they succeeded in fusing country and blues with acid house and found fame when their song Woke Up This Morning became the theme tune to The Sopranos. They always struck me as being infused with the spirit of south London with a touch of Happy Mondays style shambolics, tailor made for festivals and street parties. According to the band Jake has now made the ascension to the next level and they have been trying to complete booked dates without him which must be difficult.

This song is a favourite of mine, a hypnotic riff and dance beat with a Jim Jones sample about change coming from the barrel of a gun.

Mao Tse Tung Said (Radio K Mix)

This John Prine cover was a 1997 single and on their debut, Exile On Coldharbour Lane.

Speed of The Sound Of Loneliness

Mao Tse Tung Said

There’s all this politics in the air at the moment- a lot of unpleasant right wing posturing going on. Let Alabama 3 soundtrack your Sunday morning politics with some revolutionary Marxism set to an acid house beat. Storming stuff, at the barricades or on the dancefloor.

Mao Tse Tung Said (Radio K Mix)

I’m not advocating freedom coming from the barrel of a gun- but we’ve got to get rid of these Tories.

The picture came from, a revolutionary Communist website. Is a picture of a pretty girl reading the little red book counter-revolutionary?