This Generation Rule The Nation

Big Youth, Sonic Youth…Musical Youth!

Can you hear that? That’s the sound of a theme being stretched past breaking point. Snaaaap!

Anyone around my age or older will remember 1982’s most unlikely number 1 single, by a bunch of kids from Birmingham. They sold four million copies and were the first black artists played on MTV. The Mighty Diamonds had a song- Pass the Koucthie- about passing the pipe around. Musical Youth altered it slightly to ‘dutchie’, patois for a cooking pot, and added the line ‘How does it feel when you got no food?’, turning a celebration of getting stoned into a celebration of getting stoned with social and economic overtones. Good work I feel.

Pass the Dutchie

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