Pressure Drop A Drop On You

Don Letts is a man who looms large in The Clash story- the dj who played dub for the punks, the man who dressed the bands who couldn’t afford Malcolm’s clothes, the film maker who went with them to New York and the cover star of Black Market Clash (later expanded into Super Black Market Clash), a compilation of B-sides and assortments. One of the highlights inside these two albums is Pressure Drop, an amped up take on the Toots And The Maytals song (and originally the b-side to 1978’s English Civil War). The Clash’s enthusiasm for reggae was a gateway into Jamaican music for many fans. Joe often worried about covering reggae songs, stung by Lydon’s criticisms, and he referred to them as trash reggae but this cover is way more than that.

Pressure Drop

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Right Now Someone Else Has That Number

Ahhh- Saturday morning, prospect of nine days off work, cup of tea, some toast with Marmite, weekend newspaper…. and some Toots and the Maytals to get the day going.

54-46 Was My Number

More Monkey Man



Following the previous post here’s another song called Monkey Man, this one written by Toots Hibbert of Toots and The Maytals though rather than Jagger/Richards, and sung by the recently departed Amy Winehouse. She released an e.p. of ska covers several years ago, songs that had been covered by The Specials, with whom she sang live a few times.

>Funky Kingston

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It was roasting hot at 10.15 on Sunday night. I sat in the darkening garden with Toots and The Maytals’ Funky Kingston drifting through the kitchen window. It was one of those fleeting but near perfect moments. Now, a day later (at the time of typing) it’s clouded over and looks like rain. Thirty six hour summer. Sing it Toots.