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Sunday, March 18, 2007

Heptones gonna fight!

I should probably go back and change the title, considering how misleading it is. It makes 'em sound like rude boys, when they ain't. The Heptones always put me in a mellow mood, unlike a lot of rocksteady. (Don't get me wrong, I love Alton Ellis to death, but dude needs to sing about something other than unrequited love once in a while.) Like the All-Girl Summer Fun band, this is definitely beer-on-the-porch-in-spring music.

Fronted by Leroy Sibbles, the best singer this side of Toots Hibbert, they were one of the first self-contained Jamaican musical acts, writing much of their own material and playing their own instruments in the studio. They also acted as a backing band for several years in the insanely influential Studio One, with Sibbles even coming on board as a staff songwriter and arrangers, leaving his fingerprint over some of the island's biggest songs of the decade.

Unfortunately, as happens to many Jamaican and Jamaican-influenced artists, a Rasta influence began to creep in (see HR of the Bad Brains). Despite this massive buzzkill, they signed to Island in 1975 and had a relatively big hit with their Lee Perry-produced album Night Food, but managed to drop off the radar soon afterwards, with Sibbles going for a solo career. They reunited in 1995, but honestly they probably shouldn't have bothered. Ah well, at least we have a couple decent albums from their early rocksteady period. Enjoy! I'm going to drink more. It is my holiday after all.

Fattie Fattie:

Be a Man:

Heptones Gonna Fight:


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