EARLY REGGAE / SKINHEAD



On this page, along with some of the music associated with the first British Skinhead movement, are some examples of the early Reggae beat.

 It seems that the music of Jamaica had reached an altogether new plateau after the brief, but golden, sounds of Rock Steady, as until then the bulk of the music produced had tended to be solely for the purpose of the dance, whether fast or slow. And if Ska was 'body' music, pure energy and optimism, then Rock Steady, which slowed things down, had became more introspective, music for the heart and mind. Some time in 1968 there was an enormous creative explosion and from that explosion a kaleidoscope of musical styles was born, which became known collectively as Reggae. I believe this paradigmatic shift came about in part, through the awareness of the musicians, artists,  producers, and audiences in Jamaican that the music they were creating had value and use beyond their own needs and desires to a near global context, and had, weather they wanted it or no,  now entered an international dimension. 

The sub genre known as Skinhead is of purely British origin, it was not until well into it's existence that it was recognized as such by the Jamaican music industry, and then became part of a feed-back loop connecting the British Isle's to Jamaica. What is Skinhead in a Jamaican music context? In truth it could be said that almost all music, known collectively as Reggae, from the late 1960s until about c1972 could be claimed as Skinhead, because Reggae was the Skinheads music of choice, they identified with its content and form and adopted it with pride. As with all styles and movements the story reaches back into its pre-existence. Three defining characteristics of a Skinhead,  the mode of dress, the type, or class, of person, and the music, had all existed before the Skinhead had been codified. The most defining characteristic of the Skinhead is, of course, their appearance, and the hair in particular. As is well known many of the very first Skins were at one time Mods who were, for numerous reasons, many to do with fashion, disinclined to dress and behave in the evolving style and attitudes of the Hippie, a  predominantly American (West Coast) middle class situation. The haircut and all of the clothes that became standard dress for the (male) Skinhead were worn previously, at one time or another, by Mods. This is not to take anything away from the style of the Skinhead,  it just reinforces their commitment to some of the class values inherent in the Mod movement. 

Only when Skinhead's had asserted their existence were they able to claim the preceding (Jamaican) music as their own. This was partly because it had shared these same characteristics, and had inadvertently helped to define the Skinhead. The early Jamaican music that the Skin's identified mostly with, were cuts like: Derrick Morgan's Fat Man, and Eric Morris's Humpty Dumpty, both on the Blue Beat label, and: Forward March Derrick Morgan, Miss Jamaica by Jimmy Cliff and Housewife's Choice Derrick & Patsy, all on the Island label, it was these, and others in a similar strident or assertive vein, from the pre Ska period that would have later become part of the lexicon of Skinhead Reggae. Yet it was with Ska and the first mention of 'Rude Boys' that the embryonic Skinhead had matured into a recognizable entity.

RUDE BOYS


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WRECK A BUDDY
THE SOUL SISTERS
SEE ME
EARL GEORGE
SMILE
THE FABIONS
CATERPILLAR ROCK
VINCENT GORDON
STAY A LITTLE BIT LONGER
DELANO STEWART
CHAIN GANG
WINSTON FRANCIS
MY DESIRE
YARD BROOMS
MY DEVOTION
TYRONE EVANS & PHYLLIS DILLON
MR LONELY
THE JAMAICANS
BA BA
THE SLICKERS
AUNTIE LULU
SLICKERS
SIPREANO
LEE PERRY
SLIP AWAY
SLIM SMITH
PRETTY COTTAGE
STRANGER "SOUL" COLE
IF THIS WORLD WERE MINE
TYRONE EVANS
PROFESSOR IN ACTION
THE SCIENTISTS
UNDER THE SHADY TREE
DENNIS WALKS
LONG LIFE
BILL GENTLES
QUE KUE SHUT
THE CREATIONS
NA NA NA NA NA NA
STRANGER COLE
MESHWIRE
WINSTON WRIGHT
BRAINWASH
THE CONSCIOUS MINDS
SINCE YOU ARE GONE
DAVID ISAACS
IMAGINE HOW
AUSTIN FAITHFUL
PROBLEMS
 DESMOND DEKKER
PRESSURE DROPS
THE MAYTALS
RICH IN LOVE
GLEN ADAMS
LOVE AND DEVOTION
THE UNIQUES
FUNNY WAY OF LAUGHING
THE CLARENDONIANS
CRY A LITTLE CRY
DOBBY DOBSON
WALK BY DAY FLY BY NIGHT
THE REGGAE BOYS
1000 TONS OF MEGATON
ROLAND ALPHONSO
SONG OF THE YEAR
SPARKERS
OLD MAN SAY
SILVER STARS
GAMES PEOPLE PLAY
BOB ANDY
APPOLO 11
THE MOON BOYS
SWEET AND DANDY
THE MAYTALS
PLEASE PLEASE
THE CARIBBEANS
TIGHTEN UP
JIMMY LONDON AND THE INSPIRATIONS
SUFFERER
KINGSTONIANS
DON JUAN
JOHNNY OSBORNE AND BORIS GARDNER
THREE IN ONE
ERROL DUNKLEY
RUDY A MESSAGE TO YOU
DANDY
TRAIN TO SOULVILLE
THE CHECK 'O' MATES
YOUR NEW LOVE
DOBBY DOBSON
SAD SONG
BARRY LLEWELYN
PLACE IN THE SUN
DAVID ISAACS
LOVE TO CHERISH
RICHARD ACE
I'M YOUR MAN
JOHN HOLT
NANNY GOAT
LARRY AND ALVIN
ONE LOOK
THE GAYSTERS
BREAKING UP
ALTON ELLIS
IF IT DON'T WORK OUT
PAT KELLY
DON'T LET ME DOWN
MARCIA GRIFFITHS
TRY TO REMEMBER
PAT KELLEY
HOW CAN I FORGET
BUSTY BROWN
FINDERS KEEPERS
THE CRYSTALITES
LOVE UP KISS UP
TERMITES
STRANGE
DOBBY DOBSON
127  ORANGE STREET
BUSTERS ALL STARS
OUT OF LOVE
THE UNIQUES
SHE BRING ME JOY
THE CLARENDONIANS
SHEPHERD BENG, BENG
PRINCE BUSTER & TEDDY KING
LITTLE BOY BLUE
PAT KELLY
GAMES PEOPLE PLAY
WINSTON FRANCIS
THE LAW
ANDY CAPP
CAN'T WINE
THE KINGSTONIANS
TIE THE DONKEYS TAIL
PRINCE BUSTER
MY GIRL
GLEN ADAMS
THE BREAK
WINSTON FRANCIS
JOHNNY DOLLAR
DAVE BARKER
REGGAE FEVER
SIDNEY, GEORGE & JACKIE
LOVELL SPECIAL
VAL BENNETT
I'LL BE LONELY
JOHN HOLT AND JOYA LANDIS
SKANK ME
LITTLE ROY
EL CASINO ROYALE
LYNN TAITT AND THE JETS
ILLYA KURYAKIN
IKE B & THE CRYSTALLITES
JUNGLE WALK
DANDY WITH THE SUPERBOYS
LET ME TELL YOU BOY
EBONY SISTERS
WHY DIDN'T YOU SAY
JAMES NEPHEW
GOOD TIME ROCK
HUGH MALCOLM
BE YOURSELF
KEN BOOTH
PLACE CALLED HAPPINESS
RUDY MILLS
LIVE THE LIFE I LOVE
G. G. GROSSETT
MAKING LOVE
DEVON & THE TARTANS
TONIGHT
JOHN HOLT
MONEY GIRL
LARRY MARSHALL
REGGAE IN THE GRASS
ROLAND ALPHONSO
WHY PRETEND
BELTONES
SOUL STEW
THE MEDIATORS
WHAT'S YOUR EXCUSE
THE HIPPY BOYS
BABY REGGAE
LLOYD & DEVON
CATCH THE QUINELLA
THE JAMAICAN ACTIONS
HONG KONG FLU
THE ETHIOPIANS
BLAM BLAM FEVER
THE VALENTINES
UNDERTAKERS BURIAL
CRYSTALITES
LONG LOST LOVE
RUPIE EDWARDS
UNKNOWN
KEN BOOTH
STIR IT UP
BOB MARLEY AND THE WAILERS
DON'T BE A RUDE BOY
THE RULERS
HANDFUL OF FRIENDS
PAT SATCHMO
MY WOMANS LOVE
THE UNIQUES
HELLO CAROL
THE GLADIATORS
I DON'T CARE
BOB AND TY
GIVE ME A CHANCE
DELANO STEWART AND PATSY
OVERPROOF
KING CANNON
HAPPY TIME
HERBIE CARTER
WHEN I GET MY FREEDOM
STRANGER COLE
MOONLIGHT GROOVER
WINSTON WRIGHT
DESPERATE LOVER
BOB ANDY
LET ME WALK BY
CARIBBEANS
SEARCHING
JUNIOR SMITH
COOL DOWN
WINSTON HINES
HOT SHOT
CARL BRYAN
ANOTHER HEARTACHE
WINSTON SINCLAIR
REGGAE FOR DAYS
ROY & ENID
THE UPSETTER
LEE PERRY
BANGARANG
LESTER STERLING & STRANGER COLE
PEYTON PLACE
DON TONY LEE & ROLAND ALPHONSO
TRUE ROMANCE
BUNNY & RUDDY
MUSICALLY BEAT
WINSTON AND RUPERT
YOUR NO HUSTLER
DANDY
HOLD YOUR JACK
DERRICK MORGAN
THROWING STONES
THE TWO SPARKS
DULCEMANIA
DRUMBAGO AND DYNAMITES
PEACE MAKER
THE HIPPY BOYS
WOMAN CAPTURE MAN
ETHIOPIANS
54-46 THAT'S MY NUMBER
THE MAYTALS
MONKEY MAN
THE MAYTALS
REBORN
THE MAYTALS
HANG 'EM HIGH
RICHARD ACE
DEATH RIDES
THE HIPPY BOYS
 RAT TRAP 
PRINCE BUSTER
 
A IT MEK 
DESMOND DEKKER
 
TWELFTH OF NEVER
PAT KELLY
THE DRIFTER
DENNIS WALKS
THE WORLD NEEDS LOVE
ROY SHIRLEY
HOOK UP
JACKIE MITTOO
KINGSTON TOWN
LORD CREATOR
NOW I KNOW
KEN BOOTH
FOOLISH FOOL
CYNTHIA RICHARDS
JUDGE DREAD
PRINCE BUSTER
DAPHNEY WALKING
KING CANNON & THE MELODIANS
LA LA MEANS I LOVE YOU
ALTON ELLIS
FEEL BAD
THE TENNORS
ANOTHER SCORCHER
JACKIE BERNARD & THE TENNORS
FOO MANCHU
DESMOND DEKKER & THE ACES
TIGHTEN UP YOUR GIRD
KEITH AND TEX
I'M THE ONE
BRUCE RUFFIN
THE BIGGER WAY
WINSTON BLAKE
LOVE IS THE KEY
LLOYD AND DEVON
BIG MAN
THE GREY BROTHERS
LIFT YOUR HEAD HIGH
STRANGER COLE
GOLD DIGGER
WAILING SOUL
SEE ABOUT ME
SOUL STIRRERS
WINEY WINEY
THE KINGSTONIANS
MIX IT UP
KINGSTONIANS
TEN TO TWELVE
LEE PERRY AND THE UPSETTERS

 




 

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SPREAD YOUR BED
THE VERSATILES
WORRIES A YARD
THE VERSATILES
NO LOVE
JOHN HOLT
A LITTLE TEAR
JOHN HOLT
IT'S ALL RIGHT
KEN PARKER
ONE LOVE
THE COBBS
THE TIME HAS COME
TECHNIQUES
MAN OF MY WORD
TECHNIQUES
PHANTOM
THE DYNAMITES
ANGEL
GLEN AND ROY
WHAT AM I TO DO
TECHNIQUES
YOUR MY EVERYTHING
TECHNIQUES
ISRAELITES
DESMOND DEKKER & THE ACES
FLY RIGHT
BABA BROOKS
ILL NEVER FALL IN LOVE AGAIN
SENSATIONS
THOSE GUYS
SENSATIONS
GOT TO GET AWAY
PARAGONS
LEFT WITH A BROKEN HEART
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