Rudy's Rare Records | Train to Skaville - The Ethiopians | Ruby Soho - Jimmy Cliff | Don't Turn Around - Aswad

in ReggaeJAHM3 years ago

Source Jeffery Kissoon (Clifton) and Larrington Walker (Rudy) in the Birmingham Rep stage play of the Radio 4 show. Larrington Walker was a British actor from Jamaica appearing on TV and films and a member of the Royal Shakespeare Company.

We have a little sitcom on BBC Radio 4, set in an old school record shop in Handsworth in Birmingham. Dad Rudy, aging but still raring to go, his friend Clifton, and girlfriend Doreen, and neurotic, English-grown son, Adam.

The humour is very obvious and the studio audience love it (so do I). As Adam says, often it's not even "a single entendre". It's the kind of gentle show I like to listen to late at night, maybe when I'm in that dream state, half sleeping, half awake.

What I had never really realised before is what a fantastic sound track each half hour show has running through it. I was there the other night, just dreaming, when a sound came on reminding me of dancing in dimly lit basement rooms late at night anywhere in South London. Suddenly I was awake and checking the playlist - I've just picked three of the fourteen tracks featured in that episode to share.

This is the one that roused me from my slumber, reminding me of my young days, out late and running around, finding blues parties and sneaking in under cover of much older boys. We were tolerated as long as we kept a low profile.

Written and first recorded by Leonard Dillon and the Ethiopians in 1967, 'Train To Skaville' was one of the most influential recordings to be issued during the rock steady era. The song later provided the baseline for the Maytals '54 46 That's My Number' (later recut as '54 46 Was My Number'), Marcia Griffiths's 'Feel Like Jumping' and 'Boops' by Super Cat. Source

Here's a version by The Selector, released in the 1980s (this performance in 2015) - made the hairs on my arms stand on end hehe x

This version of Ruby Soho by Jimmy Cliff was new to me, I'd never heard it before catching it on my little radio show:

A collaboration between Jimmy Cliff and Tim Time Bomb, of Rancid, a punk band, which wrote and released the original version (much noisier). I'd come across Tim Time Bomb somewhere before (how)? but never this recording, released as part of the Grammy award winning Re-birth album.

Finally, this happy pop-py song from Aswad (although it has a sad theme), released in 1988 and a number 1 in the UK charts. I love the outfits and the wild west theme - how did that get in West London?

This wasn't quite how I remembered Aswad - I knew them as much more gritty, with songs about the experiences of young black men growing up in England - Three Babylon and It's Not Our Wish - I was surprised to find it was them. But lovely, all the same.

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The humour is very obvious and the studio audience love it (so do I). As Adam says, often it's not even "a single entendre". It's the kind of gentle show I like to listen to late at night, maybe when I'm in that dream state, half sleeping, half awake.

Exactly like our show from the 1970's call Hee Haw, but for reggae instead of country! lol

Haha, yes - I looked that up. It was amazingly popular, I saw.

 3 years ago 

I know the first and last song, classics that melodies remain in the brain. Listening to the radio show now and thinking how interesting it would be to have more shows like this instead of all these podcasts on news and motivation. The closest thing we have to this is twins of twins stir it up .

Jeffery and Larrington look like quite the character.

sneaking in under cover of much older boys.

I read that the wrong way at first 🤭

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So glad you could get the radio show, I know sometimes they are not available in other countries. In many ways it is so English and fits into our very long history of comedy radio.

I've still to get across to Coventry - this year's Capital of Culture - and see the 2Tone exhibition about all the Jamaican influenced music that was generated there in the 1980s. It's only half an hour's drive 😂.

I was amazed by the Jimmy Cliff recording of Ruby Soho - bringing me right up to 2009! 😂

 3 years ago 

That trip to Coventry sounds like a good idea, not sure how the restriction are there but that sounds like half day trip.

Jimmy Cliff, I hope to see him on one o those new era interviews I see on YouTube about artiste telling their story.

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Hey, thank you @reggaejahm, that's exciting!

I've heard all of these tunes through the years except the Jimmy Cliff cover. What a cool sitcom, never heard of it, but sure it's entertaining by your description. Thanks for sharing this post with us my friend.

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Haha, Train to Skaville has turned into a wormhole, I can't stop hearing and singing it hehe 😁. Hope all is good with you @justinparke.

Nice to hear these songs; it's a part of history that should be remembered and preserved. Thanks for sharing these with us 😊.

Glad you enjoyed them 😍.

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