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New Edition – Cool It Now
Dec 27th, 2010 by lo-budge

YouTube – New Edition – Cool It Now.

Now that it’s almost the New Year, I’m going to post some songs by bands with “New” in their name.  And yes, this is an excuse to post even more videos by New Order.  But today’s song is by four young men who sound like they sucked in some serious helium before recording this 80’s gem.

Badman Records – Bounty Killer – Run Come Up In A Mi Magnum (Christmas Riddim)
Dec 23rd, 2010 by lo-budge

YouTube – Badman Records- Run Come Up In A Mi Magnum (Christmas Riddim.

…  and that ends this year’s reggae Christmas.  Happy Holidays!

Yellow Man – African Christmas
Dec 23rd, 2010 by lo-budge

YouTube – Yellow Man – African Christmas.

I didn’t get a chance to post last night as Nick Camber is in town and we spent some time catching up last night.  So I’ll post one more song now to cap off the reggae Christmas 2010 …

REGGAE CHRISTMAS MIX BY DJ MARLO FROM PANAMA
Dec 21st, 2010 by lo-budge

YouTube – REGGAE CHRISTMAS MIX BY DJ MARLO FROM PANAMA.

I think DJ Marlo likes Yellowman quite a bit.  This was a good sampler of many reggae Christmas songs I have yet to hear in their entirety!  But my hands down favorite part was the little “DJ Marlo” sample he scratches at the beginning.  The way “Marlo” is pronounced in Spanish just cracked me up for some reason.  What a strange project he embarked upon that evening.

Oh yeah, and if you want to see this site as if it was a GeoCities site, just click here.  God, I love this site.

Have a reggae christmas “mon”
Dec 20th, 2010 by lo-budge

YouTube – have a reggae christmas “mon”.

Man, that “Frosty the Snow(mon)” video I posted inspired some negative reactions!

In the spirit of challenging the notion of what reggae (Christmas) music can be, here is some sort of Asian youth orchestra doing a “reggae” medley that includes Jingle Bells.

I have thought a lot about that “Frosty the Snow(mon)” song and have wondered why I (and others) react so negatively to it.  I mean, I hear bad country, jazz, blues, indie rock, and electronic music all the time, but there’s something about a really bad reggae song that is somehow worse than all of those.  But I think it’s valid for people to try their hand at different forms of music, even if they fail miserably.  I think the guys who did that particular song were just trying to make a children’s album and I’m sure they went to the bar after each recording and laughed their asses off (and all the way to the bank) about what they had just recorded.  But I have to think that their heart was in the right place – they’re just trying to make a children’s album and introduce them to some reggae rhythms, right?  I also enjoy reggae music, but I am a bigger fan of the weird songs that don’t quite fit neatly into any category.  If a song can inspire a reaction, even a violently bad one, I still think it’s better than the endless amount of mediocre music out there.  I think I would have rather played bass on “Frosty the Snow(mon)” than in most American reggae bands I see or hear in general (with the exception of, sadly enough, Slightly Stoopid).  Anyway, we’ll see what other weird ugly treasures I can dig up this week.

S.O.S. BAND – High Hopes
Dec 17th, 2010 by lo-budge

YouTube – S.O.S. BAND – High Hopes1982.

From Chris:

We interupt lo-budge’s celebration of reggae Christmas with a funk jam from 1982. I love reggae, but that last song lo-budge posted “Frosty the Snowman” was so awful, it ruins the whole genre.
This is a jam to help you kick off your weekend. If you’re going to a Christmas party this season, I hope you can play this mid-tempo disco/funk/R&B jam by the S.O.S. Band. The production from this era of funk is so good. The drums are so punchy. I remember this song from my childhood, but I have no idea where I heard it. Maybe Roller King? Maybe the R&B station I used to listen to in 5th grade?

Bob Marley And The Wailers – White Christmas
Dec 16th, 2010 by lo-budge

YouTube – Bob Marley And The Wailers – White Christmas.

This is more like it.

Reggae Christmas – Frosty the Snowman
Dec 15th, 2010 by lo-budge

YouTube – Reggae Christmas – Frosty the Snowman.

Every time I think I’ve heard the worst reggae song in the world, along comes another one that sets the bar even lower.   This one is the new worst one ever.  Is this a country band doing a reggae song?  What’s up with the weird vocals?  Why does “Favorites” have a “u” in it on the album cover – is this a Canadian or British album?  What are the snowman’s dreads made out of?  I must find out the answers to these questions.

Jacob Miller & Ray I – We Wish You a Merry Christmas
Dec 14th, 2010 by lo-budge

YouTube – JACOB MILLER & RAY I – WE WISH YOU A MERRY CHRISTMAS [REGGAE CHRISTMAS VERSION].

Ahhhh, this album.  He even wishes you a “dance hall” New Year, and a rubby-dan-dooby-dubby Christmas.  There will be more of this album posted before 12/25.

We Wish You A Reggae Christmas – Yellowman
Dec 13th, 2010 by lo-budge

YouTube – We Wish You A Reggae Christmas By Yellowman.

Yes, it’s that time of year again.  The snow is softly falling, the chestnuts are roasting, and the bong is loaded with some serious wacky tobbacky.  It’s reggae Christmas time again!

I’m sure the novelty will wear off for this after this year, but for the next two weeks allow me to indulge myself in more of these awesome additions to my winter holiday customs.

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