Real Reggae, Mon…

I get some wonderful comments on this blog from time to time, and this, from Bruce, was a gem. Regarding WFMU out of Jersey City:

“… a terrific reggae show every Wed night, which, like all of the shows, is archived, so that you can listen any time you like. ‘The Pounding System with Clay: Five decades of roots reggae, dancehall, dub, and ska.’ –

   This is SO good. Praise Jah. I just pledged to the station. My only reggae listening lately has been “The Joint” on Sirius Radio, and it’s pretty mediocre. Unlike other Sirius musical stations like B.B. King’s Blues, Outlaw Country, Bluegrass, Underground Garage, the ’50s, etc., all good quality.

   I knew nothing of reggae until 1973, when word was out about a band from Jamacia playing in San Francisco, so one night we drove into the city to Mother’s nightclub on Broadway. The place was packed. No chairs or tables, just a square room with a band at one end. People shoulder to shoulder. Well, pause for effect … it was the Wailers — the singer was Bob Marley, who was of course great — but it’s the band that I remember most. Just never heard anything like that. What power! (They were just about to transition from underground to mainstream.)

  In the ’70s I made friends with a guy at a reggae music store in DC and I’d call him to get recommendations, then order the (vinyl) albums.

   It’s good to be back on the reggae track again.

   “Praise Jah and all hees creations mon.”

4 Responses to Real Reggae, Mon…

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  2. Anonymous says:

    In 1974 I was working in a Chevorn station on Grand Ave in Oakland, one night I woke up at 2 am and couldn't get back to sleep, so I tuned in KSAN, the over night DJ was talking to "some" Brit dude… going on and on about the next wave in music… reggae. I listened, learned alot, and come to find out the Brit Dude, who just stopped by to rap… was John Lennon. Those were the days.

    BTW I always loved the "Blue Plate Special" at lunch time on KSAN too.



  3. Anonymous says:

    Also…. WCBN in Ann Arbor has a long time running show you might like too…


  4. Lloyd Kahn says:

    WCBN, Train To Skaville — wow! Thanks Gill. My cup runneth over with great music right now. I missed out on most ska etc. back in its day.

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