If you need a reggae/ska top 10 who better to ask than a proper skinhead!
We spoke to Bargy Bass, the bass player from the great UK street punk band Argy Bargy for his selection, he polished up his docs and moaned about having thousands of great records to choose from, which we had to agree with, somehow he whittled it down… have a listen and then check out his band…
Upsetters – Dollar In The Teeth
Absolute corker.. Heard this as a kid and still love it.. The Upsetters would always have a tune in my top ten..
Laurel Aitken ”â Mr. Popcorn
Always try and spin this DJin’.. Laurel did some great tunes around this time and knew how to get a room dancin’..
Lloyd Charmers & the Hippy Boys ”â Stronger
Lloyd Charmers did some classic stuff.. The Hippy Boys where the only Hippys that most Skinheads liked!!
J.J. All Stars ”â Soup
Version of the classic Things you say you love by The Jamaicans.. Unbelievably good!!
Cornell Campbell ”â Queen Of The Minstrel
Great singer and matched with a Studio One production, sublime.
Ken Boothe ”â Artibella
The Reggae version is my favourite although the Ska version he did is pretty good.. Ken Boothe is another great singer that put the Soul in Jamaica..
Pat Kelly ”â How Long Will It Take
Another great Jamaican Soul singer.. You can hear Sam Cooke without a doubt but with a driving rhythm. Classic on the Gas label..
Alton Ellis ”â Start All Over Again
Also known as ‘Can I Change My Mind’, this is another Studio One Soulful Classic and a cover of Tyrone Davis’
‘Can I Change My Mind’.. I’d always pick this one though!
Toots & The Maytals – Pressure Drop
Couldn’t do a Reggae Top ten with no Toots.. What a voice!!
U Roy – Natty Rebel
Double bubble for me this one.. All the toasting skills of U Roy over one of the best songs Bob Marley wrote.. Sung on this version by the superb Gladiators..