Glen Adams was a Jamaican musician, arranger, producer, based since the mid-1970s in Brooklyn, New York City. Adams' mother was from his father from St. Vincent. Adams' first break in the music business came as a teenager, when he appeared as a singer in a vocal group on Radio Jamaica's Opportunity Knocks show hosted by Vere Johns. Performing on the same show as a solo singer which led to appearances on cabaret shows and performances in Kingston and St. Andrews at weekends. Adams' older sister Yvonne was a popular singer and he was spotted by Clement "Coxsone" Dodd while rehearsing a song that she had written called "Wonder Thirst". Coxsone took him into the Federal Recording Studio to record the track in 1960. Although not released as a single at the time, the song became a popular dub plate on sound systems, the title of the song became his nickname. Adams formed a duo and Glen, with Ken Boothe and they came second place in the 1966 Festival Song Competition with "I Remember"; the duo backed Stranger Cole on his number one single "Uno Dos Tres".
He co-founded The Heptones before moving on to The Pioneers, appearing on the latter's "Shake It Up" and "Good Nanny". While continuing to earn a living as a tailor, he moved on to work with Duke Reid's Treasure Isle set-up as an informal musical director, introducing singers such as Joe White to Reid. Adams worked with Bunny Lee from around 1967 as a solo singer, backing singer and A&R man, in exchange for studio time. At a recording session in October 1968, when several musicians failed to turn up due to a dispute about payment for a previous session, Adams was asked to play piano, despite not being proficient on the instrument. Unhappy with the results, he switched instruments with organist Lloyd Charmers, he played organ on eight tracks in that session, which included Lester Sterling's "Bangarang" and Slim Smith's "Everybody Needs Love" and he has stuck with the instrument since, becoming a regular session player. Along with other musicians such as the Barrett brothers, he performed in sessions for a range of producers under a variety of group names notably The Hippy Boys for Bunny Lee, where Adams did some of his most memorable work accompanying Slim Smith, The Reggae Boys and The Upsetters for Lee "Scratch" Perry.
Adams worked for Herman Chin Loy, where he was one of a number of keyboard players to record under the name Augustus Pablo, before Horace Swaby adopted that identity. Perry and The Upsetters toured the United Kingdom to capitalise on the success of Perry's hit "Return of Django"; as part of The Upsetters, Adams backed The Wailers during their spell with Perry and Adams did much of the arranging and composed the song "Mr. Brown"; the lyrics were inspired by a local tale about a duppy, seen speeding around on a three-wheeled coffin with two "John Crows" on top, one of which would ask for "Mr. Brown". Adams was due to record the track himself but Perry suggested that the Wailers record it, with Peter Tosh and Adams adding spooky organ riffs. Adams introduced this song at his concerts with the statement: "I wrote this song for Bob Marley"; when The Wailers parted company with Perry in 1971 taking The Upsetter's rhythm section with them, Adams remained with Perry. During this period he had started to split his time between Jamaica and the United States.
In the United States he set up his own Capo record label and put together a new band, the Blue Grass Experience. He moved to Brooklyn permanently in 1975, where he became more involved in producing and worked for Brad Osbourne's Clocktower and Lloyd Barnes' Bullwackie labels and played with The Realistics band. In the late 1970s, Adams expanded into R&B and Rap production, working with hip hop artist T Ski Valley, he worked with Shaggy and remixed and re-voiced an album of Upsetters material in 1996, released by Heartbeat Records as Upsetters a Go Go. After many years in the studio, Adams returned to live performance in the 2000s, touring the USA and Europe with The Slackers and playing occasional NYC shows with the Jammyland All-Stars. Adams owned his own recording studio and in his years produced artists such as Susan Cadogan and Keith Rowe, half of the vocal duo Keith & Tex from Jamaica. Glen Adams died on 17 December 2010 at the University Hospital of the West Indies after falling ill while visiting Jamaica.
Far Away, 1967 Grab A Girl, 1968 Hey There Lonely Girl, 1968 Hold Down Miss Winey I Can't Help It, 1968 I Remember, 1967 I Wanna Hold Your Hand, 1968 My Argument, 1968 Run Come Dance, 1968 I'm Shocking, I'm Electric, 1967 She's So Fine, 1968 Silent Lover, 1967 Taking Over Orange Street, 1968 Upsetters – Blackboard Jungle Dub Glen Adams – Wonderthirst Landmark Glen Adams Landmark Corner at the Wayback Machine – Nov 2007 archived version of Official Homepage PUNKCAST#222 live vid w/ The Slackers, Knitting Factory NYC, 22 December 2002 PUNKCAST#631 live vid w/ Jammyland All Stars, Club Seho NYC, 3 December 2004 Roots Archive Glen Adams Discography
The Skatalites are a ska band from Jamaica. They played between 1963 and 1965, recorded many of their best known songs in the period, including "Guns of Navarone." They played on records by Prince Buster and backed many other Jamaican artists who recorded during that period. They reformed in 1983 and have played together since; the founders of the Skatalites were Tommy McCook, Rolando Alphonso, Lester Sterling, Lloyd Brevett, Lloyd Knibb, Don Drummond, Jah Jerry Haynes, Jackie Mittoo, Johnny Moore and Jackie Opel. These ten musicians started to play together from 1955, when Kingston's recording studios started to develop. Tommy McCook was the first member of the band to record, though not for commercial release: he played with Don Hitchman's Group in 1953. Archie Lindo asked Hitchman to play a few tunes for his pioneer radio station, "ZQI", on their new equipment. Soon after that, sound system pioneer Stanley Motta began to operate his studio, where he recorded calypso and mento that were released on 78's.
Rolando Alphonso was one of the first to record with him in 1954. Though McCook was the first in the band to record, he did not participate in the recording sessions with the other nine musicians, he left Jamaica in 1954 for a jazz gig at the Zanzibar Club in Bahamas. He returned to Jamaica in June 1962, began playing regular jazz sessions around Kingston. Record producer Coxsone Dodd searched for jazz players around Kingston and was impressed by McCook's playing. Tommy McCook heard some ska, but resisted Dodd's offers to record and to lead a studio group, because he was a committed jazzman. In 1962 Dodd released I Cover The Waterfront with Roland Alphonso and Don Drummond, who did the solo and brass sections. In 1963 he released Jazz Jamaica From the Workshop, on which McCook played for the first time since returning to Jamaica. Don Drummond has two tunes on Jazz Jamaica and McCook has one, "The Answer". In spring 1964, The Skatalites recorded their first LP Ska Authentic at Studio One in Kingston and toured Jamaica as the creators of ska.
Their producers were Coxsone Dodd, Duke Reid, Prince Buster, Vincent "King" Edwards, Justin "Phillip" Yap, Leslie Kong, Lindon Pottinger, Sonia Pottinger and Vincent "Randy" Chin. The Skatalites led sessions with top artists and worked with young talents such as Delroy Wilson, Desmond Dekker, The Wailers, Lee Perry, etc, they played their first show on 27 June at the Hi-Hat club, on Water Lane in Rae Town, owned and operated by Orville "Billy" Farnum. Coxsone Dodd helped initially: "At the formation of the band, I supplied the PA system and what it is; the guitar amplifier and other amplifier. I helped with transportation and I supplied storage for equipment and instruments. I was a part of promoting the first gigs and other gigs to get it off the ground, because I figured more or less, if I am recording the Skatalites, its good to get them popular out in the streets, yunno?"Trombonist Don Drummond had at least 200 tunes to his name by 1965. On 1 January 1965, Drummond was arrested for the murder of his girlfriend, Anita "Marguerita" Mahfood.
He was convicted and remanded to the Bellevue Asylum. In August 1965, The Skatalites played their last show, they broke up into two supergroups, Rolando Alphonso and the Soul Vendors and Tommy McCook and the Supersonics. In April 1967, The Skatalites' ska adaptation of the theme to the film The Guns of Navarone entered the Top 40 of the UK Singles Chart. Don Drummond died on 6 May 1969, in the Bellevue Asylum; the Skatalites first reunion happened in the studio, during 1974 sessions for bass player Lloyd Brevett's solo album. After laying down hand percussion tracks at Lee Perry's studio, Brevett was joined by McCook, Sterling and Mittoo. Ernest Ranglin played guitar, with Oswald Brooks on trumpet; the album was released as African Roots, a collection of Brevett compositions, has been variously released both as a Lloyd Brevett and as a Skatalies album, with most editions crediting "Lloyd Brevett and The Skatalites". In 1979, The Skatalites again joined in the studio, this time to record an album for Chris Blackwell.
The album, tentatively entitled The Big Guns, was not released at the time, due to a disagreement between McCook and Blackwell, remains unreleased. In June 1983, The Skatalites reformed and played the Reggae Sunsplash festival in Montego Bay in July after festival director Ronnie Burke persuaded them to appear at the fifth anniversary of the festival, despite Moore and McCook having not spoken since the band split, their show was successful and the band played more concerts in Jamaica, while taking offers to tour abroad. The line-up at this time reflected the original line-up of the band, with the exception of Drummond, joined by guests Cedric Brooks, Arnold Breckenridge, Bubbles Cameron. Recordings from 27 June and 17 July 1983 were released on the live album Stretching Out, although the band claimed on their website that they received no payment for this recording and discouraged fans from buying it, their rehearsal sessions resulted in a clutch of new songs, led this time by Jackie Mittoo, which were recorded in Music Mountain Studio but only released in 2007 on Motion Records.
The album included their tribute with Lord Tanamo on vocals. In April 1984, The Skatalites recorded The Return of The Big Guns, released on Mango Records in the UK, based on charts written by Drummond and arranged by McCook. On 7 July 1984, The Skatalites played to thousands at Selhurst Park during the London Sunsplash; the Skatalites played seve
The Slackers/Pulley Split
The Slackers/Pulley Split is a split EP by The Slackers, a New York ska band, Pulley, a punk rock band. It was released in 2004; the Track "Sarah", by The Slackers, is an alternate version to that which appears on their debut album Better Late Than Never. The Track "I Shall Be Released" is a cover of the Bob Dylan song of the same name. "Stumped" and "Salad Days" are Minor Threat. "Good Guys Don't Wear White" is a Standell's cover, covered by Minor Threat. The end of Pulley's version includes lyrics from the NOFX song "Don't Call Me White". "Sarah" – 3:47 "Keep It Simple" – 3:15 "Donde Fue" – 4:18 "I Shall Be Released" – 4:38 "Propaganda Dub" – 4:09 "Stumped" – 2:01 "Good Guys Don't Wear White" – 2:15 "Salad Days" – 2:45 "Speakeasy" – 1:59
Wasted Days is an album by the ska/reggae band The Slackers, released on February 21, 2001 on Hellcat Records. Unlike other releases by the Slackers, the songs on the vinyl LP version of the album differ from their counterparts on the CD release; the CD edition of the album features a cover of the Bon Jovi song, "Wanted Dead or Alive". The album concept is that of a comic book; the girl on the cover is reading a comic entitled Wasted Days. The band is featured on the inside jacket speaking with dialog boxes like that of a comic book. With the exception of the song titles, the artwork for both the CD and vinyl versions is the same. Photo credit belongs to Denny Renshaw and the Wasted Days comic was created by Adrienne Vander Ploeg. All songs written except where noted. "Wasted Days" – 4:08 "Henderson Swamp" – 2:42 "Please Decide" – 3:11 "Pets of the World" – 4:18 "Dave's Friend" – 4:54 "So This Is the Night" – 3:49 "Made Up My Mind" – 3:54 "Sermon" – 2:31 "The Nurse" – 3:25 "Old Days" – 5:40 "Midnight Rendezvous" – 4:44 "Tales of the Mongoose" – 3:54 "Easy" – 3:55 "Walking On" – 6:11 "Wanted Dead or Alive" – 3:53 "Information Error" – 6:12 "This Is the Night" – 3:29 "Don't Break My Heart" – 4:01 "Fifteen" – 3:20 "Information Error" – 4:51 "Wasted Days" – 6:35 "Tales of the Rugaroo" – 7:09 "A Fifth of Slack" – 3:57 "Old Days" – 5:44 "Remember When" – 5:02
Ariane Daniela Forster, known by her stage name Ari Up, was a German vocalist best known as a member of the English post-punk band The Slits. Ari was born in Germany. Both her parents were involved in the music industry: Her father, Frank Forster, was a German schlager singer who had some success in the 50s and 60s while her mother Nora was a friend of Jimi Hendrix and dated Chris Spedding for three years. Ari's maternal grandfather was the wealthy German newspaper proprietor Franz Karl Maier, owner of Der Tagesspiegel, her godfathers were Austrian singer/composer Udo Jürgens and Jon Anderson, the singer of the group Yes. Nora married the Sex Pistols' lead singer, John Lydon, in 1979, their home was known to be something of a punk domain. The constant presence of punk music led to Ari experimenting with it herself, learning to play the guitar from The Clash's Joe Strummer. In 1976, at the age of 14, Ari formed The Slits with drummer Palmolive. Within a short time, guitarist Viv Albertine joined the group and found herself impressed by the young singer.
"English was her second language," Albertine noted in an interview. "It was not easy for her and she had to fight to be taken seriously." She succeeded: "Ari was the most dynamic woman I have known," said Albertine. "The way she carried herself was a revolution."By the late 1970s, The Slits were touring as the opening act for The Clash. Ari Up's love of reggae led The Slits into a "jungly" dub style, she was the most flamboyant member of the group, becoming known for her wild hair and odd stage outfits. She can be seen in The Clash film Rude Boy, associating with the band backstage, her 1977 performances with The Slits are featured in The Punk Rock Movie, a documentary release of various punk group club performances, principally at The Roxy. After The Slits disbanded in 1981, Ari moved with her husband and twin sons to jungle regions of Indonesia and Belize and lived among indigenous people in those areas, they moved to Jamaica settling in Kingston. She continued to make music, first with the New Age Steppers as a solo artist, using the stage names Baby Ari and Ari Up.
In 2000, Lydon and Nora became legal guardians of Ari's twin boys. They couldn't write or form proper sentences. One day Ari said. I suggested, they gave us hell, but I loved having kids around." Ari's first full-length solo album, Dread More Dan Dead, was released in 2005. Ari Up appeared on Lee "Scratch" Perry's Repentance, performed a duet on a cover version of Mike Hugg's song "Mister, You're a Better Man Than I" on Mark Stewart's, Edit. In 2008, Ari was diagnosed with breast cancer; however she refused the physician-recommended chemotherapy. Lydon commented, "who refuses chemo because they don’t want their Rasta locks cut off? Ariane was just…not sensible, she thought. We spent hundreds of thousands trying to save her, but it was too late." Despite the diagnosis, she performed in July, 2009, with Perry and Austrian dub band Dubblestandart in Brooklyn, New York, just prior to the Central Park SummerStage festival. One of Ari's last recordings took place in New York with Lee Scratch Perry; the sessions were recorded by the Subatomic Sound System and released in August 2010 on 7" vinyl, titled "Hello, Hell is Very Low" b/w "Bed Athletes."
The Slits' final work, the video for the song "Lazy Slam" from Trapped Animal, was released posthumously in accordance with Ari's wishes. On 20 October 2010, Ari died in Los Angeles, aged 48, her death was announced on Lydon's homepage. At this time and Nora became guardians of Ari's third child, Wilton. A tribute Punky Reggae Birthday Party was held in at the Music Hall of Williamsburg by Dunia Best, Aram Sinnreich and Vivien Goldman on Brooklyn on 16 January 2011. Neneh Cherry, Tessa Pollitt, Hollie Cook and other former members of The Slits performed, along with members of the True Warriors, New Age Steppers, other friends and associates; the Slits – Cut V/A – We Do'Em Our Way New Age Steppers – The New Age Steppers The Slits – Return of the Giant Slits The Slits – The Peel Sessions V/A – Lipstick Traces V/A – Rough Trade Shop, Post Punk 01 Ari Up – True Warrior / I'm Allergic 7" The Slits – Live at the Gibus Club Ari Up – Baby Mother 12" Ari Up – Dread More Dan Dead V/A – Girl Monster The Slits – Revenge Of The Killer Slits 7" Dubblestandart vs.
Ken Boothe vs. Ari Up – When I Fall In Love / Island Girl 12" The Slits – Trapped Animal Subatomic Sound System Meets Ari Up & Lee "Scratch" Perry – Hello, Hell Is Very Low / Bed Athletes Ari Up & Vic Ruggiero – Rare Singles and More... New Age Steppers – Love Forever www.ariup.com Official website Official website from 2003 at the Wayback Machine Ari Up Interview A personal tribute by Kris Needs L. A. Weekly interview
International War Criminal
International War Criminal is an EP by The Slackers first released in 2004. The five-song single, released by Thought Squad, continues the band's turn to more politically themed lyrics first heard on their 2003 release, Close My Eyes; the EP features a full-band version of the song "International War Criminal" which first appeared on Vic Ruggiero's second solo album, Alive at the Ladybug House. A dub version of "Propaganda" appears on The Slackers/Pulley Split and An Afternoon in Dub. All five songs appear on Peculiar, although all except "Rider" are re-recorded. "Propaganda" – 4:09 "Rider" – 4:04 "International War Criminal" – 3:20 "Keep It Simple" – 3:15 "Crazy" – 3:24