"Love In Vain" - The Ruts (1980)

"Wedlock In Dreadlock": The punk & reggae connection weekly tribute (pt 7)

Killer B-side of The Ruts` 1980 7” single "Staring At The Rude Boys" by one of punk rock`s finest, yet sadly underestimated bands. Their love for punk rock and reggae blended with a strong will for anti-racist and social activism and was supported by an incredible songwriting ability that produced a stream of punk rock and reggae classics, plus some excellent anti-drug tunes.

"Love In Vain" turns into a heartbreaking, mournful punk/reggae ballad with raw lyrics and vocals, in light of Malcolm Owen`s, the band`s singer, struggle with heroin addiction, which led to his death by an overdose in the same year this was released. The lyrics are simple, yet clever, since they can be interpreted in both ways, as reffering to a love that has died or to Owen`s "love in vein", the heroin addiction he couldn`t quit but didn`t want in his arms:

"…Don`t want you in my arms no more,
Don`t want you in my arms no more,
'cause it's certain like it did before,
The tracks I made are reading like a map,
All the time I`m spending on my back,
Oh God, Now I ache inside,
Oh God, now, I`m really tired,
Sleepness nights I spend in pools of sweat,
Cant get you outta my mind,
Well not just yet,
Don`t wantcha, don`t wantcha, don`t wantcha in my arms no more,
Now your gone sometimes I think of you,
Dont want you back now `cause I changed my view,
I use to love you,
Oh, it’s true,
But if you come back, well it’s prrrrrrp to you!…”

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Paul Simonon & Mick Jones of The Clash, Glen Matlock of The Sex Pistols & members of Steel Pulse demonstrating outside National Front Leader Martin Webster’s house in 1977 (photographed by Caroline Coon).
"Wedlock In Dreadlock": The punk & reggae connection weekly tribute (pt 6)

"…Black and white unite in staging an anti-racism demonstration outside the headquarters of the National Front in early 1977. The protest, a year before the Rock Against Racism concert in Victoria Park, united white punk with black roots reggae.  The two genres of music were booming in the UK at this time. A combination of huge cuts in welfare by a Labour Government under pressure, wage freezes and mass unemployment, along with the uninspiring glam rock and disco that dominated the radio during the mid 1970s, proved to be the perfect breeding ground for the political and religious messages of punk and roots reggae…”
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Paul Simonon & Mick Jones of The Clash, Glen Matlock of The Sex Pistols & members of Steel Pulse demonstrating outside National Front Leader Martin Webster’s house in 1977 (photographed by Caroline Coon).

"Wedlock In Dreadlock": The punk & reggae connection weekly tribute (pt 6)

"…Black and white unite in staging an anti-racism demonstration outside the headquarters of the National Front in early 1977. The protest, a year before the Rock Against Racism concert in Victoria Park, united white punk with black roots reggae.

The two genres of music were booming in the UK at this time. A combination of huge cuts in welfare by a Labour Government under pressure, wage freezes and mass unemployment, along with the uninspiring glam rock and disco that dominated the radio during the mid 1970s, proved to be the perfect breeding ground for the political and religious messages of punk and roots reggae…”

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ROCK AGAINST RACISM/ANTI-NAZI LEAGUE CARNIVAL, VICTORIA PARK, LONDON, 30-04-1978

   To campaign against the mid-70`s rising power of the far right National Front, the Anti-Nazi League and Rock Against Racism held a series of marches and concerts.

   The first large scale concert was held in Victoria Park, after a six mile rally from Trafalgar Square to Victoria Park on the 30th April 1978, attended by more than 80.000 people, with the participation of The Clash, X-Ray Spex, Sham 69, Tom Robinson Band and Steel Pulse.

"Wedlock In Dreadlock": The punk & reggae connection weekly tribute (pt 5)

Punks & rastas found common ground in the late `70s in terms of their rebel, anti-establishment music and attitude. The "Rock Against Racism" campaigns brought together punk rock and reggae acts and delivered strong anti-racist messages.

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"I Heard It Through The Grapevine" - The Slits (Marvin Gaye cover)

"Wedlock In Dreadlock": The punk & reggae connection weekly tribute (pt 4)

"…I heard it through the bassline…"

Breaking the barriers of punk stereotypes, The Slits, frontlined the late `70s punk-reggae explosion, incorporating elements of ethnic music into their music. Their musical anti-conformism and some heavy bass sound define this Marvin Gaye cover, recorded in 1979, making it in an unforgettable timeless punk-reggae gem.

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John “Jah” Lydon in Jamaica, 1978.

"Wedlock In Dreadlock": The punk & reggae connection weekly tribute (pt 3)

Another punk musician that was really deep into reggae stuff was John Lydon, even since his "Johnny Rotten" early days with The Sex Pistols. Following their break-up, he took a three-week trip to Jamaica in 1978 with Don Letts, filmmaker/resident rastafarian DJ of The Roxy Club of Jamaican origin (in his first trip to his motherland), music journalist Vivien Goldman, photographer Dennis Morris and Virgin Records head Richard Branson, scouting for dub/reggae talents.

During his stay there and in order to avoid getting a suntan, Lydon reportedly wore a black woolen overcoat, motorbike boots and a black hat that made him look like "Lee Van Cleef", according to Don Letts, but most important, it was that trip, its vibes and the whole interaction that helped him conceive his next project, PIL

Photographed with Don Letts in photos 1,2,10, Vivien Goldman in photos 1 & 2 and local musician Big Youth in photos 3, 6, 7 & 8.

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"Bankrobber" - The Clash

"Wedlock In Dreadlock": The punk & reggae connection weekly tribute (pt 2)

The Clash were one of the first wave UK punk bands that stronly embraced reggae culture and assimilated dub and roots reggae elements into their sound. "Bankrobber" is typical of that inflluence, not released on any of their studio albums, first appearing on their compilation "Black Market Clash" and as a single in 1980.

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"Wedlock In Dreadlock": The punk & reggae connection weekly tribute (pt 1)

Punk and reggae found common ground in mid/late 70`s London in terms of music, since they both were rebel music genres with strong anti-establishment vibes. The key element that really helped reggae became the soundtrack of the first wave UK punk scene was the fact that rastafarian Don Letts, resident DJ of The Roxy Club, which at the time was London`s equivalent to New York`s CBGB`s, used to play dub and roots reggae between the punk bands` sets, since in 1976 there were not really that many punk records around, strongly influencing the punk movement in its early day…

(photo 1: punks lining up outside The Roxy in 1976, photo 2: cover of the Don Letts 2001 compilation Dread Meets Punk Rockers Uptown”)

One Hundred Nights at The Roxy

The Roxy Club was started by Andrew Czezowski as a direct response to an emerging scene that already had a new soundtrack and a new attitude, but no place to play. Andrew was aware of the buzz created by the music I was playing in the shop, so he asked me to DJ there on a regular basis, and I hesitantly took the job. It meant I was perfectly placed to witness the most exciting and inspiring period of my life. There were no UK punk records to play as none had been made yet. So in between the fast and furious punk sets I played some serious dub reggae, although I did spin some MC5, Stooges, Ramones and New York Dolls. Most of the upcoming punk bands owned the first two Dolls’ albums and many actually learned to play by listening to the Ramones’ debut album…

…There was some serious cultural exchange going on in the Roxy. I played my dub reggae sounds in between sets by The Clash, The Damned, Siouxsie and the Banshees, Buzzcocks, The Slits and Generation X and to name just a few. And for a brief moment in time there was indeed a punky reggae party. Inspired by the punk DIY ethic (and seeing the Pistols), punk bands started springing up all over the UK and the Roxy was where many got their first break. All the hardcore dub stuff I was playing was the antithesis of punk, which was speedy. I came to realise that it was really a welcome break having these dub interludes between the punk bands cause it has to be said that 70% of them were shit, real rubbish in amongst moments of genius…

…You couldn’t just be a fan, you wanted to be part of it, you wanted to get involved. Watching the Clash or the Pistols on stage was like somebody dropping a match into a box of fireworks. I already had Bob Marley, dub and roots reggae, and added the Clash and the Sex Pistols—it was like having lightning in one hand and thunder in the other...”

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neurofotoreceptoreplotyka asked:

is there a chance that some of your mixes that have expired will be back with new download links? btw your blog is first shit from tumblr recommended worth following. thank you for restoring my faith in human kind.

Of course there is, hadn`t really thought about checking if the links still work. Thanks for the heads up, I`ll fix them soon and since you seem interested, I`ll even send you a message when all is ready.

…and not to forget, thanks for your kind words, truly appreciated. Never realised The Underestimator had become one of Tumblr`s recommended blogs ;)

Tagged by thedragnet:

thedragnet:

You can tell a lot about a person by the type of music they listen to. Put your music on shuffle and write down the first 10 songs that come up. Then tag 10 people! Don’t skip any songs!

1.Barry Adamson - Under Wraps

2.Grauzone-Eisbar

3.The Dirtbombs-Underdog

4.Macabre-Be Forwarned

5.Diego Maradona-La Mano De Dios

6.Nobunny -La La La La Love You

7.Static Cling -The Brady Bunch

8.Wanda Jackson-Funnel Of Love

9.Gang Of Four-Damaged Goods

10.Ultravox! - Young Savage

Oh, now it`s all out in the open and the fact I confessed listening to Diego Maradona singing is proof enough that a) I can take the pain and tolerate totrure beyond the limits of human endurance and b) I didn`t skip any songs, as requested ;)

Now it is my turn to tag timekiller-s, bettiewho, btown138, sk8boardpizza, siouxsieramone, img-ltd, getradified, schismusic, punkybluesparty and the-tattood-lady

Tagged once more by mysteriuminiquitatis

1. What’s your name? Gus
2. When’s your birthday? December 22
3. Where are you from? Greece
4. Have a crush? I married her
5. What’s your favorite color? BLack
6. Write something in all caps: IT`S ALL TRUE
7. Favorite band/artist: Joe Strummer
8. Favorite number: 3
9. Favorite drink? Jack Daniels

10. Tag 5 people: guerrilla0perator, jimmyjampots, smirnia, brokenbonesofdatura and betteraskmymomma

I was tagged by mysteriuminiquitatis for 5 random facts about myself. Not sure how this works but here they are:

1. Since I became a dad I have zero tolerance for careless drivers and I often find myself yelling at their face.

2. My main ambition is how to raise my baby daughter to be the kickass drummer of some all-girl punk rock band.

3. Working under pressure brings out the best of me.

4. I rarely meet people who are into my stuff in real life nowadays.

5. I `d like to burn enough music to last me through a 2-month roadtrip aroun Europe.

People I want to tell 5 facts about themselves are: psychedelicatesse, realindevelopment, badmotherfuckerx, 77lizv and fuckingdadaist

The Underestimator Mixtapes: Year One!
The Underestimator`s One-Year Anniversary statistics (part 4 of 4):
Some of the finest tunes posted on this blog during its first year…
(download it as a zip file, here: http://www50.zippyshare.com/v/65894743/file.html )
01."I`m Hurting"-Thee Headcoats
02."The Drag"-Ty Segall
03."Li’l Boys Play With Dolls"-Lords Of The New Church
04."Down On The Street"-The Stooges
05."Take A Walk With The Fleshtones"- Fleshtones
06."New York City"-Wire
07."Nowhere To Run"-Pagans
08."Suspect Device"-Stiff Little Fingers
09."Rock ‘n’ Roll Face"-Penetrators
10."Sonic Reducer"-Rocket From The Tombs
11."Life Of Crime"-Weirdos
12."Bad Man"-Oblivians
13."Just Wanna Love You Girl"-Epsilons
14."She’s the One that Got It"-Tav Falco’s Panther Burns
15."Psycho"-Beasts of Bourbon
16."Pedophile" -Billy Childish
17."Hillbilly Wolf"-The Revelators
18."Over The Edge"-Dead Moon
19."For the Love of Ivy"-The Gun Club
20."Otherside"-Beatings
21."Aloha Steve & Danno"-Radio Birdman
22."The Godfather"-Satans Pilgrims
23."Roadrunner"-Modern Lovers
24."Ambition"-Subway Sect
25."Submission"-Sex Pistols
26."Action Time Vision"-ATV
27."Is Vic There?"-Department S
28."In Shreds"-The Chameleons
29."Gathering Dust"-Modern English
30."50 50"-Sad Lovers & Giants
31."Shake Dog Shake"-Cure
32."Staring At The Rude Boys"-The Ruts
33."Gary Gilmore’s Eyes"-The Adverts
34."Psycho Candy"-The Jesus and Mary Chain
35."In A Manner Of Speaking" - Tuxedomoon

Check out some more playlists posted on The Underestimator, here.

The Underestimator Mixtapes: Year One!

The Underestimator`s One-Year Anniversary statistics (part 4 of 4):

Some of the finest tunes posted on this blog during its first year…

(download it as a zip file, here: http://www50.zippyshare.com/v/65894743/file.html )

01."I`m Hurting"-Thee Headcoats

02."The Drag"-Ty Segall

03."Li’l Boys Play With Dolls"-Lords Of The New Church

04."Down On The Street"-The Stooges

05."Take A Walk With The Fleshtones"- Fleshtones

06."New York City"-Wire

07."Nowhere To Run"-Pagans

08."Suspect Device"-Stiff Little Fingers

09."Rock ‘n’ Roll Face"-Penetrators

10."Sonic Reducer"-Rocket From The Tombs

11."Life Of Crime"-Weirdos

12."Bad Man"-Oblivians

13."Just Wanna Love You Girl"-Epsilons

14."She’s the One that Got It"-Tav Falco’s Panther Burns

15."Psycho"-Beasts of Bourbon

16."Pedophile" -Billy Childish

17."Hillbilly Wolf"-The Revelators

18."Over The Edge"-Dead Moon

19."For the Love of Ivy"-The Gun Club

20."Otherside"-Beatings

21."Aloha Steve & Danno"-Radio Birdman

22."The Godfather"-Satans Pilgrims

23."Roadrunner"-Modern Lovers

24."Ambition"-Subway Sect

25."Submission"-Sex Pistols

26."Action Time Vision"-ATV

27."Is Vic There?"-Department S

28."In Shreds"-The Chameleons

29."Gathering Dust"-Modern English

30."50 50"-Sad Lovers & Giants

31."Shake Dog Shake"-Cure

32."Staring At The Rude Boys"-The Ruts

33."Gary Gilmore’s Eyes"-The Adverts

34."Psycho Candy"-The Jesus and Mary Chain

35."In A Manner Of Speaking" - Tuxedomoon

Check out some more playlists posted on The Underestimator, here.