What’s your Favourite Neggae compilation album?
I’m going to go against the grain here and go with one from last year, ‘Now that’s what I call Reggae’. It’s basically got all the Neggae bangers on it but also some classic reggae as well which has the advantages of;
- Bringing in the older heads and exposing them to the force of neggae, as evidenced by my girlfriend’s dad going out and buying a copy, he’s 60.
- Including a few NWON (New wave of Neggae) artists such as Kevin Lyttle, Sean Kingston and Wayne Wonder which will attract people who were too young for the original Neggae phenomenon and help them appreciate the roots of Neggae.
I would however question the inclusion of ‘Don’t worry, be happy’ on it, I can only assume they used this wrongly tagged youtube video when conducting their research.
And you favourite other 90s music movement?
I can’t decide between 2 so I’m going to cheat.
My first pick is the R&B explosion, so many great artists (Aalyiah, SWV, Ultimate Kaos, Cleopatra etc), ridiculously expensive videos, this being the apex, Hype Williams dressing everyone up in plastic tracksuits and Timberland shaping the sound of a movement which culminated with this in 2000 and laid down the foundations for Timberlake et al.
The other is French Disco/House, it’s basically a Carribean holiday for your eardrums, if this doesn’t cheer you up you’re a lost cause.
Combine these 2 movements with Neggae and you basically have the soundtrack to me sitting about watching MTV whilst caned for 5 years.
Favourite Neggae Banger… GO!
‘Murder She Wrote’ by Chaka Demus and Pliers, tried to give it 11 but Stalin Synan wouldn’t allow it.
And who’s the Neggae villain?
I’m thinking everyone’s going to say Shabba here so I’m going to plump for Maxi Priest, the bloke’s so dull, he’s the Val Doonican of Neggae.
What’s you Neggae Guilty pleasure?
Sting and Pato Banton with ‘Cowboy song’, terrible song but any top of the pops performance that gets Jimmy Nail up as a guest vocalist in front of plastic cacti gets a thumbs up from me.
Where were you the day the Neggae died?
I remember it distinctly, May 1996, my 20th birthday. After an afternoon of aromatherapy in my luxury villa (garage) I ventured to the Claremont with some friends to take advantage of their ‘Long, Hot, Summer Doubles’ promotion. As the first turbo um bongo (Archers and orange juice) passed my lips a seismic event occurred, ‘Mysterious Girl’ appeared on the Video Jukebox. The pub stopped dead and the sound of reebok classics being ruined by dropped pints of Stella was deafening. It did bring out the blitz spirit as everyone ordered in the Malibus and had a sing song round the piano of everything from UB40 to Ace of Bass. This event was the final death throe as Britpop soon became the music of choice for Mr Q’s pubs.
Finally, some word association. Say the first five words that comes into your mind when you think of the other four Neggae elders.
Jamie – Harshest Neggae reviewer, loves Shabba
Jonny – Corporate behemoth who’s always late
Norm – Spreading neggae gospel in America
Vince – loves sceggae and big mountain