Pass the Dutchie on the left hand side

By doing this blog I am taking a few risks. Firstly I will be giving away my age, secondly I am taking the risk to destroy all my Rock N Roll credibility.

But yes, I did like the debut album of Musical Youth. titled “The youth of Today”.

They were talking about reggae on RTE 1 this morning, even though they didn’t mention Musical Youth it did bring back my memories of buying that album. It is just so hard to believe that it is 40 years old this year.

In 1982, I had already pledged allegiance to Rock, thanks to Joan Jett, who told me that she was very fond of Rock N Roll, indeed she loved it.

However I did figure that every once in a while I could stray from that path called Rock, and that highway called Heavy Metal.

So when I went into my local record store that summer of 1982, after heaving heard that Dutch people should be passed on the left hand side, I was curious to find out the reasons behind that. Why did these young Jamaican English chap want people to pass the Dutchie on the left hand side. When the lady behind the counter put on the album for me, and handed me the album cover, I was pleasantly there was a story board included with in the inner sleeve, It was in the form of a comic strip. A snippet of that is at the top if this blog.

This also reminded me, that this is something you will ever get by downloading or streaming music. You see creating an album is not just about the music but also the design and so many album covers are really pieces of art.

Well I can’t leave without the boys of Musical Youth telling you all, to pass the Dutchie on the left hand side.

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