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.

Bob Marley

What can one say about Bob Marley? So much and also very little. So much can be said about the legend that is Bob Marley but on the other hand so little I can say that will add value to the story of Robert Nesta Marley.

I will just quote the great man himself on the 40th anniversary of his death. Rest in Peace.

“In this great future, you can’t forget your past”

“Better to die fighting for freedom than be a prisoner all the days of your life.”

“Don’t trust people whose feelings change with time. Trust people whose feelings remain the same, even when the time changes.”

“One good thing about music, when it hits you, you feel no pain”

“The greatness of a man is not in how much wealth he acquires, but in his integrity and his ability to affect those around him positively.”

“I don’t stand for the black man’s side, I don’ t stand for the white man’s side. I stand for God’s side.”

“If something can corrupt you, you’re corrupted already.”

“You not supposed to feel down over whatever happen to you. I mean, you’re supposed to use whatever happen to you as some type of upper, not a downer.”

“Free speech carries with some freedom to listen”

“If you’re white and you’re wrong, then you’re wrong; if you’re black and you’re wrong, you’re wrong. People are people. Black, blue, pink, green – God make no rules about color; only society make rules where my people suffer, and that why we must have redemption and redemption now.”