Bad Brains’ The Youth Are Getting Restless Reissue Coming In January

The legendary punk band Bad Brains’ The Youth Are Getting Restless live album will be reissued. The album is recorded from a 1987 show at the Paradiso Theater in Amsterdam during their I Against I tour. It is the sixth reissue for the group and it coincides with the relaunching of their Bad Brains Record label. The 1990 album was recorded during the band’s critical and commercial ascendance and it has reggae and funk in addition to their pioneering punk roots. Longtime bass player for the band Daryl Jenifer had this to say about the reissues:

“Hey what’s up Bad Brains family – Darryl Jenifer here. I’m proud to announce to you the blessings and return of all Bad Brains master rights / recordings to Bad Brains and out of Babylonian captivity. These rights and other items include master reels, recently discovered photos, and etc. Thanks to JAH and all involved in this glorious feat. Stay tuned for the “re-everything” involved in all of our NINE studio albums and more. Big UP to Org Music for their faith, hard work, and dedication to BAD BRAINS RECORDS WE GOT THAT PMA 2020 and beyond.”

Bad Brains has long been recognized as the first Black hardcore rock band influencing everyone from Fishbone, Living Colour, The Beastie Boys to Rage Against The Machine. The move from their native Washington D.C. to New York in 1980 kickstarted the city’s hardcore scene in gear which was accomplished by their constant gigs at CBGB’s. The lineup has changed throughout the years but today the group is comprised of Jenifer, H.R. and Dr. Know. The Youth Are Getting Restless officially drops on January 18, 2023, and it is available for pre-order in vinyl and CD form. 


Throwback: Shaggy-It Wasn’t Me

Shaggy’s “It Wasn’t Me” was a funny and catchy take on cheaters that broke his reggae-based sound into the world of pop. Eddie Murphy’s Raw comedy special had a piece about boyfriends telling their girlfriends when asked about infidelity to simply reply, “It Wasn’t Me” and this bit inspired Shaggy’s song. Featured vocalist, RikRok asked Shaggy for advice when confronted by his girlfriend about cheating and that’s when Shaggy tells him to rely on Murphy’s phrase. The hilarious back-and-forth between RikRok and Shaggy made for an entertaining and unforgettable video. Shaggy had his first number-one hit with “It Wasn’t Me” in the United States, the UK and Australia. The subject matter and lighthearted intersection of reggae and pop were undeniable to the masses. The liftoff of “It Wasn’t Me” almost didn’t happen as MCA Records refused to promote and market any of the songs from the album. Hawaiian DJ Pablo Soto downloaded the song from a Napster-like service and started playing it on his radio show. Listeners responded by calling in and asking the name of the artist requesting to hear the song multiple times a day. The record company found out about the song’s popularity on the island and decided to take credit for its success. “It Wasn’t Me” kept growing organically and made the world recognize dancehall and opened doors for artists like Sean Paul. 

Shaggy’s Hot Shot album was a smash and became the best-selling full-length release of 2001 in Canada and went platinum six times in the United States. Since its debut in 2000, “It Wasn’t Me” developed its legend as the “Shaggy Defense” for anyone who denies a crime they obviously committed thanks to Slate writer Josh Levin who used it to describe R. Kelly’s 2008 child porn trial. In 2022, Shaggy competed on the seventh season of The Masked Singer, received an honorary doctorate from Brown University and released an album of Frank Sinatra covers called Come Fly With Me


Throwback: Grace Jones-Nipple To The Bottle

Grace Jones’s sixth studio album Living My Life had “Nipple To The Bottle” as its lead single. The reggae and funk-flavored dance track was another collaboration between Jones and rhythm master Sly Dunbar. Jones’s scorn for her immature lover Jean Paul-Goude lit up dance floors and did well on the R&B and dance charts. Goude, who was also her collaborator, photographed the cover with Rob ‘O Connor and the picture became another iconic image for Jones. The singer, model and actress performed “Nipple To The Bottle” in Julien Temple’s 1983 film Its All True. Living My Life did well and became popular again in the ’90s when LL Cool J sampled “My Jamaican Guy” for his ’95 single “Doin It.” On June 10 until June 19th, 2022 Jones will curate the 27th Meltdown Festival in the UK. 


Throwback: Bob Marley And The Wailers-Is This Love

Bob Marley and the Wailer’s 10th studio album Kaya was recorded at the same time as the music for Exodus released the previous year. Both albums were created during Marley’s two-year exile in England after he, his wife and manager were shot at his Jamaican home.  The warmth and easier accessibility of “Is This Love” reflected the album’s mood which some fans believed was not political enough. Those songs about love and marijuana were not as fiery as some of their past work but the album was released at the same time as the One Love Peace Concert in Jamaica. Marley returned to perform at the concert that was held to bring calm in the midst of two political parties at war. “Is This Love” was a top ten hit in the UK and became a timeless song in Marley’s catalog. A seven-year-old Naomi Campbell appeared in the video that was filmed in London. A live version of “Is This Love” is on the 1978 Babylon By Bus album and the famous 1984 compilation Legend. Corinne Railey Bae won a Grammy for her cover of the song on her Love EP, Rihanna and Carly Simon also have performed and recorded the Marley classic. 

The Mystic Of A Queen  exhibit opened at the Bob Marley Museum in Jamaica this month on Marley’s 77th birthday. Rita Marley, his widow, is the subject of the installation that celebrates her life as a cultural leader, matriarch, philanthropist, businesswoman and artist.