The Stranglers & Steel Pulse different views on the late `70s Punk Reggae explosion
"Wedlock In Dreadlock": The punk & reggae connection weekly tribute (pt 11)
Not everything was "black and white" concerning the mid/late `70s punk and reggae fusion. The Stranglers, for example, had their share of reggae influences, some obvious in songs like "Peaches" or "Nice `N Sleazy" and played with protest-minded roots reggae Steel Pulse but refused to take part in "Rock Against Racism" gigs and Hugh Cornwell explained The Stranglers different point of view, suggesting that RAR actually divided communities, creating separatism in the scene:
"…We weren`t going to jump on any political band-wagon…We refused to do RAR. We went on tour with the reggae band Steel Pulse who played with a strong political message… They were getting bootles thrown at them and all types of abuse from the white Stranglers audience-our audience and they didn`t know what to do. We were so embarrassed that we walked on stage and apologized. Jet made a speech: These are our friends and if you don`t have the intelligence to respect their 45 minute set then you have no respect for us. If you have a problem we will be waiting by the side for you. Silence. And everybody listened to the set… That said more about RAR bullshit. I think RAR created more division than not…”
Steel Pulse, on the other hand, were criticised, by British reggae acts who didn`t want to be associated with the punk rock scene days, of selling out, as co-founder and front man David Hinds remembers:
"…They didn’t want to have anything to do with that racket… to be honest, if the punk rock movement had not happened in England there would be no Steel Pulse - or any [British] reggae. Because it was on the backs of the punk rockers that reggae got its foot in the door.
Reggae, rasta, roots, repatriation, and riots against police brutality. So it was all about anarchy and the punks had their version of anarchy… And back then they said to themselves: ‘Hang on, here’s another style of music that’s about anarchy, so lets join them’. And that’s how reggae got on board….”
Investigators told reporters that Cmdr. Glenn Evans, who commanded South Side’s Grand Crossing patrol district, had gone out on duty with two officers the night of Jan. 30. The officers reported seeing 24-year-old Rickey J. Williams with a handgun, who ran when approached by Evans. The cops chased him to an abandoned building and booked him for reckless conduct after failing to find the weapon. The charges were later dropped.
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Michael Brown Sr. yells out as the casket is lowered into the ground during the funeral for his son Michael Brown at St. Peters Cemetery on August 25, 2014 in St. Louis Missouri. Michael Brown, an 18 year-old unarmed teenager, was shot and killed by Ferguson Police Officer Darren Wilson in the nearby town of Ferguson, Missouri on August 9.