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Count Skylarkin and Harvey K-Tel - Dub of a Preacherman

As far as I’m concerned, Dusty Springfield’s Son of a Preacher Man is one of the greatest records ever made. There no point in anyone doing a straightforward cover of Son of a Preacher Man as it is bound to sound rubbish compared to Dusty’s version. Instead, you have to follow the example of this week’s Saturday Morning Skank Spot and have a really good play around with it. I like this dubbed-up Preacherman a lot but I don’t get to play it much as JaneR finds it very annoying.

Played 39 times

Jstar - Royal Busy Zion

I’ve decided to end my possibly ill-considered Leicester-themed run of the Saturday Morning Skank Spot and open it once again to all-comers. It was just taking too much time out of my hectic schedule (I sometimes go to work for as many as three days a week, you know) to find suitable Leicester-based stuff and I can no longer be bothered to do it. Instead, here’s another mash-up from Jstar, who previously put together the brilliant Unbreak My Dub. This time he’s created a Royals dub mix, which combines the Zion I Kings' version (which put a reggae backing to Lorde's vocals) with Busy Signal's 'refix' of the song. 

Played 39 times

The Stiff Naked Fools - Rocket Man

Today’s Leicester-themed Saturday Morning Skank Spot has nothing to do with the Elton John track of the same name. It sounds like it was recorded in Kingston, Jamaica circa 1973 but it was actually recorded a couple of years ago in Leicester by a bunch of local lads. The band has since split up but some of them are now in The Paradimes.

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Laurel Aitken - Baba Kill Me Goat

The Leicester-themed run of the Saturday Morning Skank Spot continues with this catchy mento classic from 1957. Laurel Aitken, the “Godfather of Ska”, settled in Leicester with his wife in 1970 and remained there until he passed away in 2005. He lived in a modest residence in the St Marks council estate, which is now marked with a blue plaque.

Played 39 times

Vibronics meets the Dub Factory - It’s a Crime

Leicester reggae collective Vibronics bring some digital dub to the Saturday Morning Skank Spot. This may be the start of a run of Leicester-based acts on this popular feature.

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Early B - Sunday Dish

The Saturday Morning Skank Spot today features Early B, who earned his nickname (an abbreviation of Early Bird) because of his habit of turning up early for gigs. You might assume that a track called Sunday Dish is about having sex with an attractive woman on the Sabbath, but you’d be wrong. Although culinary references in popular music are usually a euphemism for sexual activity, this seems to be a genuine and heartfelt tribute to Jamaican cuisine.

Sadly, Early B was one of far too many reggae artists who came to a violently premature end. In 1994 he was shot dead in the deceptively posh-sounding Windsor Cricket Club in Dorchester, Massachusetts.

Played 119 times

Jstar - Unbreak My Dub

This track mixes Toni Braxton’s Unbreak My Heart with a bunch of reggae ‘riddims’ (as we call them in Clarendon Park). It’s one of those rare things, a mash-up that works brilliantly. I think it’s a great way to kick off a new run of the Saturday Morning Skank Spot.

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The Skatalites - Fugitive Dub

Today’s Saturday Morning Skank Spot features a track from what is believed to be the only dub album to have that genre’s characteristic deep bass notes provided by an acoustic double bass. The Skatalites are best known as a 1960s ska band but when they re-formed in 1975 they took their sound in a very different direction. You can find out more about these recording sessions on the excellent Legendary Skatalites in Dub blog.

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The Upsetters - V/S Panta Rock

A bit of heavy Lee Perry dub on the Saturday Morning Skank Spot.

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Mungo’s Hi-Fi feat. Soom T - Bong Bong

Last year, Sister Nancy’s Bam Bam found itself featured on the Saturday Morning Skank Spot. That track has here been re-worked into a tribute to a popular type of water pipe and features vocals by the Glaswegian MC Soom T, who is possibly the first female Scottish/Punjabi artist to appear on the Skank Spot.