"Bankrobber" - The Clash

"Wedlock In Dreadlock": The punk & reggae connection weekly tribute (pt 2)

The Clash were one of the first wave UK punk bands that stronly embraced reggae culture and assimilated dub and roots reggae elements into their sound. "Bankrobber" is typical of that inflluence, not released on any of their studio albums, first appearing on their compilation "Black Market Clash" and as a single in 1980.

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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….”


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"Eraserhead", David Lynch`s surreal debut film (1977).

“…Mrs. X: There’s a baby. It’s at the hospital.

Mary X: Mom!

Mrs. X: And you’re the father.

Henry Spencer: Well, well that’s impossible! It’s only been…

Mary X: Mother, they’re still not sure it is a baby!…”

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