Hearing Dubversion’s dancehall xmas tune reminded me that I should have brought this little beauty along. An obscure gem from the mid 80s – “dour” fails to do it justice.
A little research on the all-new retina-destroying Blood & Fire board shows that very few people know anything about this – with hardcore soundmen like Russ D and The Rootsman being the only ones so far able to help me with my quest*. Apparently Metrosound was the label of Peter Metro and they did a few tunes, including an album by the bizarrely named “Sword of Jah Mouth”.
This is one of those tunes which would be better if it didn’t have “Christmas” in the title so you could play it all year round (because obviously Slade wishing it was xmas “everyday” is hellish, though I suppose it would guarantee them gargantuan royalties).
Tough rootical business with minor chordage fitting firmly into the Shaka vibe.
“Christmas is a Rich Man’s Treat
While it is a Poor Man’s Dream […]”
“Christmas is a comfort to the Rich Man
But no food on the table in the ghetto […]”
“Christmas is a promise that never come”
It’s about as far from Christmas cheer as you can get really. I mean you’re allowed a bit of thinking about the poor in your festive tunes, but not this little lot:
“Children pulling bottles from rubbish heaps”
“[…] Bellies Slit”
Fair made me lose interest in my mince pies!
* (i.e. “Look at me! I’ve got a record which is really rare! That means I’m either as cool as the people I mention above, or I’m just a buffoon who struck it really lucky one day in a 2nd hand furniture shop!”)