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OLDIES SUNDAY: Home T, Cocoa Tea, Shabba Ranks – Pirates’ Anthem (1988)


This one is dedicated to those who strive to get the music out there by any means, legally or illegally. Today’s Oldies Sunday selection comes from Home T, Cocoa Tea, and Shabba Ranks titled, “Pirates’ Anthem“.

Produced by Augustus “Gussie” Clarke, “Pirates’ Anthem” was released through Music Works Records and Anchor Records in 1988. On the track, Home T, Cocoa Tea, and Shabba Ranks team up for a dedication to all those who build pirated Radio Stations to play the songs that need to be played. While Radio Stations around the world have a set list of songs for airplay, Pirated stations bypass that by having the freedom to play any song in all its glory without worry about editing, and certain regulations. The only problems Pirate Radio may face are getting shut down, and possible incrimination. Regardless, they all return to play what the people want to hear. Pirate Radio has gained massive popularity through the decades, and new ones are being made often. Home T, Cocoa Tea, and Shabba Ranks display great chemistry on the track, and “Pirates’ Anthem” became a hit for them. The single was featured on the 1989 album, “Holding On“, which was released through Greensleeves Records. “Pirates’ Anthem” was given the sample treatment a few times, and some include Hannibal Lecter’sJust Because We Play“, 2Pac’sViolent“, and Shenseea’sRun Run” which was produced by Stephen “Di Genius” McGregor.

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OLDIES SUNDAY: Deborahe Glasgow – Don’t Test Me (1989)


In recognition of March being “Women’s History Month“, Oldies Sunday will be highlighting a few women who have made their contribution to the Jamaican music landscape in the early years. Today’s selection comes from the late English born Lovers Rock/Reggae Artist Deborahe Glasgow who, despite a short music career, developed a following, and contributed to a few classic tunes. We check out her 1989 single, “Don’t Test Me“. Produced by Augustus “Gussie” Clarke, this single was featured on her 1989 self titled debut album. It was also released as a single and a duet version with Dancehall Artist Shabba Ranks in 1990. With lyrics about not being a pushover and being confident in one’s self, the single was a rather motivating one back in the day. It got bigger with the addition of Shabba’s contribution, and was sampled by the late Notorious B.I.G. on Hip Hop group Junior M.A.F.I.A.’s remix to their “Get Money” single in 1995.

Having started her career in her teens, she stepped out of the scene to devote more time to her family. Sadly she passed away in 1994, but is still remembered for her contributions to Lovers Rock, Reggae, and Dancehall.

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