Top 10 Favorite Reggae Songs #9 - "Roller Skates"
April 28, 2016 7:39am CST
#9 in my Top 10 Favorite Reggae Songs series comes to us not from Jamaica, but from England. Led by vocalist/guitarist David Hinds, Steel Pulse are a politically-charged, Grammy-winning roots reggae band. Their excellent 1984 album, Earth Crisis, featured the band's usual political fare, but it also included a little gem called "Roller Skates." The highly-polished "Roller Skates" casts the protest songs aside to tell the story of a roller skater who hangs out on the corner with his boom box. When his precious radio is stolen by a man "smoking a big, fat cigar in a flashy car," Roller Skates takes off in hot pursuit. Because I am obsessed with music, one lyric in particular stands out: "Life without music, I can't cope." Hinds tells a fun story on "Roller Skates," and the song is one of the most catchy reggae tunes I've heard in all my years as a reggae fan. Thanks to @JohnRoberts for starting the Top 10 craze here on MyLot. (Note: there will be no Bob Marley in this series, as I want to focus on other deserving bands.)
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