Top 10 Favorite Reggae Songs #9 - "Roller Skates"

@teamfreak16 (41998)
Denver, Colorado
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.)
Smash Hits ©1993 Elektra Entertainment
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@Ronrybs (7905)
• London, England
29 Apr 16
Another one I missed!
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@teamfreak16 (41998)
• Denver, Colorado
29 Apr 16
I found no evidence that it was any sort of hit, so you'd pretty much have had to own the Earth Crisis or Smash Hits (if it wasn't a hit, why is it on a compilation called Smash Hits?) albums.
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@Ronrybs (7905)
• London, England
29 Apr 16
@teamfreak16 Over here Smash Hits was a music magazine, which I think printed the lyrics of pop songs!
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28 Apr 16
Love their music
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@teamfreak16 (41998)
• Denver, Colorado
28 Apr 16
Me too. I always thought they were one of the better second generation reggae bands.
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@JohnRoberts (64832)
• Los Angeles, California
28 Apr 16
Steel Pulse is a major well known band. Been around forever.
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@teamfreak16 (41998)
• Denver, Colorado
28 Apr 16
Yep. And they're still at it. They are a great live band. I saw them at Red Rocks and again at a Reggae Sunsplash tour in Breckenridge.
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