RockSteady Highschool Dance

As a popular musical style, rocksteady was short-lived; its heyday only lasted about two years, from 1966 until spring 1968. Around this time, young people from the Jamaican countryside were flooding into the urban ghettos of Kingston — in neighborhoods such as Riverton City, Greenwich Town and Trenchtown. Though much of the country was optimistic in the immediate post-independence climate, these poverty-stricken youths did not share this sentiment. Many of them became delinquents who exuded a certain coolness and style. These unruly youths became known as rude boys (so Wikipedia says).

Now follow me into the night and enjoy Switch Docta´s RockSteady Highschool Dance. Please note: all trax are taken from vinyl.

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So, here´s the playlist:

  1. Freddy McKey - High School Dance 02:18
  2. Monty Morris - Put on your best dress 02:32
  3. the Paragons - Wear you the ball 02:38
  4. U-Roy - Wear you to the balls 02:31
  5. Clency Eccles Allstars - C.N. Express 02:24
  6. Byron Lees Allstars - CC Riders 03:07
  7. Marshall Williams - Norwegian wood 02:12
  8. Dobby Dobson - Carry that weight 02:43
  9. Dobby Dobson - More weight 02:33
  10. the Conquerers - I fall in love 02:21
  11. Junior Byles - Mumbling and grumbling 03:15
  12. Duke Reid - The Rudeboy 02:53
  13. Alton Ellis - Big bad boy 04:55
  14. the Jamaicans - Things you say you love 02:40
  15. U-Roy - Things you love 02:36
  16. the Paragons feat. John Holt - The tide is high 02:37
  17. Derrick Morgan - Got you on my mind 02:57
  18. Scotty - Sing along 03:07
  19. John and Joya – I`ll be lonely 02:10
  20. Ken Boothe - Crying over you 03:21
  21. Keith and Tex - Stop that train 02:45
  22. the Chrytalites - Stop that man 02:35
  23. Derrick Morgan - Tears on my pillow 02:44

Artwork and Selektion by Switch Docta. Made at Electric Lion´s Den. Berlin-Kreuzberg. Germany. June 2011.

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