Sunday, 13 September 2020
Another legend gone, Toots Hibbert died yesterday aged 77 in hospital in Kingston, Jamaica, another musical figure taken this year and another lost to Covid. Toots And The Maytals have a back catalogue filled with great songs and top skanks- Pressure Drop, Monkey Man, 54- 46 (That's My Number), Sweet And Dandy, Funky Kingston and this one...
Reggae Got Soul
Toots And The Maytals were central to the dispersal of music from Jamaica to the world, the first to use the word reggae on record (1968's Do The Reggay), and Toots was regularly touring and performing until recent years. Toots' music is upbeat, party music, tailor made for festival crowds and youth clubs, ska tribute bands in the car parks of pubs and jukeboxes. His voice and music have in lots of ways, always been there.
R.I.P. Toots Hibbert.
Pressure Drop was on the soundtrack of The Harder They Come, a record that did so much to popularise reggae, rocksteady and ska in the UK in the 1970s. The Clash were huge fans and their cover of Pressure Drop, the B-side to their 1978 English Civil War single, is one of their great rock- reggae moments. Joe sometimes called their covers trash reggae but this is an exhilarating, heartfelt rush through the song and more than stands up.