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egregious '80's music: pass the dutchie (musical youth)
Nov 4th, 2009 by wrekehavoc

how do you feel when you got no herb?

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mon, i like me my reggae as much as the next gal, but seriously? give this song by the mighty diamonds a listen and you tell me…

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the song, originally pass the kouchie (slang for bong), was sanitized for these british-jamaican schoolboys and converted into a song about a dutchie (cooking pot.) Loaded with political overtones (how do you feel when you got no food?), the song shot to number one here and all over the place.

Something about the song drove me nuts when it came out. Was it the mind-numbing chorus that echoed through my brain on constant repeat? Was it the fact that boys were singing a song that really, really was about drug use, nudge-nudge, wink-wink, for someone else’s commercial success? Was it the fact that a piece of the melody sounded a little like a carpenter’s song i loathed, top of the world? or was it the fact that half the time, i could not figure out what the hell the little dude was saying?

who knows. but the song has not improved with age, at least not for me.

enjoy the earworm.


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