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Old 14th July 2009, 02:19 AM
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I initially posted this on the discussion board a few minutes ago, but I think that board has been so full of pointless and personal stuff detracting from the band, that I think it's best on this board.....leave the discussion board for positive discussions, I say.

Besides that, it's not nice to listen to, as you'll hear.

I'm not sure if this has been posted before but here goes....This is a snippet of a press conference given by the singer Eek a Mouse a month ago. Whether the band or anyone else here is aware I dunno-

Bearing in mind that Eek a Mouse once appeared in a UB video.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=8gz2-SHGlYs

I feel very sad about this.
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Old 14th July 2009, 02:23 AM
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I should have read your post first, rather than see Eek a mouse and a link, clicked on the link.

I certainly wasn't expecting an outburst like that.
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Old 14th July 2009, 02:36 AM
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I think it's from 2008 actually but I've just seen it on The Specials' forum.
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hmmmz "what a dick" springs to mind.



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Old 14th July 2009, 09:10 AM
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I'll have to check this out from home....curious...

bOi...the key...........

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I'll have to check this out from home....curious...

bOi...the key...........

Yellow Man and Eek-A-Mouse
dem a trod 'pon newer groun'
when you do, those lyrics will take on an even greater irony, rest assured.
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I'll have to check this out from home....curious...

bOi...the key...........

Yellow Man and Eek-A-Mouse
dem a trod 'pon newer groun'
when you do, those lyrics will take on an even greater irony, rest assured.
was thinkin' it would, without even seeing it yet!...

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Old 14th July 2009, 01:22 PM
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(Cut and pasted from The Specials' forum- didn't want to give it away before you'd seen the clip, oldbOi, but I'm sure you'll have a fair hunch what it's all about...):


Now then...

If a white classical musician switched on the Proms over the past 20 years to find that all the orchestra members/opera singers were black, had dreadlocks and wore West African fabrics, I might understand them going "Hang about, what's going on here then?"

The reggae scene has hardly reached that stage and is still predominantly black, yet is more multi racial than ever. And this multi racial trend will continue because black young people are developing their own music and not gravitating towards reggae.

Eeka Mouse always managed to maintain a following, with a good number of white fans in his mixed audience. As gaffes go, I think it's right up there with some of the worst.

At the same time, it'd be naive to think that these sentiments haven't been expressed before. I read David Hinds of Steel Pulse say something similar, but in a more measured way. I think it's the WAY Eek A Mouse puts it across that took me aback.

His dissing of Bob Marley is disgusting, not to mention pretty bizarre! I've only rarely encountered people who attribute Bob's success to his colour rather than his music- have you ever heard anything so f*cked up? And UB40 fans who remember a song called 'The Key' from 1982 will know that Eeka Mouse was bigged up in its lyrics.

And as for the idea that the system doesn't want black people to run reggae?

In the 1960s and 1970s there were lots of independent labels, studios and record shops, both in Jamaica itself and in the uk- and probably other places like Canada and the US where there were Caribbean communities. With a few exceptions, most of the people who ran the industry were black

The stories of Jamaican producers ripping off Jamaican artists are numerous, so much so that it's a central theme of the two greatest films on reggae, 'The Harder They Come' and 'Rockers'. I once heard Dave Barker say that he and Ansel Collins received little and nothing for Double Barrel (number one on the uk, top thirty in the us). I'm not saying that people such as Harry J and Sir Coxsone became Richard Bransons but they didn't do too badly out of it either.

In the uk, reggae records used to sell a lot in the 70s heyday. The thing was that the record shops weren't on the official UK chart register, otherwise there'd have been many more reggae tracks in the mainstream charts.

All in all, it comes across in the same way as a BNP guy who says "they're taking our jobs". Nothing else to say really, except I personally went off Eek A Mouse's stuff long before, when he started doing novelties like 'The Lion Sleeps Tonight'
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excuse my english...what did he say ??
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