When the cold steel, hit the warm pulse... Steel Pulse!
I had never really paid attention to any other reggae artists except the man that everyone knows. Then one day while driving back to her house, my auntie puts this cassette in her car tape player. The cover was laying right there on the center console so I picked it up and it said, Steel Pulse- True Democracy and there on the cover where a group of ordinary looking, if not kind of funny looking Rastafarians sitting or posing for the album cover. It's a group of them sitting down looking like they are listening to one dude with the craziest looking dreads in my life read the bible. I kind of laughed to myself and my aunt kinda chuckled with me. Then the music started playing. Some horns blast out of nowhere. A bass guitar strikes a few notes and then some kind of percussion instrument along the lines of a chime rings out in a high tone and echoes and just lingers in the air for a bit. Then the rhythm kicks in and they start to pick it up. I sat there for a second listening to the melody and it started to grab me almost instantly. Such precision. Such a crisp blending of sounds. Super clean and full of soul. All of a sudden Mr. Hinds started singing and the first words out of his mouth are, Rejoice, good tidings I bring you... then so on and so forth. But anyway I was into it. It got me hook line and sink. First off, the bass was super prominent. I like that. The melodies were intricate and pure. Real original shit, man. Like dem say, I felt irie. For sure. But the part that grabbed me the most was the lyrics and what he sung about. All biblical beautiful words like Mr. Marley would do. Real deep prophetic meanings that stirred my soul. "Woe betide for the wicked disciples of Lucifer". WHen he said that I got goosebumps and felt so proud to be a child of light. Thats right. And then to have this deep mystical sounding driving music behind the message really got me going. I was into it. So I asked her to play me another good one after it was over and she ended up playing me Rollerskates. Wow, no heavenly lyrics here but wow, what song anyways. Streety and hip and real pop sounding. I liked it too. I was probably about 16 years old when I heard them songs and after I departed from her presence I went about my life and forgot about Reggae music for a number of years due to my love and devotion to rock music, namely Elton John and the Rolling Stones and artists like that. It wasn't until I started listening to Bob Marley really heavily again that I got back into Steel Pulse. I was listening extensively to the Wailers and Marley and when I had just about exhausted the playlists of the said artists I remembered about Steel Pulse. So I went on limewire and started downloading anything I could find by them guys. Let me tell you. I kind of got more into them then Marley. I even felt kind of guilty. Now they are English in origin so to me I think they produce a much cleaner sound. Now some might argue that they arent as Jamaican as the Wailers but if you listen to Reggae Fever you can definitely appreciate the scope of their understanding of what reggae really is. Lyrics like Reggae big, Reggae little, Reggae tallawah! For those who don't know, tallawah means sturdy; strong; not to be underestimated; or stubborn; wont go away. That's right suckers. Reggae music is driving me crazy, what about you?
Thanx Steel Pulse,
Saul Anthony Perez.
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