Fu Manchu – Desmond Dekker and The Aces (1968)

“This extraordinary 1968 single never received a proper release, at least in Jamaica, although in the UK the Pyramid label ensconced it on the b-side of Desmond Dekker’s cover of ‘To Sir with Love’, which itself became a major club hit. Regardless, ‘Fu Manchu’ is amazing on multiple levels, not least for Dekker’s superb performance, which unusually finds him soaring into falsetto, alongside the always sublime Aces harmonies. Of equal note is the song’s conscious lyrics, which derides those who boast about their jobs and high paid salaries, with Dekker chiding, ‘it’s not what you earn that make you a man, but what you keep that make you a man.'”
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