Prince Buster – Madness (1964)

“Prince Buster initially began composing this haunting classic while on his first tour of Britain back in 1964. Three years later, he would complete it, turning the song into a rocksteady classic. It’s unusual lyrical format — a letter to a friend — was borrowed from the literary world, and this was a favored writing device of Jamaican poets. However, Buster gives it all a twist, because he’s not writing to the living, but to the dead, enquiring after departed friends and acquaintances, and sending messages to his many late mates. It’s all set to an appropriately atmospheric melody, with Lee Perry providing the ghostly backing vocal and the interjected ‘ah, duppies’ (ghosts).”
YouTube: Madness, Ghost Dance


One Response to “Prince Buster – Madness (1964)”

  1. Genius from Prince Buster. Love your site!

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