Prince Buster – Hard Man Fe Dead (1966)

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“A tribute to the tough guy, ‘Hard Man Fe Dead’ was one of a number of singles that Prince Buster released in 1966 aimed directly at the rising tide of rude boys. And few songs, by Buster or any other artist, better summed up the rudie attitude than this. Apparently indestructible, no matter how many times he’s knocked down, even on his way to the cemetery, the hard man comes back to life. If the lyrics were sure to meet the approval of the rudies, the music was equally made to please. Proto-rocksteady, the tempo had slowed noticeably from ska, but still maintained a jumped-up feel; the backing harmonies too transformed genres, while the horns gave the hard man a New Orleans send-off. The single was an immediate hit, and quickly became a classic. Decades later, the U.S. ska band the Toasters would cover the song and title their 1996 album after it.”
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“You pick him up, you lick him down
Him bounce right back
What a hard man fe dead (Hard man fe dead)
You pick him up, you lick him down
Him bounce right back
What a hard man fe dead (Hard man fe dead)”
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