Nora Dean – Barbwire (1970)

“In 1967, The Techniques had lamented to their beloved ‘You Don’t Care’ across one of their biggest hits. Maybe their girl didn’t care, but Nora Dean certainly did. She met a boy the other day and he was just full of surprises, as she innocently explains to her mother. This wasn’t the singer’s first venture into rude reggae, but even so, Dean has a tough time delivering her innuendos with a straight face, which is one of the many delights of this single. Overseen by Byron Smith, and cut at Duke Reid’s Treasure Isle studio, ‘Barbwire’ uses the riddim from The Techniques’ smash, which explains why on occasion Reid is given credit (the single was also released on Sonia Pottinger’s High Note label, which saw her grab a piece of the production pie as well). Released in 1970 at the height of the rude reggae boom, this remains the most popular of all Dean’s singles, and was equally feted in Britain, so much so, it was included on the Trojan label’s third Tighten Up compilation. Her disingenuous confusion on just what was down that boy’s pants is a hoot, and twinned with an equally masterful riddim, “Barbwire” snagged reggae fans near and far.”

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