Have You Heard? – (17) “Jonny Greenwood is the Controller”

Jonny Greenwood is the guitarist and musical guru in Radiohead. This album is a selection of 70s and 80s conscious and dubwise reggae tunes chosen by Jonny.  It’s a brilliant selection. I urge you to download it!

My two favourite tracks are “I’m Still In Love With You” by Marcia Aitken and the wonderfully titled “Flash Gordon meets Luke Skywalker” by Jammy, Scientist and the Roots Radics. Oh, yes!

Marcia Aitken sings a good old-fashioned seventies lovers rock lament over the same rhythm as Althia and Donna’s  “Uptown Top Ranking”. I’m not quite sure which of these came first, but apparently the original sound was from Alton Ellis in 1967. Reggae is brilliant for the recycling of great rhythms. Endless versions are made, all using the same beat.

So here is Marcia’s track.  Love this. Can’t upload tracks from this album from my iTunes for some reason, but YouTube does the business.

Althia and Donna.

Jammy, Scientist and the Roots Radics just hit us with a perfect dub beat on ‘Flash Gordon”- a bit spacey, a bit bonkers.  Brilliant. Unfortunately I can’t find a version to upload, so you’ll have to take it on trust and buy the album.

Jonny Greenwood from Radiohead likes it.  That must be good enough!

About John S

I'm blogging about the things I love: music, sport, culture, London, with some photos to illustrate aspects of our wonderful city. I’ve written a novel called “The Decision”, a futuristic political thriller, and first of a trilogy. I’m also the author of a book on music since the 1970s called “ I Was There - A Musical Journey” and a volume of poetry about youth, “Growin’ Up - Snapshots/ Fragments”. All available on Amazon and Kindle.
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1 Response to Have You Heard? – (17) “Jonny Greenwood is the Controller”

  1. Lots of news stuff on here to keep me busy for a moment.

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