Friday, 25 January 2013
ALTON & THE FLAMES - THE PREACHER - DOCTOR BIRD DB-1049 (1966)
Alton made quite a few records during the Rude Boy period of 1966, most of them being anti-violence and anti-Rude Boy, this one is no exception, from what I can make out it's the tale of a preacher who "doesn't like Rude Boys". Even a year earlier Alton appears to have been a commentator on this phenomenon when he recorded "Dance Crasher", an anti-hooligan song aimed at troublemakers who smashed up dances in Jamaica. Then of course he gave us "Cry Tough, "Rude Boy Prayer" and "Blessings Of Love", all songs advising the youth to change their ways.