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Peter Tosh – Johnny B. Goode

 

An original member of the Wailers, Peter Tosh was easily one of the baddest dudes to ever roam the earth. A true revolutionist who took Reggae music’s rebellious message to a whole new level. Tosh helped take Reggae to an international level with the help of the Rolling Stones, whom he frequently toured with. While most associate Reggae as laid back “stoner” music, Tosh definitely brought a sinister vibe to the genre and his militant stance against injustice led to his demise and eventual assassination, damn just realized almost every great Reggae artist passed way earlier than they should have.

“Soon the earth will tilt on its axis and begin to dance to the reggae beat to the accompaniment of earthquake. And who can resist the dance of the earthquake, mon?”

This was the first song I ever heard by Tosh and still my favorite. I was a bit skeptical at first, I thought it was a little taboo to cover a Chuck Berry song, especially Johnny B. Goode, but goddamn this shit rocks! Tosh took Berry’s masterpiece and added his own menacing flavor to it with a wailing guitar solo and those horns. Something about Reggae just automatically brings positive vibes, energy, and thoughts to my life and always makes my day that much better. Enjoy your weekend everybody.

-Pete

Peter Tosh – Johnny B. Goode

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