Fu Manchu - Desmond Dekker and the Aces. 1968. Beverly's.
I'm really pleased to offer a song from one of greatest artists Jamaica ever produced for this round, and I'm particularly glad to showcase this strange and beautiful gem.
For his part, Dekker apparently took the song quite seriously, doing something like ten takes of the vocals for the final cut - an uncommon practice when working with tight-fisted producers in Jamaican studios in the 1960s.
I'm glad Leslie Kong let him do it, because he absolutely nails the song. Between Dekker's amazing voice - simultaneously emotive and controlled, the creeping bassline, stuttering guitar riffs, and cool hammond organ it is a fucking great song. It should be on a soundtrack somewhere. I often listen to it five or six times in a row. Is it meant to be cryptic? Is it tongue-in-cheek? Does it matter? It rules!
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