Wednesday, September 28, 2011

Music Week: 1982/83 -- "Pass the Dutchie"

Ah, 1982/1983. How does somebody even go about picking a single song to feature, when EVERY tune from those years is worth a few paragraphs? Safety Dance, Come On Eileen, Goody Two Shoes, Puttin' on the Ritz. They're all musical crack.

I'm going for "Pass the Dutchie," by Musical Youth, though -- for the funny frog noise the littlest kid makes at the end, but mostly because I listened to it accidentally the other day, and I still can't get it out of my melon. This bouncy bit of reggae-pop has gotten a bad rap, since most people assume it's talking about pot. And, I guess it kind of is. According to Wikipedia, anyway, apparently it refers to a Dutch-oven-like cooking pot. (It's also cover of a song called "Pass the Kutchie," which really did talk about pot.)

Either way, why you have to pass it on the left-hand side, I have no idea.

Be blunt: What'd you think of this tune? And also of Musical Youth's cut-off shirts?

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