NO CONDITION IS PERMANENT [Episode #256 ~ 02-06-21]

Pictured: The Cimarons.

To the new young bands roots reggae was a particularly relevant expression of blackness. Although US soul was an equally eloquent voice of protest, it wasn’t from the Caribbean. Whereas the older generation of West Indian immigrants used American Civil Rights and Black Power as a revolutionary template – the 1968 Olympics clenched-fist protest had considerable global impact – their children seemed determined to break this connection. To them, America of the 1970s was represented by movies, music and TV detectives, and although those racial reference points included the keenly received John Shaft, James Brown, Marvin Gaye, Black Moses, Superfly, Huggy Bear, Curtis Mayfield, Richard Pryor and Roots, they were never celebrated with the same seriousness as, say, This Is Augustus Pablo or Burning Spear’s Social Living. And compared to a Jah Shaka sound-system dance – as it frequently was – there was never going to be anything righteous about a discotheque. The British kids looked to make the most of their island heritage, as to assume an English identity was becoming increasingly at odds with a welcome mat that was wearing woefully thin, and with Rastafari and roots reggae presenting a ‘home-grown’ rebel stance they just didn’t need the USA. And the bonus was that to absorb the whole dread package was as much about going forward as it was about somewhere to take refuge.

Lloyd Bradley, Bass Culture: When Reggae Was King

Just an elderly former music writer and his improbably horny dog playing records at potentially illegal volume during a Saturday evening spent at a dive bar in a bad part of town…What could go wrong? To find out, click on the big arrow immediately to the south of these words…





Here’s what we played in Ep. 256 of No Condition Is Permanent:


Kool & The Gang — “Hollywood Swinging” — Sweet Soul Music: 23 Scorching Classics from 1974

Nkengas — “Jungle Funk” — Club Africa Vol.1 – Hard African Funk, Afro-Jazz, & Original Afro-Beat

The Rendells — “Hot Licks” — Intoxica! Strange and Sleazy Sounds From The SoCal Suburbs

وليد غلمية = Walid Gholmieh — “Kaska” — ليبيا والايقاع = Libyan Folk Dances

Tony Middleton With Dave Rhodes Orchestra — “Blackjack” — Jim Jam Gems Vol. 3: Party In The Front Black Jack In The Back

Big Youth — “Train To Rhodesia” — Dread Locks Dread

The Seeds — “Pushin’ Too Hard” — The Seeds



The Royal Jokers — “You Tickle Me Baby” — Itty Bitty Treasure Chest (Fortune Records) Vol. 4


Lloyd & Glen — “Mini-Skirt & Go Go Boots” — Work Your Soul: Jamaican 60s & Northern 1966-74

David Johansen — “Not That Much” — David Johansen

El Grupo Folclórico — “Tucutru” — La Locura De Machuca 1975-1980

Marvin Gaye — “Doing My Thing” — Funky Nation: The Detroit Instrumentals

Sexteto Miramar — “Apriétame” — ¡Salsa! Mi Hermana

X-Ray Spex — “The Day The World Turned Dayglo” — Germfree Adolescents

Ronnie Ong — “Buttons and Bows” — Steam Kodok: 26 A-Go-Go Ultrarities from the 60’s Singapore & Southeast Asia Underground

Raymarks — “Back Fire” — Rock’N’Roll Versus Rhythm And Blues

Dur-Dur Band — “Hiyeeley” — Dur Dur Of Somalia Volume 1, Volume 2 & Previously Unreleased Tracks

Frank Scott — “She Said” — The Jerk Boom! Bam! 5


Thanh Vu — “Neu Minh Con Yeu Nhau” — Saigon Supersound Volume One 1965-1975

The Dragons — “Elephant Stomp” — Frolic Diner Vol. 3

Winston Edwards & Blackbeard — “Hyde Park Corner Investigation” — Dub Conference At 10 Downing Street

Chan Romero — “Hippy, Hippy Shake” — Land Of 1000 Dances

Joseph Kabasele — “Bana Na Nwa” — Le Grand Kallé: His Life, His Music – Joseph Kabasele And The Creation Of Modern Congolese Music

The Undertones — “There Goes Norman” — An Introduction To The Undertones

The Cimarons — “Wicky Wacky” — Soul Power Funky Kingston 2: Reggae Dancefloor Grooves 1968-74

Captain Beefheart — “Sun Zoom Spark” — Clear Spot

Mano Césaire Et La Formation Malavoi — “Michèle” — Premiers Enregistrements


Al Casey — “Jezebel” — Dancehall Stringbusters

Cheb Khaled & Safy Boutella — “La Camel” — Kutché

Howard Johnson’s Nubia — “Lower Egypt” — Arrival: A Pharoah Sanders Tribute

King Tubby and Prince Jammy — “Channel One Under Heavy Manners” — Dub Gone 2 Crazy: In Fine Style 1975-1979

Electric Eels — “Jaguar Ride” — Datapanik in the Year Zero [Disc #5 – Terminal Drive]

Ilaiyaraaja / Hariram & Ramola / Ramola — “Disco Sound” — Solla Solla: Maestro Ilaiyaraaja and The Electronic Pop Sound of Kollywood 1977-1983

The Readymen — “Disintegration” — I Still Hate CD’s: Norton Records 45 RPM Singles Collection


Ennio Morricone (feat. Edda Dell’orso) — “Le Foto Proibite Di Una Signora Per Bene” — Le Foto Proibite Di Una Signora Per Bene OST

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