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I Man Bitter - Pluto ''...I would pick up the gun and run, else Babylon catch me...''
June 14, 2010 11:02 PM   Subscribe

A yellow Cactus 45 of I Man Bitter by Pluto plays on a turntable...
May I2karl present I Man Bitter, Ram Goat Liver, Your Honour and Dat
by Pluto aka Pluto Shervington, a minor planet in Jah Universe.
But not without his moments, of which these are four.
I Man Bitter I favor the most.
posted by y2karl (7 comments total) 12 users marked this as a favorite

 
Nice. I found this chart of Jamaican music development. Pluto is interesting as he not only has a rock steady style but is also a Calypsonian which is more Down Island.
posted by adamvasco at 3:25 AM on June 15, 2010


Oh man, I love these y2karl. Thank you for the pointers to this minor planet, which is delightful to explore.
posted by madamjujujive at 4:55 AM on June 15, 2010


Old school reggae from the 70s, before drum machines and dancehall moved in? It make your daughter walk and talk!
posted by flapjax at midnite at 5:38 AM on June 15, 2010


Pluto is interesting as he not only has a rock steady style but is also a Calypsonian which is more Down Island.

He certainly is Calypsonian in his lyrical approach--I Man Bitter aside, the songs are all lighthearted and witty social commentary: Your Honour, I did not have sex with that woman--I was in the closet putting on my clothes, Ram Goat Liver is the Jamaican soul food viagra and I'll take Dat, the story of the Rasta with a secret taste for pork.

I Man Bitter is a bit darker slice of failed state life with its talk of picking up the gun and the army in the street. It came to mind yesterday and I Googled it and found a YouTube record player version and some background on what was a song I knew from 20 Reggae Disco Hits, an album I found in a cut out bin somewhere back in the 70s. It was quite the collection with cornball covers like Honey Boy's Guitar Man, Vaya Con Dios by the The Vaughns and Angel of the Morning by one Maureen Davis. Not to mention Roy Alton's Kung Fu International, which was a calypso twist on Carl Douglas's Kung Fu Fighting. It was a mixed bag, to be sure.

But, I Man Bitter, what an earworm.

And now I find that Pluto cut a version of Jambalaya--now there is a cover I wouldn't mind hearing once.
posted by y2karl at 7:53 AM on June 15, 2010


[This is good] -- thanks, y2karl!
posted by .kobayashi. at 11:00 AM on June 15, 2010


This is the best post here in months.
posted by koeselitz at 8:41 PM on June 15, 2010


Let's hear a charming Studio One track from Sugar Minott!
posted by flapjax at midnite at 6:09 AM on June 16, 2010


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