Chase the Devil

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"Chase the Devil"
Single by Max Romeo and The Upsetters
from the album War ina Babylon
Released 1976
Genre Reggae
Length 3:25
Label Island
Writer(s) Lee "Scratch" Perry, Max Romeo
Producer(s) Lee "Scratch" Perry, Max Romeo
Max Romeo and The Upsetters singles chronology
"Hola Zion"
(1976)
"Chase the Devil"
(1976)
"Mr. Jones"
(1976)

"Chase the Devil" is a reggae song, recorded in 1976 by Max Romeo, with the backing of Lee "Scratch" Perry's house band, The Upsetters.

Background[edit]

Composed by Perry and Romeo, "Chase the Devil" was released on the album War ina Babylon in 1976. Also in 1976, The Upsetters recorded a version with different lyrics. The track, called "Croaking Lizard" and credited to The Upsetters and Prince Jazzbo, was included in their album Super Ape. Later, Perry made a dub remix of both versions, called "Disco Devil".

Meaning[edit]

In a BBC interview recorded in 2010 Romeo describes the meaning of the song. He explains that the devil is everything negative in our minds, the iron shirt is our strength of spirit that allows us cast out the devil.[1]

Track listing[edit]

  • 7" UK Single[2]
A. Max Romeo — "Chase the Devil"
B. The Upsetters featuring Prince Jazzbo — "Croaking Lizard"
A. "Chase the Devil" — 3:25
B. "One Step Forward (Oye Oye Reggae)" — 5:00

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