Punky Reggae Party
|"Punky Reggae Party"|
|Single by Bob Marley|
|Length||9:19 (12-inch single a-side)
8:49 (12-inch single b-side)
4:25 ("Jamming" 7-inch b-side)
6:50 ("Jamming" 12-inch b-side)
|Bob Marley singles chronology|
"Punky Reggae Party" is a reggae song by Bob Marley, recorded and released in 1977. Not appearing on any studio album, it was released in 1977 as a 12-inch single in Jamaica only on the Tuff Gong and Black Art labels, as a b-side to the "Jamming" single on the Island label in some countries and was later released as a live single on Babylon by Bus. Subsequently, it appeared on a number of compilations and 'Best of' albums as well as the Deluxe Edition of Exodus and the 2002 CD reissue of Legend. The two versions of the song on the Jamaican 12-inch single were both featured on disc 2 of the Deluxe Edition of Exodus. The version featured on the 2002 CD reissue of Legend is the b-side version from the "Jamming" 12-inch single. There is also a version of the song released as a b-side on the "Jamming" 7-inch single which is much shorter.
The song was written by Bob Marley as a positive response to the release of a cover version of Junior Murvin's "Police and Thieves" by English punk band The Clash, on their first LP. Referring to the party of the title of the song, the lyrics mention several punk and reggae groups: "The Wailers will be there, The Damned, The Jam, The Clash – Maytals will be there, Dr. Feelgood too", Marley often repeated the words "New Wave" during the song.
In 2011, French punk band Burning Heads covered the song. It appeared on It's a Frenchy Ska Reggae Party Vol. 3 compilation.
In 2012, a band called Island Head released an instrumental version of "Punky Reggae Party". Their version of the song features guitar, synthesizers, saxophone and trumpet instead of vocals. Island Head (a.k.a. Island Head Musicians), led by drummer/producer Billy Messinetti, also released an album by the same title.
1977 12" single
- "Punky Reggae Party" – 9:19
- "Punky Reggae Version" – 8:49
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