Roots Radics

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Not to be confused with Roots Radicals.

The Roots Radics Band was formed in 1978 by bass player Errol "Flabba" Holt, guitarist Eric "Bingy Bunny" Lamont and drummer Lincoln "Style" Scott.[1] They were joined by many musicians, including guitarist Noel "Sowell" Davy, Dwight Pinkney and Steve Golding, keyboard player Wycliffe "Steelie" Johnson, and saxophonist Headley Bennett.[1] As a combined force the Roots Radics became a well-respected studio and stage band, which dominated the sound in the first half of the 1980s. They supported artists like Bunny Wailer, Gregory Isaacs and Israel Vibration and have released several albums to their name as well.[1] As an aside, 'Radics' sounds very much like 'Radix', which is the Latin word for 'Root' also.

Somewhere late in 1979 the band recorded the riddims for Barrington Levy's first songs for producer Henry "Junjo" Lawes, credited at the time as the Channel One Stars.[1] With hindsight these riddims are now considered the birth of Jamaican dancehall music. They were also the backing band on several Eek-A-Mouse albums including Bubble Up Yu Hip (1980), Wa-Do-Dem (1981), Skidip (1982), The Mouse and the Man (1983) and Assassinator (1983).

Johnson went on to become half of the production duo Steely and Clevie.[1]

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  1. ^ a b c d e Campbell, Howard (2012) "Unsung: The Roots Radics Band", Jamaica Observer, 7 December 2012. Retrieved 8 December 2012

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