Chase the Devil

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"Chase the Devil"
Max Romeo - Chase the Devil.jpg
Single by Max Romeo and The Upsetters
from the album War Ina Babylon
  • Lee "Scratch" Perry
  • Max Romeo
Max Romeo and The Upsetters singles chronology
"Hola Zion"
"Chase the Devil"
"Mr. Jones"

"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.


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".

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 to 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

Cover versions[edit]


  1. ^ "BBC Four - Reggae Britannia, Max Romeo on I Chase the Devil". BBC Online. Retrieved 24 March 2020.
  2. ^ "Max Romeo / Upsetters, The Feat Prince Jazzbo – Chase the Devil / Croaking Lizard (Vinyl)". Discogs. Retrieved 27 October 2012.
  3. ^ "Max Romeo – Chase the Devil / One Step Forward (Oye Oye Reggae) (Vinyl)". Discogs. Retrieved 27 October 2012.
  4. ^ "Chase the Devil / One Step Forward (Oye Oye Reggae) by Max Romeo : Reviews and Ratings". Rate Your Music. Retrieved 27 October 2012.
  5. ^ a b Kulkarni, Neil (26 April 2016). "One Step Forward Two Steps Backward: 1976, Reggae & Critical Amnesia". The Quietus. Retrieved 14 May 2016.
  6. ^ Thomas Erlewine, Stephen. "Madness – The Dangermen Sessions, Vol. 1". AllMusic. Retrieved 6 January 2014.
  7. ^ a b McCann, Ian (16 September 2019). "Chase the Devil — when Max Romeo declared war on Lucifer". Financial Times. Archived from the original on 17 September 2019. Retrieved 2 October 2020.