Pass the Dutchie

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"Pass the Dutchie" is a 1982 song performed by British-Jamaican band Musical Youth, taken from their debut studio album, The Youth of Today. It was produced by Toney Owens from Kingston, Jamaica. The song was a major hit, hitting number one on the UK Singles Chart, and at least five other international charts. It also peaked within the top 10 of the charts in the United States and sold over 5 million copies[citation needed] worldwide.

"Pass The Dutchie"
Pass the Dutchie single.jpg
Single by Musical Youth
from the album The Youth of Today
B-side"Please Give Love a Chance"
Released17 September 1982
RecordedAugust 1982
GenreReggae/Pop
Length3:25
6:05 (12" single version)
LabelMCA Records
Songwriter(s)
Producer(s)
Musical Youth singles chronology
"Generals" / "Political"
(1981)
"Pass The Dutchie"
(1982)
"Youth of Today"
(1982)
Music video
"Pass the Dutchie" on YouTube

Background[edit]

The song was the band's first release on a major label. Following a shouted intro taken from U Roy's "Rule the Nation" with words slightly altered, the track combined two songs: "Gimme the Music" by U Brown, and "Pass the Kouchie" by Mighty Diamonds, which deals with the recreational use of cannabis (kouchie being slang for a cannabis pipe).[1] For the cover version, the song's title was bowdlerised to "Pass the Dutchie", the new word being a patois term for a Dutch oven, a type of cooking pot.[2] All obvious drug references were removed from the lyrics; e.g., instead of the original "How does it feel when you got no herb?", the cover version refers to "food" instead.

The song was first championed by radio DJ Zach Diezel and became an instant hit when it was picked up by MCA Records in September 1982. It debuted at #26 on the UK chart and rose to #1 the following week.[1] In February 1983, it reached #10 on the Billboard Hot 100 singles chart in the USA.[3] Though they would have subsequent Top 40 hits in other countries, "Pass the Dutchie" remains their only hit in the US. The song also scored the #1 position in at leaast five other countries, eventually selling more than five million copies worldwide.[4][5] After the song was featured in the Netflix series Stranger Things in 2022, it experienced a resurgence of popularity, re-entering a number of international charts.[6]

Music video[edit]

The video, directed by Don Letts,[7] was shot partly on the southern banks of the River Thames in London, by Lambeth Bridge. It depicts the band performing the song and playing instruments. At the same time, a school official appears to arrest them, wherein he ends up falling down and breaking his arm.[8] This footage is interspersed with courtroom scenes (featuring Julian Firth), where the band is put on trial. The trial ends with the jury finding the band not guilty, leading them to celebrate in the courtroom.

Track listing[edit]

Charts and certifications[edit]

Cover versions[edit]

  • The song was parodied by a band from the Seychelles Islands Dezil' under the title "Laisse tomber les filles (qui se maquillent)", and peaked at #13 in France and #47 in Switzerland in 2006.[51]

References[edit]

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  50. ^ "British single certifications – Musical Youth – Pass the Dutchie". British Phonographic Industry.Select singles in the Format field. Select Gold in the Certification field. Type Pass the Dutchie in the "Search BPI Awards" field and then press Enter.
  51. ^ "Dezil' - Laisse tomber les filles (qui se maquillent)". lescharts.com (in French). Retrieved 2 October 2008.