“Love We A Deal With” sing The Rastafarians featuring Haile Maskel, Vision Walker (of the original Wailers), Herb Daly et al as the Santa Cruz based roots masters fire up this radio program answering Moses’ Musical Desire. Mikey Dread chimes in with World War III. It’s the very best of 1980, fresh & frantic, don’t panic. Level vibes. Foot long forty fives. Roger Steffens of KCRW’s Reggae Beat joins Doug Wendt on Midnight Dread’s Part 2, all in all totaling over 6 hours of 33 years ahead new music and discoveries on commercial rock station KTIM. Bunny Wailer’s massive rocker “Crucially Crucial” bellows before Bob Marley draws “Bad Card”, Jamaican mix seven inch-wise. Colt 45! Then Duppy live mixes Stevie Wonder’s new hit “Master Blaster” with subdivided 12″ dubs of dynamite radio dimensions clearing the skies for the Jamaican disco 45s to cloudburst the sounds, 1980 shot after shot. Like Badoo toasts for New Year’s Eve with his “Rocking Of The Five Thousand”


Sly & Robbie carry the swing with production after production scoring in the top ranks of the very best singles of the year. Row-Jah calls the new decade “the weighty eighties” and their Taxi songs signal the dawning of the new tech-knowledgely. The Clash, Matumbi, & other UK bands as well as Lovers Rock are well-charged and represented. Then some great new compilations tell the history of Jamaican music. “Whatever happened to bluebeat, ska, & rock steady?” goes one tune. It’s all here in just the first 80 minutes of this three hour+ extravaganza. Happy New Year! Fire it up and wail. Fourward in Fourteen.



Last time’s Best of 1980 Part One 33 years ahead program. Dreadcasting over the air since 1979 & online since 1996 dreader 21st Century Midnight Dread programs air daily at 12am including replays often heard in his Best of All Worlds high noon slot and where one can also become conscious at 6am with the indigenous sounds of Native Son Rising, all curated by Doug everyday, all times Pacific. Many more Midnight Dread sights & sounds here and on this blog’s Midnight Dread page. Go deh with alla dem.