Wednesday, March 9, 2011

earworm of the day: bam bam

toots and the maytals are one of those groups that you should know whether you like ska or not. toots has been credited with first using the word "reggae". whether this is true or not is up to debate but the fact of the matter is this, toots has written some huge songs over the years and is loved by millions.

bam bam was written in or around 1965 and won the first jamaican independence festival popular song contest. it's a simple and catchy song with toots usual heartfelt powerful voice leading the charge. many people have compared toots' voice to otis redding because of his ability to be soft and tender but gruff and powerful too.

have a listen.

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