Toppa Top 10: Ten Essential Wackie’s Tunes

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June 13, 2013

Horace Andy – Spying Glass (aka Live In The City) and Money Money (Dancehall Style)
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This steppers track from Dance Hall Style (a version of which was also released under the title “Live in the City” on Exclusively, Horace Andy’s second, lesser-known LP for Wackie’s recorded during the same sessions) seems very autobiographical. While it appears to be taken from his own experience, it’s a warning to other up and comers as well. If this was a current tune, it would definitely have the word “pree” in the title!

Notably, the track proved to be a major inspiration for ’90s trip-hop act Massive Attack, who re-recorded the song for their 1994 LP Protection with Andy on vocals, introducing the singer’s distinctive voice to a new generation of fans. โ€”DJ Gravy

Andy’s Dance Hall Style is the quintessential Wackies releaseโ€”and, like a lot of Wackies’ full-length releases, it really is an album that needs to be heard front to back for the full effect. In other words, every tune from the seven-track set should be here. But after the aforementioned “Spying Glass,” it’s “Money Money”โ€”a new version of an already classic tune Andy had cut with Bunny Lee in the early ’70s, rendered into a completely new song by Wackies and his session players. The photo-finish, close-second honorable mention goes to Andy’s cover of Lloyd Robinson’s classic “Cuss Cuss” โ€”Jesse Serwer