Guess Who’s Coming to Dinner: Reggae’s Toppa Top Food Tunes

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December 9, 2014

10. Admiral Bailey – “Healthy Body”
The “Big Belly Man” Admiral Bailey had numerous dancehall hits during the 1980s, but three decades later he’s still best known for “Gimme Punany,” the massive King Jammy’s-produced hit from ’87, which elevated slackness to a whole new level (and gave dancehall one of its most ubiquitous and classic riddims). The track sent shockwaves through Jamaica despite its unfit-for-airplay lyrics, so naturally there was demand for a clean version. Bailey wisely recast “Punanny” into “Healthy Body”, allowing him to get his original point through double entendres, amidst references to Jamaican food staples like yams and bananas. โ€”Jesse Serwer