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Cancel Flag comment. The tune is iconic. Even among coppers. Despite its critique of the profession.
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Having said that, many reggae lovers will struggle to identify the song's singer, Junior Murvin, who died on Monday in relative obscurity compared with the global success of his reggae anthem. The tune was the soundtrack to the Notting Hill carnival in the summer it was released, The perfect groove for a hot and sticky August bank holiday on the streets of west London.
Eerily, the record had been pumping out of sound systems and shebeens in London W10 and W11 postcodes in the days and hours before the community tensions of the time erupted in an all-out battle between predominantly black youth and the predominantly white police on the streets of Ladbroke Grove. Everywhere you went for the following few weeks — parties, blues dances and even university student unions — the tune was being rinsed out like it was the pick of the pops. Every young rebel seemed to have a copy. Joe Strummer and his bandmates included.
Even though John Peel had been playing Murvin for months, it was the Clash's version on their debut album that would turn the song into a punk anthem. Strummer told me he preferred Murvin's original. It was one of his favourite records.