Reggaeklassiekers du jour: Three piece suit / Uptown top ranking

De meisjes, 17 resp. 18, lijken in het filmpje, in hun “khaki suit”, nauwelijks te geloven dat zij de eerste plaats hebben gehaald in de Britse top-50, Althea Forrest & Donna Reid. Ik ben toch vast niet de enige die geen touw kan vastknopen aan hun tekst.

See me in me heels and ting
Dem check sey we hip and ting
True them no know and ting
We have them going and ting
Nah pop no style, a strictly roots
Nah pop no style, a strictly roots

See me pon the road I hear you call out to me
True you see mi inna pants and ting
See mi in a ‘alter back
Sey mi gi’ you heart attack
Gimme likkle beer, make me wine up me waist
Uptown Top Ranking

See mi in mi Benz and ting
Drivin’ through Constant Spring
Them check sey me come from cosmo spring
But a true dem no know and ting
Dem no know sey we top ranking
Uptown Top Ranking

Shoulda see me and the ranking dread
Check how we jamming and ting
Love is all I bring inna me khaki suit and ting
Nah pop no style, a strictly roots
Nah pop no style, a strictly roots

Watch how we chuck it and ting
Inna we khaki suit and ting
Love is all I bring inna me khaki suit and ting
Nah pop no style, a strictly roots
Nah pop no style, a strictly roots

Love inna you heart dis a bawl out fe me
When you see me inna pants and ting
See me inna ‘alter back
Sey me gi’ you heart attack
Gimme likkle bass, make me wine up me waist
Uptown Top Ranking

See mi pon the road and hear you call out to me
True you see me in me pants and ting
See me inna ‘alter back
Sey me gi’ you heart attack
Gimme likkle beer, make me wine up me waist
Gimme likkle beer, make me wine up me waist
Love is all I bring inna me khaki suit and ting
Nah pop no style, a strictly roots
Nah pop no style, a strictly roots

You shoulda see me and the ranking dread,
Check how we jamming and ting
Love is all I bring inna me khaki suit and ting
Nah pop no style, a strictly roots
Nah pop no style, a strictly roots


1977
John Peel heeft het tot een hit kunnen maken, dit antwoordlied op


Three piece suit, Trinity, ook uit 1977.
De instrumentale onderlaag van Althea & Donna is dezelfde. Joe Gibbs is dan ook in beide gevallen de producer.
De achtergrond van deze nummers gaat nog verder, zo werkt dat in reggaekringen.