Anybody remember Jonathan Richman (the guy who’s sort of covered at the beginning of Maya’s “Bamboo Banga”)? Actually, I was once a Jonathan Richman fan…like 20 to 30 years ago. And perversely, I realy liked some of the softer Modern Lovers songs that came out after their very famous protopunk phase. Such as this one, “Egyptian Reggae,” from the late ’70s:
Now, my three or so readers might notice a continuation of certain visual themes. (Especially in the dancing – though I wouldn’t say the dancers here are quite as good as most of the others I’ve posted, but they do flash their belly buttons, which counts for at least 50 percent toward getting on this blog.)
But what makes all of this even more interesting – and worth posting here – is that I managed to find a video of somebody performing the song that was actually the source of the main riff in “Egyptian Reggae,” Earl Zero’s “None Shall Escape the Judgment.” So, here’s a clip of that one being performed by Johnny Clarke:
P.S. Incidentally, Earl Zero held a grudge against Richman for “stealing” his song without paying royalties. But isn’t Zero’s song also based on a somewhat older…Egyptian song?