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Get Three Coffins Ready

It’s simple. I love spaghetti westerns. Any movie that’s got Franco Nero or Lee Van Cleef gunning down Mexican bandits over a Ennio Morricone soundtrack is gold in my book. Director Sergio Leone is the obvious master of course, with the masterpieces in the Dollar trilogy defining the entire genre. But stopping there would be a mistake. You also need to check out stuff like Django, Death Rides A Horse, Keoma or the incomparable Companeros to get the whole picture.

The connection with reggae is obvious. Go back to the sixties for instrumental Upsetter tracks with titles like “Django Shoots First”, or to the eighties and nineties when the toughest deejays would talk about duels and riding horses. And from there you’ve got the whole soundclash thing which constantly evokes images from Italian westerns. Most famously perhaps when Cocoa Tea sang “Mr Undertaker, make them a coffin / No, my mistake make that two” on a classic dubplate (who cut it first, Stone Love?), echoing Clint Eastwood in “Fistful of Dollars”.

This brings me to this mix that’s been circulating for a while on the Internet. A guy called Dale Cooper — yup, Twin Peaks — has built some riddims based on Western soundtracks, and put Sizzla accapellas on top. Sounds tasty? Download it here. The cuts of “Represent” and “Rise To The Occation” are pure genius.

The samples in my old Roll Like A Thunder mix are from Companeros, by the way. What did you say the Swede’s name was again? Yodlaf. Yodlaf Pettersson.

One Comment

  1. John Eden wrote:

    wow, thanks for the heads up on that! Crazy… :-)

    Thursday, June 11, 2009 at 3:06 pm | Permalink

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