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[Throwback Thursday] Inner Circle – Mary Mary 1979

Inner Circle – Mary Mary 1979

Mary, Mary, quite contrary
How does your garden grow?
We’re confused, trying to load
What seeds you use?

Columbian Red, straight to your head
Miss Mary, you strike again
Sensimelia, Thai sticks too
and some good lumps raaayah

Smokin’, smokin’, smokin’
Is good for the brain
I don’t want no more
Of that there cocaine

Smokin’, smokin’, smokin’
Is good for the brain
Miss Mary
You strike again!

Veggie temple for the brain
Helpin’ me to cope with word is strain
Thousands of people can’t believe
How your garden grows so naturally

Columbian Red, straight to your head
Miss Mary, you strike again

Smokin’, smokin’, smokin’
Is good for the brain
I don’t want no more
Of that there cocaine

Smokin’, smokin’, smokin’
Is good for the brain
Miss Mary
You strike again!

(Instrumental)

I got a smokin’, smokin’, smokin’
Is good for the brain
I don’t want no more
Of that there cocaine (3x)

Veggie temple for the brain
Helpin’ me to cope with word is strain
Thousands of people can’t believe
How your garden grows so naturally

Columbian Red
Straight to your head
Miss Mary, you strike again, no, no

Smokin’, smokin’, smokin’
Is good for the brain, no
I don’t want no more
Of that there cocaine (2x)

Ziggy wins Grammy for Best Reggae Album

Ziggy Marley was one of the early winners yesterday at the 56th annual Grammy Awards.

Marley won in the category of Best Reggae Album for his effort, Ziggy Marley In Concert (Tuff Gong Worldwide label).

In an interview with The Gleaner shortly after the announcement was made, Marley said, “We give thanks, it is an honour and a blessing. Much respect to the Recording Academy and the fans. We are looking forward to the release of my new record FLY RASTA.”

Other nominees in the category for Best Reggae Album were, Beres Hammond’s One Love, One Life (VP Records), Sizzla’s The Messiah (VP Records), Sly & Robbie and The Jam Masters with Reggae Connection (K’z Records), and Snoop Lion’s Reincarnated (RCA Records/Berhane Sound System/Boss Lady Ent/Vice/Mad Decent).

Via Jamaica Observer

Third World Reggae Star William ‘Bunny Rugs’ Clarke Dead at 65

William “Bunny Rugs” Clarke, the husky-voiced lead singer of internationally popular reggae band Third World, died of leukemia at his home in Florida, longtime friends and colleagues said Monday. He was 65.

Former bandmate Colin Leslie said the singer died Sunday in Orlando a week after he was released from a hospital following cancer treatment.

Clarke worked with the band Inner Circle and top reggae producer Lee “Scratch” Perry in Jamaica before joining Third World in 1976. The next year, the band released “96 Degrees in the Shade,” one of its most popular albums. The group was signed to Island Records and had hits on British and U.S. charts, including “Now That We Found Love,” “Always Around” and “Reggae Ambassador.” He performed on all of Third World’s records except the group’s debut.

Stevie Wonder, who performed on stage with the band at Jamaica’s Reggae Sunsplash festival in 1981, co-wrote and produced Third World’s 1982 song “Try Jah Love.”

“He was a remarkable talent. Bunny had a great voice, something even Stevie Wonder admired,” Leslie said.

Clarke and Third World were known for seamlessly fusing reggae with soul and pop music, something they were occasionally criticized for by reggae purists. In a 1992 interview with Billboard magazine, he described the band’s identity this way: “Strictly a reggae band, no. Definitely a reggae band, yes.”

Drummer Willie Stewart, who kept the beat in Third World until 1997, said Monday that the fun-loving Clarke “loved his art but always had a joke.” Read more