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Hear Kiss’ ‘I Stole Your Love’ Done Reggae Style Read More: Hear Kiss’ ‘I Stole Your Love’ Done Reggae Style

Hear Kiss’ ‘I Stole Your Love’ Done Reggae Style
by Jeff Giles

Plenty of rock groups have been given the reggae treatment, but only Kiss has the honor of receiving it from a Swedish tribute band.

We mark this momentous achievement courtesy of Dressed to Thrill, the four-piece outfit whose latest act of Kiss homage is a reggae version of “I Stole Your Love.” For now, this is just a standalone offering, but the group’s Facebook page promises “more to come soon.”

According to the Dressed to Thrill website, the band came together after two of the members cleaned up during a Kiss trivia event and were asked to do an acoustic set of some of the band’s classics. Inspired by the idea, they reached out to some friends, threw together some costumes and put on a real show; four years later, they’re the undisputed champions of Swedish Kiss tribute acts.

“All being born in the early ’70s, the band grew up with Kiss. This is a childhood dream come true,” explains Dressed to Thrill’s bio. “To this date, Dressed to Thrill has done several shows in the south of Sweden, Stockholm and Copenhagen. As being originated in Malmö, Sweden, the band is now trying to conquer the rest of the world. They are ready, are you?”

Check out the reggae version of “I Stole Your Love” to find out whether you’re ready to be conquered, and after you’re finished with that, take a look at this genius reggae version of “Detroit Rock City” that grafts Paul Stanley‘s vocals onto a completely different backing track.

Rockers International Records on Orange Street, Kingston: reggae playlist

Orange Street, also known as ‘beat street’, was the birthplace of many reggae, ska and rocksteady artists, as well as the area where these genres were championed – especially in the 1960s and 70s. We asked Mitchie Williams of Rockers International, one of the street’s last remaining record shops, to put together a playlist evoking the area’s glory days

Orange Street in downtown Kingston was once the heart and soul of Jamaican ska, rocksteady and reggae. The street and the surrounding area helped give one of the most important music genres of the 20th century to the world; the first ska recordings were made at Studio One on Brentford Road just around the corner from Orange Street. The street itself was alive with record shops and recording studios, and legends such as Dennis Brown and Prince Buster were even born on the street. Sadly, as with much of downtown Kingston, it’s a very different place today – dubbed Ghost Street by locals – but there are still a handful of studios and vinyl record shops flying the flag, and the area is a must-see for music fans visiting Kingston.

Stepping into the fabulous Randy’s records and recording studio (upstairs at 17 North Parade) is like going back in time (check out this gallery of Randy’s back in the day), while Rockers International exports vinyl to reggae fans all over the world and was refurbishing the store when I visited. We asked Rockers’ manager Mitchie Williams to compile a tribute to Orange Street’s pioneering (and speaker-throbbing) spirit.

How Magic!’s Canadian Reggae Won Over Jamaica

For six weeks last summer, the Number One song in America belonged to a group of Canadian reggae fans whose frontman sings plaintively to a girlfriend’s particularly impolite father who won’t approve his earnest marriage proposal to her. “Rude,” Magic!’s debut single, sold 3 million copies in the United States alone, but many objected to its syrupy take on a beloved genre. Time named the tune the worst of the 2014, and publications as diverse as Grantland and Jezebel brought similar ignominy. “America, we need to talk about our taste in reggae music,” wrote Slate. They might also want to have a few words with the adoring crowd that earlier this year gathered in the north shore parish of Trelawny to see the band headline the Jamaica Jazz and Blues Festival.

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Get Ready for Reggae on Tax Day

The Portsmouth Public Library is proud to present a rockin’ music series for Spring 2015, and all concerts are free of charge. Whether you like the blues, jazz, Celtic, Irish, reggae, folk or anything other kind of music, there’s something for you at PPL. All concerts will take place in the Levenson Room, but come early to make sure you get a seat!

On Wednesday April 15, join us for Reggae on Tax Day with Jah Spirit! Jah Spirit’s music sends a message of peace and freedom while celebrating social consciousness and universality among all peoples.

Under the dynamic leadership of writer, composer, singer Ras Michael I, the group blends an African-Reggae beat with elements of calypso jazz, blues and rock. Ras Michael, a native of Trinidad, captivates his audiences with spellbinding lyrics and a stage presence that has been described as charismatic, highly energetic and spirited. Interaction between the audience and the musicians is a recognized trademark of Jah Spirit.

Jah Spirit, reggae, Wednesday, April 15 | 7p.m.
Peter Bernstein, jazz guitar, Sunday April 26 | 2 p.m.
Two Old Friends, Sunday May 17 | 2 p.m.
Strathspey & Reel Society, Thursday May 21 | 7 p.m.