At the peak of its popularity in Jamaica, Inner Circle was on par with Bob Marley.
Three decades later, the reggae band is perhaps best known for “Bad Boys,” the memorable theme song for the TV show “COPS.”
Despite the instant association to a touchstone of TV culture, Inner Circle is widely regarded as an icon of reggae music. On Saturday, the Jamaican-bred Grammy-winning act will headline the Hampton Reggae Fest at the Hampton Coliseum.
Formed by brothers Ian and Roger Lewis, Inner Circle is now based in Miami, where the siblings own and operate a successful recording studio. Bassist Ian Lewis recently took a break from work on Inner Circle’s latest record for a freewheeling phone chat that meandered from the birth of reggae to the real meaning behind the band’s biggest hit. Here are a few of the highlights. Read more