The Bad Boys of Reggae Kick A World Cup Anthem
Starting this week the people of planet earth put down their usual obsessions of greed, lust, war, strife, and brutality and turns their attention to soccer, or if you happen to live outside the USA, football. Whether you’re in Brazil for the kickoff, catching the action at your favorite sports bar, or chilling at Circle House in Miami, it’s all about the World Cup, which is-when you get right down to it-all about the ball. The outernationally-minded rootical rhthym section known as Inner Circle aka the “Bad Boys of Reggae” have created a brand new World Cup anthem with a little help from Mykal “Grammy” Roze, former lead singer of Black Uhuru, and a youth named Bizerk, about whom we’ll be hearing more very soon. . Kick it.! Audio Download on the Sidebar of this page…
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
“Bad boys, bad boys, whatcha gonna do when they come for you?”
For 25 years now, that familiar refrain has introduced every episode of the popular police documentary series, “Cops.” But what’s the story behind the song that so many Americans can sing along to?
“Bad Boys” actually pre-dates “Cops.” The Jamaican reggae group Inner Circle released the track on the 1987 album “One Way.” Two years later, the band re-recorded it for the album “Identified.” That same year, “Cops” took the tune as the theme song for the show.
“Someone on the set was familiar with the group and the song. The producers at Langley Productions heard it and the rest is pop history,” the group once said.
Inner Circle has existed since 1968. After the death of lead singer Jacob Miller in 1980, the surviving members disbanded but reformed in 1986. Group co-founders, brothers Ian and Roger Lewis, along with Bernard “Touter” Harvey, Calton Coffie, and Lancelot Hall created “One Way.”
The exposure from “Cops” helped propel “Bad Boys” to No. 8 on the American music charts and go gold. Inner Circle then re-released an album under that same name, which ended up winning the Grammy for Best Reggae Album by Duo or Group in 1993.
Two years later, the song was used in the movie “Bad Boys” starring Will Smith and Martin Lawrence (as well as in the sequel). A ringtone based on tune was on the Billboard Hot Ringtones chart for over 110 weeks.
Inner Circle is a Jamaican reggae group formed in 1968 by the brothers Ian and Roger Lewis in Jamaica. With Jacob Miller as their frontman and lead singer the band was one of the most popular in Jamaica during the 70′s, and one of few reggae bands that performed live. They are responsible for the 1987 song “Bad Boys,” which serves as the theme song for Fox Network’s long-running television program COPS. However, at first they covered soul and R&B hits from the United States, and then also a few reggae songs, predominantly from Bob Marley. Read more