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“Mirror in the Bathroom” –The English Beat

The Beat – Mirror In The Bathroom, Rockpalast, 1980

This Ska gem written by The English Beat singer and guitarist Dave Wakeling reminds me of my youth in the late 80s of Philly. Hair pouring over the front of my face, short and jagged around the ears and back of head. Tight jeans and Chuck Taylors and some black or checkered button down shirt worn for the night out with my mates. Trying to run the streets like I had any idea what I was doing and like we wouldn’t end up home alone with a couple of crappy beers from the Greek take-out on Spruce that would serve us kids.

Then there was this song to Skank around the room to and it was all alright.

The English Beat on Dance Craze live show!!

Mirror in the bathroom
please talk free
The door is locked
just you and me.
Can I take you to a restaurant
that’s got glass tables
You can watch yourself
while you are eating.
Mirror in the bathroom
I just can’t stop it,
Every Saturday you see me
window shopping.
Find no interest in the
racks and shelves
Just a thousand reflections
of my own sweet self, self, self…
Mirror in the bathroom
You’re my mirror in the bathroom
You’re my mirror in the bathroom
You’re my mirror in the bathroom…
Mirror in the bathroom
recompense
For all my crimes
of self defense.
Cures you whisper
make no sense
Drift gently into
mental illness.
Mirror in the bathroom
please talk free
The door is locked
just you and me.
Can I take you to a restaurant
that’s got glass tables
You can watch yourself
while you are eating.
Mirror in the bathroom
Mirror in the bathroom…

The official video

Fifi from the Sinkhole Album and the SLC Punk Film

“Get Up Stand Up”–The Wailers

Get Up Stand Up Live In Dortmund, Germany

This is a song after my revolutionary heart. We know Reggae roots as righteous music, but Bob Marley and Peter Tosh remind us that their music is as much about celebrating the most high as it is about mashing down Babylon, especially Tosh’s version. He makes you want to punch your fist with punk aggression as much as move your soulful hips. My all time favorite version is on 1991s Talking Blues.

Peter Tosh tearing it up at the Greek Theater Berkeley, CA.

Most people think,
Great god will come from the skies,
Take away everything
And make everybody feel high.
But if you know what life is worth,
You will look for yours on earth:
And now you see the light,
You stand up for your rights. jah!

A Very Different Arrangement-The Wailers 1973-05-27
Sundown, Edmonton, London, England

We sick an’ tired of-a your ism-skism game –
Dyin’ ‘n’ goin’ to heaven in-a Jesus’ name, lord.
We know when we understand:
Almighty god is a living man.
You can fool some people sometimes,
But you can’t fool all the people all the time.

“Natural Mystic”–Bob Marley

 Bob Marley – Natural Mystic Live In Dortmund, Germany

English: Bob Marley live in concert, just a co...

English: Bob Marley live in concert, just a couple of years before his death (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

This is a reggae blues by Bob Marley and The Wailers. The lyrics are simple and straight forward but the song is marbled with delicious emotions.

There’s a natural mystic blowing through the air;
If you listen carefully now you will hear.
This could be the first trumpet, might as well be the last:
Many more will have to suffer,
Many more will have to die – don’t ask me why.

Watch these unique performances and feel a reggae that edges precariously on becoming new age prayer. Keep in mind this is the song often associated with the soundtrack of Marley’s funeral procession as it has a dirge like quality and was used for that purpose in the great documentary, Bob Marley.

Bob Marley – Natural mystic – Live in Zimbabwe