Roots Radics

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The Roots Radics Band was formed in 1978 by bass player Errol "Flabba" Holt, guitarist Eric "Bingy Bunny" Lamont and drummer Lincoln "Style" Scott. They were joined by many musicians, including guitarist Noel "Sowell" Bailey, Dwight Pinkney and Steve Golding, keyboard player Wycliffe "Steelie" Johnson, Pianist Gladstone "Gladdy" Anderson and saxophonist Headley Bennett. As a combined force the Roots Radics became a well-respected studio and stage band, which dominated the sound in the first half of the 1980s. They supported artists like Bunny Wailer, Gregory Isaacs, Michael Prophet, Eek-A-Mouse, and Israel Vibration and have released several albums to their name as well. As an aside, the English word 'Radical' is derived from the Latin word 'Radix', which is the Latin word for 'Root'.

Somewhere late in 1979 the band recorded the riddims for Barrington Levy's first songs for producer Henry "Junjo" Lawes, credited at the time as the Channel One Stars. With hindsight these riddims are now considered the birth of Jamaican dancehall music.

As a sought after studio lineup, Roots Radics backed several well known reggae stars in the studio and on tour. For example, they appear on several Eek-A-Mouse albums: Bubble Up Yu Hip (1980), Wa-Do-Dem (1981), Skidip (1982), The Mouse and the Man (1983) and Assassinator (1983). They backed reggae superstar Gregory Isaacs on his classic album Night Nurse (1982), and are often credited on releases by Prince Far I, both on his solo recording work, and as part of producer Adrian Sherwood's studio supergroup Singers and Players.

Johnson went on to become half of the production duo Steely and Clevie. Bailey died from cancer in July 2014, aged 61. Lincoln 'Style' Scott was found dead in his home 9 October 2014

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Year Title Artist RatingReleases
1982 Scientist Meets the Roots Radics Scientist Meets the Roots Radics 2
1984 Roots Dub Style Roots Radics 1
1992 World Peace III Roots Radics 1
1996 Radically Radics Roots Radics 1
1996 Dangerous Dub King Tubby Meets Roots Radics 2
1996 Dubbin With Horns Scientist Meets Roots Radics 1
1998 King Tubby's Rockers Roots Radics 1
1999 Dubbing Jah Thomas & Roots Radics 1
1999 Forward Ever, Backwards Never Roots Radics 1
2000 Dub Fi Junjo Roots Radics + Bravo 1
2006 In a Dub Explosion Roots Radics meets Scientist & King Tubby's 1
2008 The Roots Radics Meets King Tubbys: More Dangerous Dub Roots Radics 1
Hot We Hot! Roots Radics 1
King Tubby's Hidden Treasure Jah Thomas & Roots Radics 1
Sensi Dub Vol.6 Glen Brown & Roots Radics 1

Album + Compilation

Year Title Artist RatingReleases
Johnny Osbourne Meets the Roots Radics - 1980-1981 Vintage Johnny Osbourne meets Roots Radics 1

Album + Live

Year Title Artist RatingReleases
Live at Channel One Kingston Jamaica Roots Radics 1

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