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Mikey Dread made this album around his 1980 sessions with The Clash, and tracks like "Skin Head Skank" sport the same trippy textures that he brought to Sandinista!. Deep dub mixes and distinctive croaking vocals became his trademark, but he's no slouch as a songwriter. He's doomsaying on the title song, spiritual on "Jah Jah Love (In the Morning)" and high-stepping on "The Jumping Master". The reggae-rocker "Break Down the Walls" shows some Clash influence, and he heads into outer space on the dub-heavy "Mental Slavery".


Born: 1954 in Port Antonio, Jamaica

Genre: Reggae

Years Active: '70s, '80s, '90s, '00s

Seminal radio DJ, artist, producer, and TV host Mikey Dread may be best-known in the U.S. for his work with old school punk heroes the Clash, but in his Jamaican and adopted British home, his legacy is seen as much more than that. Born in 1954, in Port Antonio, Jamaica, Michael Campbell came to national prominence in the '70s with a weekly radio show on JBC (Jamaican Broadcasting Company). Taking the name Mikey Dread, the DJ's four-hour spot, which he called Dread at the Controls, was a revelation....
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