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Encyclopedia > Steel Pulse
Steel Pulse
Image:Steelpulse truedemocracy.jpg
Cover of True Democracy album (left to right: Steve Nisbett, Ronald McQueen, Alphonso Martin, Selwyn Brown, David Hinds)
Origin Birmingham, England
Years active 1975 - present
Genres Reggae
Labels Mango
Elektra
MCA
Atlantic
RAS
Members David Hinds*
Selwyn Brown*
Sidney Mills
Clifford Pusey
Amlak Tafari
Wayne Clarke
Sylvia Tella
Melanie Lynch
Keysha McTaggert
Marea Wilson
Past members

Ronald McQueen*
Steve Nisbett*
Alphonso Martin*
Basil Gabbidon*
Michael Riley
Jimmy Haynes
Alvin Ewen
Conrad Kelly
Carlton Bryan
Kevin Batchelor
Gerry Johnson
Donna Sterling Image File history File links No higher resolution available. ... True Democracy is a roots reggae album released by Steel Pulse in May, 1982. ... See also Birmingham, USA, and other places called Birmingham. ... Motto: (French for God and my right) Anthem: God Save the King/Queen Capital London (de facto) Largest city London Official language(s) English (de facto) Unification    - by Athelstan AD 927  Area    - Total 130,395 km² (1st in UK)   50,346 sq mi  Population    - 2006 est. ... A music genre is a category (or genre) of pieces of music that share a certain style or basic musical language (van der Merwe 1989, p. ... This article does not adequately cite its references or sources. ... To meet Wikipedias quality standards, this article or section may require cleanup. ... Mango Records was a London based subsidiary of Island Records. ... Elektra Records is a record label started in 1950 by Jac Holzman and Paul Rickholt, who both invested $300. ... The Music Corporation of America, commonly known as MCA, is a United States based corporation in the music business. ... Atlantic Records (Atlantic Recording Corporation) is an American record label, and operates as a wholly owned subsidiary of Warner Music Group. ... Categories: Possible copyright violations ... David Hinds, was born in Birmingham, England, on 15 June 1956. ... Selwyn Bumbo Brown, was born in London, England, on 6 April 1958. ... Ronald McQueen (also known as Ponnic McQueen or Stepper) is a bassist, and one of the original members of the reggae band Steel Pulse. ... Steve Grizzly Nisbett (born March 15, 1948, in Nevis) was a drummer for the reggae group Steel Pulse from 1977 to 2001. ... Alphonso Martin aka Phonso (born March 20, 1956, in Birmingham, England) was a percussionist and vocalist for the reggae group Steel Pulse. ... Basil Gabbidon (b. ... Gerry Johnson is an American actress who provided the voice of Betty in seasons five and six of the US cartoon series The Flinstones. ...

* Founding member

Steel Pulse is a well-known roots reggae musical band. They originally formed at Handsworth Wood Boys School, in Birmingham, England and comprised of David Hinds (lead vocals, guitar), Basil Gabbidon (lead guitar, vocals) and Ronald McQueen (bass). Hinds, as songwriter, has always been the engine behind Steel Pulse, from their early days establishing themselves in the Birmingham club scene onwards. Roots reggae is a sub-genre of reggae music which evolved in Jamaica from Ska and Rocksteady and was made famous outside the Caribbean by the legendary singer/songwriter Bob Marley. ... This article is about the city in England. ... Motto: (French for God and my right) Anthem: God Save the King/Queen Capital London (de facto) Largest city London Official language(s) English (de facto) Unification    - by Athelstan AD 927  Area    - Total 130,395 km² (1st in UK)   50,346 sq mi  Population    - 2006 est. ... David Hinds, was born in Birmingham, England, on 15 June 1956. ... Basil Gabbidon (b. ... Ronald McQueen (also known as Ponnic McQueen or Stepper) is a bassist, and one of the original members of the reggae band Steel Pulse. ...

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History

Formed in 1975, their debut release, Kibudu, Mansetta And Abuku arrived on the small independent label Dip, and linked the plight of urban black youth with the image of a greater African homeland. They followed it with Nyah Love for Anchor. Surprisingly, they were initially refused live dates in Caribbean venues in the Midlands because of their Rastafarian beliefs. Aligning themselves closely with the Rock Against Racism organisation, they chose to tour instead with sympathetic elements of the punk movement, including the Stranglers, XTC etc.: "Punks had a way of enjoying themselves - throw hordes at you, beer, spit at you, that kind of thing". Eventually they found a more natural home in support slots for Burning Spear, which brought them to the attention of Island Records. 1975 (MCMLXXV) was a common year starting on Wednesday. ... World map showing location of Africa A satellite composite image of Africa Africa is the worlds second_largest continent in both area and population, after Asia. ... West Indian redirects here. ... In general, the midlands of a territory are its central regions. ... Rasta hairstyle Rastafarianism is a religious movement that believes in the divinity of ex Ethiopian emperor Haile Selassie. ... Rock Against Racism (RAR) was a campaign set up by Red Saunders, Roger Huddle and others in winter 1976. ... Punk rock is an anti-establishment music movement beginning around 1976 (although precursors can be found several years earlier), exemplified and popularised by The Ramones, the Sex Pistols, The Clash and The Damned. ... The Stranglers are a British rock music group, formed in 1973 in Guildford. ... XTC are an influential new wave band from Swindon, England. ... Jah man! Winston Rodney (born March 1, 1948) a. ... Island Records is an American record label, owned by Universal Music Group and is operated through The Island Def Jam Music Group. ...


Their first release for Island was the Ku Klux Klan 45, a considered tilt at the evils of racism, and one often accompanied by a visual parody of the sect on stage. By this time their ranks had swelled to include Selwyn 'Bumbo' Brown (keyboards), Steve 'Grizzly' Nisbett (drums), Alphonso Martin (vocals, percussion) and Michael Riley (vocals). Handsworth Revolution was an accomplished long playing debut and one of the major landmarks in the evolution of British reggae. However, despite critical and moderate commercial success over three albums, the relationship with Island Records had soured by the advent of Caught You (released in the US as Reggae Fever). 45 (forty-five) is the natural number following 43 and followed by 47. ... It has been suggested that Racial supremacy be merged into this article or section. ... Selwyn Bumbo Brown, was born in London, England, on 6 April 1958. ... Steve Grizzly Nisbett (born March 15, 1948, in Nevis) was a drummer for the reggae group Steel Pulse from 1977 to 2001. ... Alphonso Martin aka Phonso (born March 20, 1956, in Birmingham, England) was a percussionist and vocalist for the reggae group Steel Pulse. ... Michael Riley (b. ... Handsworth Revolution is a reggae album by Steel Pulse. ... Island Records is an American record label, owned by Universal Music Group and is operated through The Island Def Jam Music Group. ...


They switched to Elektra Records, and unveiled their most consistent collection of songs since their debut with True Democracy, distinguished by the Garvey-eulogising 'Rally Round' cut. A further definitive set arrived in Earth Crisis. Unfortunately, Elektra chose to take a leaf out of Island's book in trying to coerce Steel Pulse into a more mainstream vein, asking them to emulate the pop-reggae stance of Eddy Grant. Babylon The Bandit was consequently weakened, but did contain the anthemic "Not King James Version", which was a powerful indictment on the omission of black people and history from certain versions of the Bible. Elektra Records is an American record label owned by Warner Music Group, and today operates under Atlantic Records Group. ... Eddy Grant (born Edmond Montague Grant, 5 March 1948), is a Plaisance, Guyana born musician. ... This Gutenberg Bible is displayed by the United States Library of Congress. ...


Their next move was id Hinds of Steel Pulse to MCA for State Of Emergency, which retained some of the synthesized dance elements of its predecessor. Though it was a significantly happier compromise, it still paled before any of their earlier albums. Centennial was recorded live at the Elysee Montmartre in Paris, and dedicated to the hundred year anniversary of the birth of Haile Selassie. It was the first recording since the defection of Alphonso Martin, leaving the trio of Hinds, Nesbitt and Selwyn. While they still faced inverted snobbery at the hands of British reggae fans, in the United States their reputation was growing, becoming the first ever reggae band to appear on the Tonight television show. Their profile was raised further when, in 1992, Hinds challenged the New York City Taxi & Limousine Commission in the Supreme Court, asserting that their cab drivers discriminated against black people in general and Rastafarians in particular. The Music Corporation of America was a United States based corporation in the music business. ... The Elysée Montmartre (French LElysée Montmartre) is a music venue on the Boulevard Rochechouart in Paris, France. ... City flag City coat of arms Motto: Fluctuat nec mergitur (Latin: Tossed by the waves, she does not sink) Paris Eiffel tower as seen from the esplanade du Trocadéro. ... Haile Selassie Haile Selassie (Power of Trinity) (July 23, 1892 – August 27, 1975) was the last Emperor (1930–1936; 1941–1974) of Ethiopia, and is a religious symbol in the Rastafarian movement. ... Alphonso Martin aka Phonso (born March 20, 1956, in Birmingham, England) was a percussionist and vocalist for the reggae group Steel Pulse. ... New York taxicab Throughout the United States there is a mature system of taxicabs. ... The supreme court in some countries, provinces, and states, functions as a court of last resort whose rulings cannot be challenged. ... Rasta hairstyle Rastafarianism is a religious movement that believes in the divinity of former emperor Haile Selassie of Ethiopia. ...


The Steel Pulse message of hope, education and activism has struck a chord with music lovers worldwide. Their international success has resulted in a Grammy award for their 1986 classic Babylon The Bandit, and nominations for subsequent albums Victims (1991) and Rastafari Cennial (1992). In 1989, the group contributed Can't Stand The Heat to the soundtrack of Spike Lee's film Do The Right Thing. This article or section does not adequately cite its references or sources. ... Babylon the Bandit is a roots reggae album released by Steel Pulse in 1986. ... Shelton Jackson Lee (born March 20, 1957 in Atlanta, Georgia), better known as Spike Lee, is an American film director, producer, writer, and actor noted for his films dealing with controversial social and political issues. ... This article relates to the movie, Do the Right Thing. For cultural terms such as the Right Thing the Wrong Thing Good Things and Bad Things, see Right Thing. ...


In 1994, the group headlined some of the world's biggest reggae festivals including Reggae Sunsplash USA, Jamaican Sunsplash, Japan Splash and Northern California annual Reggae on the River Festival. In 1986, Steel Pulse contributed an ethereal version of Franklin's Tower on Pow Wow Records' Fire on the Mountain: Reggae Celebrates the Grateful Dead compilation. They've recently covered The Police's Can't Stand Losing You for a reggae compilation of Police tunes that will appear on the Ark 21 label. The band is particularly proud of "Rastanthology," a 17-song collection of Steel Pulse classics (the 1996 compilation was released on the band's own Wise Man Doctrine label). This article does not adequately cite its references or sources. ... The Grateful Dead were an American rock band formed in 1965 in San Francisco. ... The Police are a three-piece rock band, strongly influenced by reggae and ska music. ...


"We're not here to start a physical revolution, we're just here to open everybody's eyes and let them check themselves and continue in a very educational mode to change things on that tip", Hinds explains. "We're losing ourselves and I think it's very important for us to realize that. Too many of our youths have been lost to drugs, or by the gun, or not having the education needed to persevere and move in an upward direction. I think RAGE & FURY will contribute to their enlightenment." Recreational drug use is the use of psychoactive drugs for recreational purposes rather than for work, medical or spiritual purposes, although the distinction is not always clear. ... A gun is a common name given to a device that fires high-velocity projectiles. ...


Media

  • Your House ( file info) — play in browser (beta)
    • From True Democracy album.
    • Problems listening to the file? See media help.

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Diskografi

Album

There are very few or no other articles that link to this one. ... Rage and Fury is a reggae album released by Steel Pulse in August, 1997. ... Vex is a reggae album released by Steel Pulse in September, 1994. ... Victims is a reggae album released by Steel Pulse in June, 1991. ... State of Emergency is a reggae album released by Steel Pulse in June, 1988. ... Babylon the Bandit is a roots reggae album released by Steel Pulse in 1986. ... Earth Crisis is a roots reggae album released by Steel Pulse in January, 1984. ... True Democracy is a roots reggae album released by Steel Pulse in May, 1982. ... Caught You is a roots reggae album released by Steel Pulse in 1980. ... Tribute to the Martyrs is a 1979 album by Steel Pulse. ... Handsworth Revolution is a reggae album by Steel Pulse. ...

Live album

  • Rastafari Centennial - Live In Paris (Elysee Montmartre) (1992)

Greatest Hits, sammanställningar, etc.

  • 20th Century Masters: The Millennium Collection: The Best of Steel Pulse (2004)
  • Ultimate Collection (2000)
  • Living Legacy (1999)*
  • Sound System: The Island Anthology (1997)
  • Rastanthology (1996)
  • Smash Hits (1993)
  • Reggae Greats (1984)

External links

  • Steel Pulse official web site

 
 

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