1 Vivian Jackson & The Ralph Brothers - Conquering Lion
2 The Prophet All Stars - Lazy Mood
3 King Tubby & The Prophets - Open Your Hearts
4 Tommy McCook & Vin Gordon - Fisherman Special
5 Jah Lloyd/King Tubby - Zion Dub
6 Wayne Wade/Yabby You - Man of The Living/Version
7 Dicky Burton - God Is Watching You
8 King Tubby - King Tubby's Rock
9 Dicky Burton - God Is Watching You (Dubplate Mix)
10 Big Youth - Lightning Flash (Weak Heart Drop) AKA Yabby You
11 King Tubby - Big Youth Fights Against Capitalism
12 Yabby You/King Tubby - Conquering Dub
13 Wayne Wade - King of Kings/Version
14 Vivian Jackson/Horace Andy - Undivided World/Version
15 Wayne Wade - Lord of Lords
16 King Tubby - Lord Dub
17 Jah Pops - 72 Different Nations
18 Devon Russell - Race Track Riot/Rat & Bat
19 Wayne Wade/Vivian Jackson - Beware/Version
20 Yabby Youth - Beware Jah Is Watching You
21 Augustus Pablo - Pablo Dread In A Red
22 Yabby You & The Prophets - Beware
23 Trinity - Samson The Strongest Man
24 Toyan & Errol Scorcher - Natty Roots
25 Yabby You & The Prophets - Conquering Lion (Dubplate Mix)
26 Sly & Robbie - Yabby U
27 Yabby You - Conquering Lion (Groove Corporation Remix)
28 Yabby You - Conquering Lion (Smith & Mighty Rebel Sound Remix)
1 The Beginning of the End - Funky Nassau (Part II)
2 James Brown - The Payback
3 Charles Wright - You Gotta Know Watcha Doin'
4 The Fabulous Counts - Dirty Red
5 Jerry & The Medicine Men - The Medicine Man (Part II)
6 The Kinfolks - The Fly
7 Wilson Pickett - Get Me Back On Time, Engine Number 9
8 U.S. Warren - The Drop (Part II)
9 Charles Wright & The Watts 103rd St Rhythm Band - 65 Bars And A Taste of Soul
10 Black Heat - No Time To Burn
11 Kitty & The Haywoods - Take Me
12 Lyn Collins - Think About It
13 Bobby Womack - Across 110th Street
14 Esther Phillips - Home Is Where The Hatred Is
15 Dennis Coffey - Theme From Black Belt Jones
16 The Isley Brothers - Ohio Machine Gun
17 Shuggie Otis - Strawberry Letter 23
1 Parliament - Chocolate City
2 The Pharcyde - Runnin' (Can't Keep Running Away)
3 Syl Johnson - Is It Because I'm Black?
4 Stevie Wonder - Living For The City
5 The Sugarhill Gang - Bad News (Don't Bother Me)
6 Sonny Sharrock - Black Bottom
7 D'Angelo - Brown Sugar (Instrumental)
8 The Isley Brothers - Work To Do
9 Curtis Mayfield - Power To The People
10 Swamp Dogg - Sam Stone
11 The Meters - Cissy Strut
12 Sly & The Family Stone - You Better Help Yourself (Instrumental)
13 Trouble Funk - Good To Go
A funk/soul mix for the hot days and nights here in Australia
16mm Doc featuring, The Damned, Johney Moped with Chrisie Hynde, The Cortinas, The Drones, Charles Shaar Murray, Andrew Czezowski, Susan Carrington, Gun Rubber Fanzine Sheffield, Mick Jones of the Clash, Fans in the Roxy club dressing room. Featuring a very young Bruce Smith, Gareth Sagar and Mark Stewart
'Napalm Calypso' was composed to commemorate the 10th anniversary of Paul Burwell's death. It was created with a mixture of his solo work and work with the Bow Gamelan, interview material and slices of some of his favourite music and exerpts from films and TV shows he enjoyed.
The solo extracts are taken from his 1979 album, 'A Mummified Person With A Pleasant Smile Is Kept In A Cupboard In The Vestry'. The Bow Gamelan material is taken from a documentary about the 'Offshore Rig' performance of 1987, made for Channel 4 arts programme Alter Image, some footage of them performing on the concrete barges at Rainham Marshes in 1986, and from my own bootleg of the 'In C And Air' performance at the ICA in 1986, some of which includes Paul talking to me afterwards.
It also includes my field recording of tidal wash at the Forty Foot in Sandycove, Co. Dublin in June 2016, with foghorns sounding. Dublin Bay as stand-in for Thames Estuary. The latter being a place where Paul & Bow Gamelan did various gigs. Water was also my means of transport between Ireland and England when working in London in the 1980s, as I used to travel by boat from Dunlaoghaire to Holyhead, so it forms part of my initial connection between Dublin and London and between Paul and myself. Before cheap air travel. Before internet and mobile phones. Less clutter, less distraction.
Paul loved Kung Fu movies and Westerns and was a big fan (like myself) of Apocalypse Now, which I've sprinkled liberally throughout the piece. The film soundtrack includes some great explosions, which are entirely in keeping with Bow Gamelan's penchant for using fireworks as a form of percussion. Someone once memorably described Bow Gamelan as 'like a cross between Turner and Apocalypse Now'. I like how the sound effects in the film creates a deep, widescreen sense of landscape, with the constant battering ram of near and distant shelling puncturing the air.
I only met Paul a couple of times, so I hardly knew him, but I took to him straight away. I liked the cut of his jib. His friendliness, openness and free-spirited nature was inspiring. When I re-watch Bow Gamelan footage for the nth time and see him interviewed I feel a great fondness for him. This piece is a tribute to that - my way of saying, 'Thanks Paul'.
Some of the elements in this piece are woven deep in the mix, and won't necessarily reveal themselves on first listen. Other elements move around the stereo field to create a sense of momentum in a soundworld I like to think of more in terms of a radio play or cinema for the ears.
Therefore, it must be heard connected to a proper amp/speaker set up or headphones (not computer speakers) with good stereo separation.
Thanks to Anne Bean and David Toop for suggesting the sources, which include:.
Apocalypse Now (1979)
The One-Armed Swordsman (1967)
Woman In The Dunes (1964)
Bad Day At Blackrock (1955)
Hancock's Half Hour
Baby Dodds drum improvisations
Buddy Rich drum solo
Jet Harris & Tony Meehan: Diamonds
One String Sam: I Need 100 Dollars
Screaming Jay Hawkins: I Put A Spell On You
Albert Ayler: Ghosts
Roderick MacLeod performing the Scottish piobaireachd, 'Old Men Of The Shells'
Orson Welles narrating Joseph Conrad's 'Heart Of Darkness'.