Monday, 19 November 2018

Monday Long Song / Red Gold & Green #29

The first Factory Records 12" single to find its way into my collection was Fac 11, the powerful 'English Black Boys' by Manchester reggae band X-O-Dus. It took the legendary Dennis 'Blackbeard' Bovell (who wrote and produced 'Silly Games' for Janet Kay, a hit at the time) a full six months to complete a satisfactory mix of the track, but the result was worth every second of his efforts.

X-O-Dus split in 1981 and 'English Black Boys' was not only their sole release on Factory, it was actually the band's only release of any kind until a compilation of unissued recordings appeared on the LTM label in 2012.

X-O-Dus - English Black Boys

7 comments:

Ramone666 said...

Great track. I still treasure that 12" as well.

Spreadin' Rhythm! said...

Thanks, Mr. S - I enjoyed this track.

Rol said...

Excellent - combining your series! The true sign of a worn-out music blogger. ;-)

drew said...

Another new one to me Swede. Very good indeed

The Swede said...

Rol, for worn-out read exhausted!

Swiss Adam said...

Tune.

C said...

Excellent. And yes I like the series fusion!

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