America had Patti Smith and the Sugarhill gang, or was that the Anthill Mob, I dunno....in fact i don't care, because the Uk Had Smiley Culture at the year zero of the 'not being able to sing' movement.
Oh christ, we had Linton 'Boring Bastard' Kwesi Johnson, and his offspring, Michael Smith....the one that got murdered....and the one that didn't get murdered....Benjamin Zephaniah. Not entertaining,and a rather too serious.
Of course the Irony was that Smiley, that loveable rogue who brought blacks and whites together efortlessly,who incidently are both people of colour ,cus if they weren't they would be invisible would they not?...oh yeah, the Irony,the Irony....the Irony was that the toaster/rapper/ranter of novelty Hit "Police Officer" was believed to have died of a single stab wound during a visit by the Metropolitan Police to his home in march 2011?...whom weilded said knife it is not clear;but smiley smiled no more.
But he did bequeth a selection of very entertaining tunes that light-heartedly disected life in Britain for everyone in 1986.
"Cockney translator" and "Police Officer" are classics that LKJ could only dream of.
These are the dancehall mixes of his best tunes,and correctly, he never really made any others.This is Pop!
A1 Cockney Translation 6:28
A2 Slam Bam 6:05
A3 Shan A Shan 6:10
B1 Police Officer 6:54
B2 Roots Reality 6:25
B3 Entertainer, Entertainer 6:20