Monday, July 18, 2005
The Upsetters: Jaywalking/Steppin' Out (Fire 1029)
I'm going to assume that this is not to be confused with the Lee "Scratch" Perry outfit. I'm also going to assume that this was their only single. I know at least that it's from 1960 and this label's next release would be Tarheel Slim and Little Ann's classic "Security." But I've heard a few rumours that this group of Upsetters was actually Little Richard's backing band. Could someone enlighten me about this? Until then, let me tell you that "Jaywalking" is an interesting R&B instro rocker punctuated by a double sax riff and dirty funky guitar work. There's also a guy yelling things like "Shake it, baby!" and "It's good to me!" and laughing maniacially in a couple of places. But get this: there's a flute solo! That's right! A freakin' flute solo! And what's more, it actually works here! Kinda like adding a different kind of spice to an already cookin' instro. The B-side's a vocal number with a more "Stroll"-ish tempo and the singer going on about how tonight he's doin' what the title says he's doin'. My vote goes for the "Jaywalking" side, but either side's quite fine, so it's a win-win situation here. Now, who are these Upsetters, ehh?
Posted by Brian Marshall at 12:23 AM