Back Off The Wall
Chaka Demus & Pliers
Explorer Music
December 28, 2007

Track list
  1. Need Your Loving
  2. Treat Her Right
  3. Riding In The Front
  4. Bounce It
  5. Happy Sea Yea
  6. Bounce It (Reggaeton Mix)
  7. Turn Me On
  8. Treat Hear Right (Solo Pliers)
  9. So Proud
  10. Afromantic Girl
  11. It's You It's You
  12. Back Against The Wall
  13. Bounce It (Reggaeton Mix feat. Mike Delinquente)
  14. Front Line
  15. Say My Name
  16. Man A Lion
Rating : from 5 (excellent) to 1 (poor)
Vocals : 4 Backing : 4 Production : 4 Sound quality : 5 Sleeve : 3
"Back Off The Wall" (now also released in Europe) makes six albums for Reggae's best selling duo, Chaka Demus & Pliers, actually the first Jamaican act to have three consecutive singles in the top five of the British music charts. The duo became household names topping every chart around the world between June 1993 and January 1995 with tunes that included "Murder She Wrote", "Tease Me", "She Don't Love Nobody", and "Twist And Shout", their number one hit with Jack Radics. The combination of Pliers' yearning vocals and Chaka Demus' rock stonechat was not only irresistible to a wide audience, but also part of their huge crossover success.

Chaka Demus, (real name John Taylor), whose jovial demeanour and strong moral character provides a welcome contrast to the bad-bwoy ragga stereotype, derived his moniker from the late Jamaican MC, Nicodemus. He honed his skills on a number of Jamaica's sound systems, from Roots Majestic & Supreme, to the King Jammy's Champion Sound system, stationed in the nearby ghetto community of Waterhouse. It was Jammy's who produced Chaka Demus' debut songs, 'Increase Your Knowledge' and the 1985 hit, 'One Scotch', which he shared with fellow deejay, Admiral Bailey. The affable Chaka Demus rose quickly to prominence thereafter, recording hits for Black Scorpio, Harry J. Skengdon, Bobby Digital and Penthouse before teaming up with Pliers in 1991, after a chance encounter at a Miami stage show.

Pliers, (born Everton Bonner), was raised in the Rockhall District of St. Ann and was initially known as Blues Melody, before being renamed Pliers because of his resemblance to Pinchers. His early hits included the very first version of 'Murder She Wrote' as a vocal for Pioneer Musik in 1986. Encouraged by Yellowman, he had already marked his debut with the stark reality song 'Babylon A Brutalize We', a good three years previously. With his fluent warble weaving a pretty path between original songs and cover versions, Pliers was the archetypal mid-to-late eighties dancehall singer.

It has been an extended break between "Back Off The Wall" and their last set, "Every Kind Of People", released on Island Records. About eight years break, in fact. Listening to the sixteen tracks featured on this fresh new full-length effort which was recorded in Canada, England and Jamaica, it's obvious this long hiatus hasn't led to a new musical direction for the duo. From beginning to end this set carries a feel good vibe and each and every song has crossover appeal. Chaka Demus & Pliers deliver their musical efforts, predominantly a nice mixture of lovers tunes and songs that make you wanna move your dancing feet, in their tried and trusted style. The best tracks are "Need Your Loving", "Riding In The Front", "Front Line", "Man A Lion", "So Proud" and "Treat Her Right".