Album review
Nobody Move Nobody Get Hurt
May 25 - 2004

Tracking list

  1. Nobody Moves Nobody Get Hurt
  2. Strictly Mi Belly
  3. Bedroom Mazuka
  4. Body Move
  5. Good Loving
  6. Wreck A Pum Pum
  7. Hill And Gully Rider
  8. Yellowman A The Lover Boy
  9. Watch Your Words
  10. Why You Bad So
  11. Rub & Go Down
Rating : from 5 (excellent) to 1 (poor)

Vocals : 4/5 Backing : 4/5 Production : 4 Sound quality : 5 Sleeve : 4

Yellowman, born Winston Foster, 1959, Kingston, Jamaica, was the dancehall sensation of the early 80s and he achieved this status with a fair amount of talent and inventive and amusing lyrics. He built his early career around the fact that he was an albino and his success has to be viewed within its initial Jamaican context. The albino or "dundus" is virtually an outcast in Jamaican society and Foster's early years were incredibly difficult. Against all the odds, he used this background to his advantage and, like King Stitt, who had previously traded on his physical deformities, Foster paraded himself in the Kingston dancehalls as "Yellowman", a Ddeejay with endless lyrics about how sexy, attractive and appealing he was to the opposite sex. Within a matter of months, he went from social pariah to headlining act at Jamaican stage shows and his popularity rocketed; the irony of his act was not lost on his audiences. His records were both witty and relevant, "Soldier Take Over" being a fine example, and he was the first to release a live album - not of a stage show but recorded live on a sound system - Live At Aces, which proved hugely successful and was widely imitated. It captured him at the height of his powers and in full control of his "fans"; none of the excitement is lost in the transition from dancehall to record. Consistently outselling vocalists and fellow deejays alike, during the period 1981-1984 he was reggae's figurehead. He toured the USA and UK to ecstatic crowds - his first sell-out London shows caused traffic jams and roadblocks around the venue. It seemed that he could do no wrong, and even his version of "I'm Getting Married In The Morning" sold well. His releases for Henry 'Junjo' Lawes have been among the biggest sellers in the entire catalogue of Greensleeves Records.
In 1984 when as his reign in the dancehall was coming to an end he was signed by the US major CBS, the first Jamaican deejay to be thus honoured. By the mid-80s it had become difficult to sell his records to the fickle reggae market. Nevertheless, by this time he had been adopted by pop audiences all over the world as a novelty act and while he has never become a major star, he is still very popular and his records sell in vast quantities in many countries. He has released more records than a great many other reggae acts - no mean feat in a business dominated by excess. Having become both rich and successful through his work, it is mainly his ability to laugh at himself and encourage others to share the joke that has endeared him to so many. In 1984 he made the album "Nobody Move Nobody Get Hurt", once again for Henry "Junjo" Lawes. The album became almost as popular as the other Junjo produced albums, although not all tracks are from the top drawer. The re-release features the 12" GRED 139, Rub & Go Down a typical Yellowman tune across the 'Love I Can Feel' riddim. Extremely popular in those days were the tunes Body Move and Wreck A Pum Pum.
If you missed it in 1984, check it out now!

Teacher & Mr. T.