Oh my God! Thats too funny. I was reading along in this usenet archive and came across this bit, found it interesting:
Scotty, I don't think you see the polarization that goes on in the United States. Well come to the good ole South. The South will open your eyes to alot of things, I guarantee. I can go to dancehall clubs in Miami and not see one white face but then goto to a place that plays roots reggae and see a hand full of yardies in a sea of caucasians. What is worse is when some whites will tell you that dancehall stuff is not real reggae.
That kinda resonated with me, because you know, yeah. My high school friends played Bob Marley of course, and later at the cafe I worked at they were deep into, like the really dubby stuff for example - Lee Scratch Perry (the genius), The Congoes, that was the stuff that was passed along on must-have tapes. But noone
listened to dancehall.
I kinda got frustrated because back then (long before Napster), I relied mostly on the CD-rent around the corner for my music input, since it had all the new, cutting edge music that the public library wouldnt stock for some time to come. And this held true for, you know, everything from breakbeat to lo-fi to the whole on-u-sound school - but not dancehall. Just the few Shabba CDs and an odd sampler, that was it. Mostly cause the hip white kids just werent - aware
of it, at all - and if they were ("Mr. Loverman", "Informer"), they thought it was a bit, you know, vulgar ... King Tubby was so much more deliciously obscure, and
it was "responsible".
(Same happened later with jungle - just didnt register with the college-radio type clientele of the CD-rent place - not until Goldie came along and it became drum'n'bass and stuff).
But, anyway - I was like, but - is that true still?! So I look at the date
of this post, of this Usenet log - and it's from bleedin' 1993!! LOL
So - how is it nowadays - I'm not in touch with, you know, whats in the charts and all - but hasnt dancehall long since invaded the chart stuff nowadays? I remember someone referring to it as this tired old thing, you know, every new r'n'b hit or whatever gotta have this dancehall flava ... so, I mean, you wouldnt find this racial divide anymore now, or would you? Or perhaps it'd differ between the UK and the US?