Clint Eastwood (who is the younger brother of DeeJay Trinity) was already an established Jamaican dancehall deejay when he teamed up with UK deejay General Saint in the early 80s. They always had a humorous approach to their songwriting coupled with a lively and energetic show which I felt gave them an unnecessary novelty act tag when all they were doing was just putting in a great performance.
They reformed last year and played a Love Music Hate Racism show in Luton backed by Luton reggae band The Shabby Tinkerz. Following this show, they did a session for Mark Lamarr’s God Jukebox show and are also due to release a new album in 2011 on Luton based Blu Jeanz Records.
So I’m looking forward to this Jazz Cafe show which is their first in London for something like 25 years. The venue takes a long time to fill up, but by the time the band take to the stage it’s comfortably full in here. They’re backed by London’s top reggae session men, The Ruff Cutt band, who tonight consist of drums, five string bass, keyboards, rhythm guitar and percussion. They’ve been around for 30 years and in that time have backed pretty much every reggae artist who plays over here.
After the band play a couple of instrumentals, Clint Eastwood (the natty dread) and General Saint (the ball head) come bounding onto the stage, high stepping, skanking and running around the stage like excitable teenagers. From there, we’re into an energetic show full of good humour, great music and plenty of banter from the duo, both amongst themselves and with the audience. Their classic songs still sound great and they’ve lost none of their charisma. “Talk about run”, in which the cowardly duo make a run for it after being contronted by a duppy is still funny. “Young lover” and “Another one bites the dust” are performed with exaggerated facial gestures and top notch dance moves from both deejays.
They encore with “Stop that train” after having played pretty much all of their old songs. A good way to end and the huge cheers from the audience show that it’s been greatly appreciated. A great show from an entertaining team, harking back to the days of humour in the dance. Great to see them back and I hope to catch them again really soon.
and footage of their Love Music Hate Racism gig from 2010: