However, I had written the tune around a year earlier than that. My idea was a “sequel” to the all-time classic Symarip monster Skinhead Moonstomp with the starting point being a member of the original crew (a Rude Boy who was a little bit too laid back) missing the return trip back to earth by turning up late for lift off, leaving him stranded, with the advice “keep on skanking” ringing in his ears.
Of course, I borrowed heavily from Skinhead Moonstomp, I had a lot of fun putting the original track together and Melbourne (and friends) did a great job on the vocals. However, essentially I had written the song for Roy Ellis to sing with the vague idea/hope that maybe, that might happen at some point. It wasn’t feasible at the time, but fast forward to early 2022 and the opportunity presented itself and so, happily, here we are!
Skinhead Moonstomp is one of my all time favourite Reggae tunes, so I am totally honoured to finally collaborate with the legendary Roy Ellis on this record. Roy had some brilliant ideas for additional lyrics and he brings his own personality and peerless vocals to the tune and I am very much “over the moon” with the results. I hope you like it too!
Neil Anderson Original Gravity Records 2022
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