Sunday 5 July 2009

You're nicked

Evening all. Left, right, what 'ave we 'ere? Well, if you go around dodging fares you run the risk of a tap on the shoulder and hearing those immortal words: "You're nicked". At the end of 1982 Battersea DJs Laurel & Hardy exploded onto the reggae scene with this cautionary tale about the "wicked police system", a touchy subject at the time. It created quite a stir, generating an article in The Face and a major label chase. The Face article suggested the duo were influenced by Lenny Henry, Norman Wisdom, Benny Hill, Dick Emery and Chas & Dave rather than Michigan and Smiley or Clint Eastwood and General Saint who were saying the same old thing. Nevertheless, Laurel & Hardy's You're Nicked was a strikingly serious debut, issued as a 10" on Fashion. The major label follow up, Clunk Click, was a minor hit ...

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