No Winner No Cry




Every Friday, we give away a voucher conservatively valued at TWENTY FIVE big ones to spend at your leisure in any of the 14 Golden Discs stores nationwide.

The catch?

Simply give us a tune we can play on Monday at an unspecified time.

This week’s theme: Reggae

What song with has you theatrically bouncing on the spot in a ganja haze?

To enter, please complete this sentence”

“The greatest reggae track of all time is _______________________________because__________________’

Lines MUST close at 5.45pm MIDNIGHT on Sunday.

Jah rastafari.

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121 thoughts on “No Winner No Cry

  1. Anomanomanom

    The greatest reggae song of all time is no women, no cry because along with a fantastic song Marley put a friend down as composer so royalties could keep a soup kitchen open. So not only did the song become a major hit, it also fed people…… the lyrics also are amazing.

  2. Spaghetti Hoop

    Has to be Dub and it has to be Armagideon Time by The Clash. The extended version, naturally. It’s brilliantly dark and desperate and bleak. Ah man, those drums. Strummer going to Central America was the best thing to happen to the world of music. Him heading off to the unknown was the worst.

  3. Frilly Keane

    The greatest reggae track of all time is Uptown Top Ranki’- Althea & Donna because just listen to know why

    and its the first single I every bought

    and its still on every bbq night over in mine playlist

    1. Andyourpointiswhatexactly?

      They’re still really angry. At each other.

      I watched a documentary about them recently. Yikes!

        1. sǝɯǝɯʇɐpɐq

          I have five brothers.
          Me and you should have a fight. Just give me 3 days notice so as I can arrange days off and stuff… Any time, any place… I’m ready for you…
          Oh yeah…

          (Are you sure you have no brothers?)

    2. Spaghetti Hoop

      1 in 10 is a great song.
      I left my sister’s UB40 album beside the radiator and it warped. So 1 in 10 was the only song that played without the needle going airborne.

  4. Penfold

    The greatest reggae track of all time is I Don’t Wanna Dance by Eddie Grant because it’s just a great track. Loved putting on Killer on the Rampage when was little with this and Electric Avenue on it.
    Managed to see him when he played a few years back in the Academy, more energy than would grant someone in their 60’s. Hit on by a couple of the much older crowd at the gig, and made my way quietly out afterwards only to have them breathing down my neck on the bus home.
    Great gig though.

  5. Me

    The greatest reggae track of all time is The Pioneers’ Long Shot Kick de Bucket because when the weather is nice I can hear my (Jamacian) neighbour next door, with her kitchen window open, sing along loudly to her favourite reggae songs with this one played more than others, her loud singing and obvious enjoyment is infectious

  6. Daisy Chainsaw

    The greatest reggae track of all time is Out of Space by the Prodigy because It’s mad and dancey and has a bit of the aul reggie in the middle.

  7. Psydeshow

    “The greatest reggae track of all time is “I chase the devil” by Max romeo and the Upsetters, because I challenge you to resist it’s hypnotic rhythm.
    Apparently some band sampled it heavily in the 90s, can’t remember their name; some young fellas who thought they were pretty smart no doubt….

      1. Papi

        Also a classic, my afternoon has been ruined/improved playing all of these. I’ll be walking home pure rude boy… ting

        1. Frilly Keane

          but Toots was pre-ska

          they have tinny shed regga roots
          so fair entry asaic

          who did you go for Bert?

          1. sǝɯǝɯʇɐpɐq

            A lot of people (idiots in my opinion) look down on UB40.
            They were a solid band and did more to promote Reggae music than Ace Of Bass, Musical Youth and The Police put together.
            AND…one of the first bands, (along with The Specials) to feature both black AND white members…I think.

          2. bertie blenkinsop

            They started off brilliantly and ended up as a covers band but when they were good they were very good imho.

          3. sǝɯǝɯʇɐpɐq

            I saw them supporting Elvis Costello… In The Stadium.
            Or did I?
            It could be an ‘alternative-memory’. If anyone can verify that that gig actually happened I would be grateful.
            It seems real, but it couldn’t be.
            Maybe I saw them both in the same place on different dates.

            I once worked in a Dublin record shop. We couldn’t get UB40’s first album because their label had no distributor in Ireland at the time. During a trip to London I bought 11 copies, 10 for the shop and 1 for me. Sold out in two days.

          1. sǝɯǝɯʇɐpɐq

            It’s just slowed down .
            It’s widely believed that the first Reggae song ever released in 1968 was by Lee Scratch Perry and it was called People Funny Boy.
            It has a baby crying in it.
            It’s effin brilliant.
            It goes like this;

            I’m going to see him in three weeks. :-)

  8. Boj

    The greatest reggae track of all time is 10cc – Dreadlock Holiday because it’s simply an awesome tune. That and the fact I only discovered the song was sung by white dudes a few years back. Mind=Blown (I went through the exact same mind blowing experience for Play that Funky Music also) Ah ignorance…

  9. Liam Deliverance

    “The greatest reggae track of all time is “There’s a rat in mi Kitchen” by UB40, because musically it’s a great number for getting some skanking going and lettin’ the riddim into ya soul. It’s a pop classic and easily accessible for any age. Lyrically it’s very apt in this country as the rat is still in the kitchen until he comes back from his trip to Washington. Then there will be some new rats so the song keeps it’s relevance and probably will for many more decades to come. It also features the legendary trumpeter Herb Alpert doing what he does best. This song sticks in my mind as when I first heard it I was only a nipper and I was a bit put off by a dread-locked Astro, he was a bit scary to me, and also the vision of a rat in the kitchen was not good. My older brother, a bit of a music buff, persisted though and played it for me again using headphones on his “hi-fi”. It stuck and was the start of long and rewarding love of the Reggae.

  10. Walter-Ego

    An unlikely contender for a reggae classic but when The Pioneers’ favorite horse, Long Shot ‘Combat’ fell in the first race at Caymanas Park one afternoon, taking the the duo’s large wages with him, a classic was born. Released in 1969, “Long Shot Kick de Bucket” from The Pioneers.

    1. esǝɯǝɯʇɐpɐq

      Chill out a little bit Frilly.
      – we onlywin when we fight in unision.

      We are brothers/sisters, etc….
      …some of us say nothing.

      just sayin’….

  11. sǝɯǝɯʇɐpɐq

    I have a problem with the title of this post.
    I don’t think enough people understand that the line ‘No woman no cry’ means ‘There was no woman who didn’t cry’.
    In other words, (in that government yard in Trenchtown), all of the women had good reason to cry.
    -Not all at the same time, because that would be ridiculous. Bob Marley wouldn’t write a song about that.

    So yeah…the title… It doesn’t make any sense. Does it?

  12. Niallo

    Greatest reggae song ? Prince buster yes, peter tosh yes, the wailers yes, toots oh yes !.
    But, speaking as someone whos been to jamaica (been to Peter Tosh house/grave) there is only one spokesman for the good people of jamaica who live in places like russia (its a town/ghetto out the back of negril) and the caribean equivalent of the blues, and seeing as the quintessential reggae themed movie is its namesake…
    I’ll just leave this here.
    Tcha man.

      1. sǝɯǝɯʇɐpɐq

        If you like Desmond Dekker you probably like that song ‘007 (Shanty Town)’
        If you don’t already know that song you don’t like Desmond Dekker. You’re just pretending that you do.

        Listen to what Shaggy did with that riddim, with some help from Tony Gold and Rik Rok.

    1. bagofdreams

      Get a grip.
      You didn’t have to do that.

      If you hate Reggae, just say so.
      Or say nothing…

      Radiohead me bollicks FFS!

      1. bertie blenkinsop

        I’ve never been anything but polite to you Badatmemes.
        When other people were calling you a drunken idiot I defended your ramblings.
        And this is the reward I get?
        You addressing me in such an obnoxious fashion?
        I make it a point never to get dragged into Internet rows as ultimately you invariably both look like losers but you know what…
        You ask MY boll*x.

        1. And Social Justice For All

          Haha even Bertie had a breaking point …
          Who knew!

          Memes has frequently been obnoxious here before but to be fair it never really seems malicious ( or he gets modded). I think he’s just a lot … all the time. That’s why his video pieces were so well observed

  13. sǝɯǝɯʇɐpɐq

    This is a 2015 reworking of ‘Tenement Yard’ by Jacob Miller & Inner Circle from 1976.
    Features the original band and the wonderful Chronixx.*

    * Why is there no NEW Reggae featured here? I’m going to get drunk tonight and fix that.

    ALSO… I want to withdraw from this competition. It’s not fair. I’ve been living and smoking breathing Reggae non-stop for over 30 years now. I’ll just do a ‘If You Liked That You Might Like Also Like This’ kinda thing.

  14. esǝɯǝɯʇɐpɐq

    Where is all the Burning Spear, the Buju Banton, the Busy Signal..?
    – none of you know anything about Reggae.

    That was just a few names that began with the letter B.
    Here’s a few names that begin with the letter ‘C’.
    Capleton, Culture, Chronixx of course, but most of all, The Congos.

    The best Reggae album EVER, bar none, The Congos…Heart Of The Congos.
    – Lee ‘Scratch’ Perry’s Masterpiece. (And that’s saying something)

    Trust me…
    It’s an absolutely stunning album. You will cry, evry tim.
    It goes like this…

    If you never heard it before, that’s perfectly okay.
    You don’t ‘owe’ me a pint, except in your head.
    Just let it seduce you.

  15. esǝɯǝɯʇɐpɐq

    This album… I bought it when The Beat re-released it on their Go-Feet label.
    Then 20 odd years later it was re-re-released again. It doesn’t matter who did that, but his name rhymes with ‘Hick Mucknall’. . Shut up andlisten.
    Heart Of The Congos – The Congos.
    Best Reggae album EVER.

    I should know.
    It’s a bit over the top with the Biblical references, yeah, but grow up…
    It’s the music… the passion… the beauty, the skill, and the seemingly effortless ease…

    Roll a fat one.
    Then try to tell me I’m not right.

  16. bagofdreams

    Mi kill any sound-bwoy.
    Dem no tuff like we. Dem no ruff like me.

    Killa sound, straight to ya boombaclaat head. Send you home to your Mammy.

    Test me….

  17. bagofdreams

    I’m in work right now. I’d forgotten how bad the Internet was in here.
    – just wait until I get home later this morning. I’ll post such amazingly good stuff that you’ll cry.
    It’s obvious to me that you need an education in Reggae. None of you know anything…
    The closest any of you got to modern or political Reggae was ‘Rat inna mi kitchen’, and you couldn’t even spell that properly.
    I’d be embarrassed if I won this ‘competition’. It’s a joke.

    Where’s all the Shaggy, the Sean Paul, The Specials..?
    What is wrong with you people?

  18. bagofdreams

    I haven’t a clue what I’m doing.
    I’m in work, concentrating on looking sober. I think I posted some stuff on the wrong thread, but I don’t care.
    I just want to post this song especially for Anne.
    I know she likes it. She loves it.
    She wants it…

    I don’t know how to post it on this stupid phone…
    It’s called ‘Hold you’ and it’s by Gyptian.
    I can’t be bothered finding a link. Look it up yourself.

    Then listen to some Major Lazer, and try to tell me that that’s not Reggae.

    – there’s something wrong with you lot. Too busy trying to appear ‘cool’.
    Nothing beats ‘Like Glue’or ‘Boombastic’, but none of you have the balls to nominate either of them.
    Too busy trying to appear knowelagable, looking pathetic and dumb.

    If the best you can do is post a song that’s 20+yrs old you should stop.
    You know nothing about Reggae. Nothing.
    You make me sick smile. You really do.

    1. esǝɯǝɯʇɐpɐq

      Sorry bertie.
      It was just a joke that came out wrong.
      Read it again, but this time in a high pitched voice.

    2. sǝɯǝɯʇɐpɐq

      You aren’t paying attention, you two.
      I voluntarily opted out already, on Friday…

      I’d never be able to live with myself if I entered this competition and didn’t win.
      I don’t like Reggae… I live it.

      And see you bertie.
      I was annoyed at you before you got annoyed at me.
      The Specials are ‘not reggae’…
      …Is that so?

      Cheer up.
      Here’s a photo of me listening to The Fall 15 minutes ago.
      It’s real. Happy Christmas.

  19. sǝɯǝɯʇɐpɐq

    The competition is over.
    I understand that part of it.

    Can I keep on posting Reggae videos, or do I have to go back to linking them dynamically to my name when I post stuff? That’s what I used to do, but nobody noticed. Nobody cared.
    I am human and I need Reggae to be loved, just like anybody else there.

  20. sǝɯǝɯʇɐpɐq

    This time I’m really sorry bertie.

    The thing is, Reggae is not a sub-genre of Western pop music.
    It constantly grows and evolves, sometimes faster than anything else, but always in parallel.
    – Not as part of something else. Reggae music is an entity of it’s own.
    – It was Reggae that introduced the concepts of sampling, extended mixes, dub, rapping etc.
    – No wait a minute…that was Lee Scratch Perry… Trust me, there were other innovators in Reggae too.

    Reggae has twice as many different forms as your ‘Pop/Rock/Folk-music’. and more. Okay, that was a stupid lie, but you know what I mean.

  21. sǝɯǝɯʇɐpɐq

    Sorry for going on and on and on…
    – Nobody’s forcing you to read anything… go and get upset over something better…. I wont mind.

    Play this video with your eyes closed.
    I’m telling you now that they’re Scottish. And White.
    – I bet you can’t keep your eyes closed until the end. It’s not possible.

    Go on, try… 4 minutes, 16 seconds.
    You haven’t a hope darling… Just give in.

    Oh yeah, the video…
    I nearly forgot…

  22. esǝɯǝɯʇɐpɐq

    I’m gonna stop after this, I swear…
    Imagine if you said to someone that you loved ‘rock ‘n’ roll’ music, but you were serious.
    You were into Elvis, Eddie Cochran, Buddie Hollie etc.
    Then some idiot appears and says, ‘Oh yeah, Shakin’ Stevens and Showaddywaddy’, I know everything about rock ‘n’ roll…it’s spelt with two small letter ‘r’s, isn’t it?

    That’s how I feel, ever since last Friday
    Exactly like that and no better.

    Why are we not allowed to kill them?
    These are the kinda people who later on become politicians.
    -We’d be doing them a service, qnd getting one for ourselves into the bargain.

    STOP looking at my Reggae, with your squinty myopic eye.
    It is not for the likes of you, you big baldheaded boombaclaaatt.

    Test we… Mi dare yu.

    so yeah… I love Reggae with a serious passion.
    I laughed at you lot trying to outdo each other with increasing amounts of ignorance.
    -Whoever it was who posted ‘Ing’ by Mungo’s Hi-Fi ft. Brother Culture should be the winner. It was on a DJ album by Fatboy Slim a few years back. Still a banger of a track.
    If I wasn’t drunk, stoned and in work I’d post the Dub version of it, but Im drunk, stoned and in work.
    …maybe tomorrow, today or another time.

    You people shat heavily on my favourite genre of music with your brazen ignorance…
    Maybe you think this is over.
    Maybe it isnt…

    the black notebook I might have mentioned a few weeks ago… that’s real.
    it has names in it.
    oh yes…

    Five names.

  23. esǝɯǝɯʇɐpɐq
    I messed that last post up.
    The first link was supposed to be this one, but look on the bright side… you heard the other song twice.
    The answer to your question at the enof THIS one is Cherry-Oh Baby.
    By Eric Donaldson, not bertie’s boys, UBinyour50s.
    …so anyway…whatever…

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