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Listening to Sting and Shaggy on the 44/876 collaboration album has overwhelmed me with nostalgic memories of an idyllic childhood in the West Indies I left behind in 1986. The Synchronicity album was my first exposure to the Police and Sting. At seventeen I fell in love with “Every Breath You Take”, “King of Pain”, and “Wrapped Around Your Finger”. Although deeply embedded within the culture of St. Vincent & The Grenadines I had a strong affinity for American rock music including Pink Floyd and Queen. I was raised on Bob Marley, Toots and the Maytals and Jimmy Cliff, The Beatles, Pink Floyd, Frank Sinatra1, Johnny Cash and Elvis but in the 1990s enjoyed Shaggy’s “Boombastic” and infectious brand of dancehall reggae. It wasn’t until I immigrated to the United States (East Elmhurst, Queens) that I realized that dance hall was the West Indian cultural equivalent of New York’s discos and perhaps house music.
This eclectic musical environment informed my college and graduate school years (lates 80s to early 90s) where I listened to alternative college rock and punk rock which included bands like the U2, Nirvana, Pearl Jam, Red Hot Chili Peppers, Alice in Chain (I love Dirt!) etc. I wore black most of the time. Is there such a thing as a black Goth? Whatever!
This album by Sting and Shaggy is wonderful. I am stoked that in 2018 I can listen to the entire album on iTunes. Remember when music came on circular shiny plastic discs? Forget that! Remember when music came on circular black plastic discs?