Curtis wish he were as funky as Keith Hudson. Don’t get me wrong, I’m a Mayfield man to the bone, but Hudson takes funky to the marrow. Wait, not “funky”…. Phonky! A man’s man with his swagger, and a ladies man with his looks, Hudson might fight you and record you on the same day. If he couldn’t beat you, ‘Stamma’ surely would. ‘Stamma’? As George Fully Fullwood once told me during an interview “Stamma was as his right hand all de time. Dem nuh cross Stamma.”
Hudson’s style? “Nuh skin up.”
So natty he once “Broke The Comb…“
So sit back and have a listen to the phonkiest soul brotha, and oh what a mutha…hey watch yo mouth!
From the album ‘Playin’ It Cool’ (1981) I give you “Be What You Want To Be” w/ version and from the ‘Pick A Dub‘ album featuring the Barrett Brothers I give you “The Michael Talbot Affair.” Also check my review of Hudson’s ‘Rasta Communication’ which was re-released by Greensleeves last year.
And, seriously, where else on the web can you find vintage Melody Maker articles about the “Dark Prince Of Reggae“? Lucky for us it is a double-feature: Tosh and Hudson. Courtesy of MIDNIGHT RAVER’S own Peter van Arnhem.