Greetings Spy Vibers! As many of you know, music history looms large here in the Spy Vibe lair and one of my passions is looking at how Calypso and Ska reflected the Spy Boom in the 1960s. Even before Dr. No and Chris Blackwell's help to add the contemporary sounds of Jamaica to the aural landscape of 007, songwriters had been commenting on pop culture as they would on topical events of the day. I've dreamed of curating a compilation someday, though the legal side of such a project sounds daunting. In the meantime, we can share via Youtube (as links stay active) and help expose spy fans to some cool island classics. I've been deep into research and writing for my upcoming Spy Vibe book and one of the benefits has been catching a bit more of a few shows that I hadn't explored as fully in the past. One such program was Amos Burke Secret Agent, the espionage-focussed third season of Burke's Law (1963-1966. The revamped show followed the spy trend for the final 17 episodes to mostly good results, although Gene Barry did seem perhaps a bit old for the role by then. The series also helped spawn the Honey West series, after Anne Francis had portrayed West in a season two story called Who Killed the Jackpot? Also in 1965, Jamaican artist Prince Buster released a cool tune dedicated to Amos Burke, called It's Burke's Law, from the Blue Beat album It's Burke's Law (Jamaica Ska Explosion). Other tracks included Al Capone, Gun the Man Down, and a space-age tune called Trip to Mars. Not all songs from this genre featured story-related lyrics, and this is the case here with It's Burke's Law. Prince Buster established the theme at the top of the tune and then he and the band riffed (and scatted) through the groove. Check it out. Enjoy! Reminder to Spy Vibers in the UK: you can still catch the Warhol exhibit at the Tate, which has been extended into November. Related posts: Lupin Ska, James Bond Ska, Ranking Roger, Laika Calypso, Spy Dust Calypso, Selecter Bond, Pussy Galore Calypso, Island UNCLE, The Saint Rocksteady, Phantom Agents, 2-Tone Doc, Spy Vibe Radio: The Saint.
October 18, 2020
BURKE'S LAW SKA
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