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Desmond Dekker & The Aces - 007 (Shanty Town)

Beverley's Records

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Uh-Oh Seven....

Big hit from 1967, probably the most famous of all rude boy style rocksteady tracks.

Even though the lyrics - amongst name-checking the much-loved James Bond series and Ocean's Eleven - give a warning to some of the rude boys from back in the early days of the 'rudie', this song was big with them all.
007 (Shanty Town) was Desmond Dekkers first big hit, and it probably remains his biggest.

The lyrics 'them a loot, them a shoot, them a wail' respond to an occurence that took place on Four Shore Road and down into Shanty Town -
Students had made a stand against plans to build an industrial complex in a natural area near the beach, which turned into riots...

This one is infectious, no matter how many times you've heard it!

007 (Shanty Town)