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Dillinger – CB 200 (1977) – Lp

Lester Bullock (born 25 June 1953), better known by the stage name Dillinger, is a reggae artist. He was part of the second wave of deejay toasters who rose to prominence during the mid-1970s.

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Artist:  Dillinger
Title:  CB 200
Year:  1977
Format:  LP
Label:  Island Records
Catalog#  ILPS 9385

Although his Christian name was Lester Bullock, it is under the gangster-inspired moniker that the Jamaican toaster Dillinger gained prominence during the early 1970s. He followed in the footsteps of Dennis Alcapone, another Kingston-based deejay. It was his mastery of the El Paso sound system that became Dillinger‘s model for developing his own unique vibe. It wasn’t until Dillinger adopted the unmistakable groove of the Channel One studio house band Revolutionaries, and the facilities’ technological advancements — which had been recently upgraded with a 16-track machine — that the artist began rise to the top of his craft. One huge factor was Lowell “Sly” Dunbar‘s ‘flying cymbal’ approach that spawned the ‘rockers’ revolution. Under the guidance of Dunbar (percussion) and Ossie Hibbert (keyboards), Dillinger cut several albums worth of material, taking full advantage of the comparatively modern Channel One with his first international release C.B. 200 (1977) — the make and model of his Honda motorcycle. Tucked within the tricky rhymes and seemingly effortless patois are strong and incisive observations of Western culture. Chiefly, the anti-drug anthem “Cokane in My Brain” — with a primary rhythm ironically adopted from the B.T. Express‘ hit “Do It (‘Til Your Satisfied).” The title and chorus are direct descendants of the North American “Cocaine Blues” folk ballad — as brought to prominence by Dave Van Ronk and then subsequently adapted as “Take a Whiff on Me” by the Byrds. However, Dillinger‘s call-and-response takes a direct aim on the New York lifestyle as the austere lyrics proclaim “No matter how I treat my guest/They always like my kitchen best/’Cause I’ve cocaine/Runnin’ around my brain” and “How do you spell New York?/ A knife, a fork, a bottle and a cork/That’s the way we spell New York.” Dillinger also explores other mid-’70s cultural icons, such as football [read: soccer] on the hazy mid-tempo “Natty Kick Like Lightning,” or more ‘Us vs. Them’ social commentary on “Buckingham Palace.” The lyrics describe the clash between the English crowned figureheads and the divine providence of the pro-ganja Rastas. Of note is the combined force of Dillinger and his deejay contemporary Trinity on the closer “Crankface.” The two parties would become fiercely competitive rivals in the ensuing years when Dillinger became the toaster of choice for the U.K.’s burgeoning punk community.


Side one
1.   C.B. 200   (2:37)
2.   No Chuck It   (2:56)
3.   Cocaine in My Brain   (2:47)
4.   The General   (3:00)
5.   Power Bank   (3:13)

Side two
1.   Plantation Heights   (2:57)
2.   Race Day   (3:58)
3.   Natty Kick Like Lightning   (2:31)
4.   Buckingham Palace   (4:14)
5.   Crankface   (2:42)

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