As we are into our 40th year of existence as a band, we give thanks for each and every moment for the opportunity that was given to us by the Most High. Because we are totally aware that if it was not for H.I.M, there would never be a “Steel Pulse.”
Our first recognition on ‘centre stage,’ was our debut album, “Handsworth Revolution” (1978), which came at time when the UK was facing absolute turmoil in regards to the policies that were very much disenfranchising the first generation of blacks of post colonialism, stationed throughout the many pocketed communities in Britain. Already plagued with unemployment, there were laws and socially political issues that were not working in our favour. Having our limited outlets of entertainment under constant surveillance, along with the youths no longer accepting the “back seat” (so to speak), that was offered and accepted by our parents, and to top it all, the occasional police brutality…. it was only a matter of time for the lid to have been blown off that pressure cooker.
Steel Pulse predicted the sentiments of Handsworth Revolution at leastthree years before the very first riots kicked off in Bristol, back in 1981. HR became a landmark, a milestone; call it what you may, in the history and development of ‘Black Culture,’ in Britain. As a result the band played a significant role among the punk and new wave music that was sweeping across the country. Our lyrics and stance became part and parcel to the issues that the punks were lashing out against. it was at a time when being left winged and being an anarchist, was at its heights.
Today, we can see clearly how current and relevant those lyrics and ideologies of yesteryear have become. Now, do you see why I started out this blog by thanking the Most High, in the first place? In all honesty, the band never dreamed that the whole HR experience would have taken such a stronghold throughout the rest of the world. We could barely play our instruments when all this happened. Yet, we were eager to make a difference in our lives that we had hoped, would in turn, influence others.
We are looking forward to returning to the shores of England, after a very long hiatus to deliver this same album that created us, “live” in its entirety to the nation that was first in line to bear witness to such an enlightening experience. We sincerely hope that you can be present to join the masses that will be attending this walk down memory lane.
It’s a year today since one of the greatest voices from out of Jamaica, went on to sing exclusive for Jah…. William “Bunny Rugs” Clarke.
We tip our crowns to the legendary Third World band that have been among our selected influences. Cat, Ruption, Richie, Herbie, Rupert, A J Brown and anyone else we might have left out, keep up the solidarity my brethrens, ’cause the race is not for the swift but those who endure. In other words you are winners!!
I took in a very dynamic live performance by one of my favourite reggae bands, Dub Inc, coming from out of St Etienne, south east France. They performed at Ko Ko, in Camden, London, first night. This is a band worth investing your time in. Never a dull moment….
Bless up, Dub Inc! It was an honour to jam with you. May humbleness continue to be your forte.
On August 9, 1995 Jerome John “Jerry” Garcia passed on. Garcia performed with the Grateful Dead for their entire thirty-year career (1965–1995) as the lead guitarist, singer and songwriter. His creativity and vision led the band to its long and enduring success with fans across the world. Steel Pulse salutes his spirit. In respect, here is the Grateful Dead performing Franklin’s Tower:
I’ve been reflecting on Michael Jackson and his artistic legacy. He was a true son of music and a dedicated artist whose work we are only just beginning to appreciate. The Michael Jackson experience was a result of his passionate love for music, for dance, for truth and justice. It was Michael himself who said that he felt that art was the union of the physical with the spiritual.
Here is a clip of a rehearsal:
Michael truly was an unstoppable force, a talent few have ever seen in the world. When I see or hear the outtakes of his work, I feel a real sense of loss – for what might have been. Still, we are blessed to have had him trod with us at all.
This is a big shout out to all our fans, especially those that attended the show in Kauai, at the Kilohana Plantation. It is not often that Father’s Day and my birthday land on the same day. Nevertheless, we tried to make the most of it. Yes, we did.
From the moment we landed in Kauai, we were entertained Hawaiian style; serenaded by 4 beautifully spirited people. Some of us stopped behind and took pics.
Then there was the show, but prior to that, the band and crew chipped in on a watch that I have had my eye on, ever since we performed in Peru, a few months ago. Thanks bros and sister. That was a pleasant surprise. Not having a cake presented to me on stage this time round, was a surprise too. I guess I can’t have my cake and eat it. Now I have something to match my “redder than dread” outfit and my red “Ray Ban” sunglasses, that I’ve been sporting recently. But enough talk of material things.
Once again, many thanks to everybody on the Hawaiian islands that have supported the band through thick and thin throughout the years. We acknowledge there is now a new generation of Pulsers, since our first arrival, back in 1986.
And just as I am overcoming my jet-lag, we have to do a 180 degrees back to our designated countries, until we meet again.