Jazzie B's 1980s: From Dole to Soul
The Soul II Soul frontman tells his tale of the 1980s, an against-the-odds story of a young black British musician and entrepreneur in a time of radical social change.
The Soul II Soul frontman tells his Back to Life tale of the decade, an against-the-odds story of a young black British musician and entrepreneur in a time of mass unemployment and radical social change.
The decade saw him progress from a teen targeted by the law, with his own reggae sound system he took round London on a bus, to international superstar, as Soul II Soul topped the charts in the UK and in America, with a fashion line that sold from Camden Town to the world.
In the decade defined by image, Jazzie created his own unique style, the Funki Dred, the first black British street style, and a Soul II Soul fashion brand 'before we knew what branding was'. He achieved this with the aid of the Tories' Enterprise Allowance Scheme, whilst running his business and sound system as a collective at a time of rampant individualism. They helped forge a British multicultural identity as a generation of Thatcher's unwanted kids turned their music and art, through warehouse parties and pirate radio, into a positive statement of unity and style. Their album Club Classics Vol One and singles topped the charts worldwide by the end of the decade.
With Lenny Henry, Ian Wright, Viv Richards, Tony Hadley, Lord Tebbit, DJs Trevor Nelson, Judge Jules and Norman Jay, Caron Wheeler (singer, Soul II Soul), Caryn Franklin (founder, i-D Magazine) and Sheryl Garratt (editor, The Face).
Timings (where shown) are from the start of the programme in hours and minutes
Food For Thought
The RAH Band
King Tubby Meets the Rockers Uptown
In the Air Tonight
Prince Far I & The Arabs
The Right Way
Adam and the Ants
Kings Of The Wild Frontier
To Cut A Long Story Short
Mama Used To Say
Chant No. 1 (I Don't Need This Pressure On)
Police And Thieves
Booker T. & The MG’s
The Valentine Brothers
Money's Too Tight (To Mention)
Papa's Got A Brand New Pigbag
Sweet Dreams (Are Made Of This)
Sweet Power of Your Embrace
Fun Boy Three & Bananarama
It Ain't What You Do...
59 Times the Pain
Turn at 25th
Little Child Runnin' Wild
African Music Machine
Black Water Gold
I Know You Got Soul
Pet Shop Boys
Maceo & The Macks
Cross The Tracks
Never Gonna Give You Up
You'll Never Stop Me Loving You
Philip Bailey & Phil Collins
Everybody Loves The Sunshine
I Believe In Miracles
I'm In Love With A German Film Star
I Don't Know What It Is But It Sure Is Funky
Soul II Soul
Soul II Soul, Caron Wheeler
Back To Life (However Do You Want Me)
|Executive Producer||Paul Bullock|
|Executive Producer||Ryan Minchin|