Friday, October 07, 2016

Jamaican Halloween Spooktacular 2016 - Track Five - Duppy Story

Short and sweet today... This is one of the records I've been sitting on for years and finally after festering away in the duppy box for countless seasons, it has emerged from its sleeve to seek its horrible and devastating vengeance!  Of course I may be exaggerating because this is a pretty sweet duppy tune.  I wasn't able to find anything about the Stone Brothers but "Duppy Story" was recorded with the Sun Shot Band doing the backing in 1975 and released on Phil Pratt's Sunshot label.  And like a lot of tunes devoted exclusively to duppies it follows the familiar lyrical pattern of Derrick Morgan's "Father Killam" from years before.  The story is pretty much the same... a duppy is causing problems, an obeahman is sent in to stop it, he sets up an elaborate ritual to exorcise the ghost and ends up getting jacked-up by the spirit who laughs at his ridiculous beliefs or perceived powers in dealing with the supernatural.  You know folks?  A typical duppy story with my usual brand of spooky embellishments.  Have a great weekend folks - the Spooktacular picks back up on Monday!

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