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Mento Mood: The Jolly Boys

Friday, February 25, 2011

They were the hippest thing on the island of Jamaica in the late '50s, when Errol Flynn gave them their name. Flynn is long gone, but The Jolly Boys remain, and nearly 55 years later, they might still be the hippest thing on the island of Jamaica. Their latest album features covers of songs by The Clash, Iggy Pop and Amy Winehouse done in the pre-reggae style known as mento. Check out their performance of the song “Emmanuel Road” live in The Greene Space.


The Jolly Boys

Comments [5]

R. Califa

Love Mento Music it is timeless music by seasoned folks - and ya know Jamaica bring the spices...Bless up da Jolly Boys EARTHSTRONG!

Feb. 25 2011 03:20 PM
Vinny from Manalapan, NJ

Sorry, gotta disagree with others here. They just ruined Riders On The Storm for me.

Feb. 25 2011 02:28 PM
Steve from Astoria

Wonderful! Heard the Boys live 20 years ago, they sound as fresh and animated as ever. Live long! Long live the Jolly Boys!

Feb. 25 2011 02:22 PM

The live video feed doesn't seem to be working.

Feb. 25 2011 02:19 PM
Craig from West Orange

Great stuff, these guys are cool.
Woudl they have been considered "Rude Boys" like the early ska bands?

Feb. 25 2011 02:17 PM

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