Tenor Saw & Some of Reggae’s Influence

I’ve always been subtly influenced by Reggae – often without even knowing it. Being drawn to artists/bands such as The Police, Sublime, Joe Strummer… it’s really interesting finding out where their influences came from.

The vault of greatness:
Tenor Saw passed 3 years after this performance. He was a dance hall singer in the 80s and one of the most influential singer/performers of the early digital reggae era. His best-known song was the 1985 hit “Ring The Alarm” below.

For more music : http://www.discogs.com/artist/Tenor+Saw

Reggae’s used to define most types of Jamaican music following on the development of ska and rocksteady.
Many artists have been influenced by Tenor, specifically Sublime and Supercat to name a few.

The history of ska is typically divided into three periods:
1)The original Jamaican scene of the 1960s.
2)The English ska revival of the late 1970s which was a fusion of Jamaican ska rhythms and melodies with punk rock’s more aggressive guitar chords and lyrics.
3)The third wave ska movement, which started in the 1980s and rose to popularity in the US in the 1990s. No Doubt, for example.

I always wondered where my attraction to punk music came from – I knew it wasn’t the screaming or the often defiant behavior (not pointing any fingers). It was the under-lying Jamaican ska rhythms and melodies.
The Specials, The Clash, Rancid, Mighty Mighty Bosstones.
A few of my favorites…
Rancid – Time Bomb

The Clash – Straight To Hell (Every time I hear M.I.A’s Paper Planes I think of the beginning of this song……..)


9 thoughts on “Tenor Saw & Some of Reggae’s Influence

  1. I’l admit I was never a big fan of Raggae or Ska. I really enjoy No Doubt, The Clash, and The Might Might Bosstones though. It’s fun, active, energetic music that makes you want get moving and dancing and singing along.

    It’s sound is completely unique too and while I’m not a huge fan of the genre I could probably pick it out of a lineup with little trouble. It’s something I’d like to hear at a party or get-together than listening alone at home. It’s definitely social music that invites interaction and energy from the listener. I bet their concerts are amazing.

  2. Seleana says:

    Thank you for sharing these with us. I do have to say I have always liked reggae and punk, so maybe that’s the connection. Thank you for sharing all your musical wisdom. I really like your blog.

    Much love

  3. Karola says:

    I love The Clash! And I love you! :)
    I`m waiting for share another songs with us :)
    Sorry for mistakes in my english.
    Greetings from Poland!

  4. B. says:

    you`re great. and you know good music apart from doing it. many stars right now are making only for the trend. it`s great to know there are some ( with you on top) musicians that write truth not some meanless songs

  5. Fidel Z says:

    Hi Alexz,Very impressive that you know of Tenor Saw.I have him on my mp3 along with your music of course.I’m a huge fan of indie music artist.I stumbled across your music by way of Smallville,you were great as Saturn Girl and i was drawn to your speech pattern(i know it sounds weird)but when i found out that you sang as well i was immediately hooked on your singing voice and the way it blends with the compilation of beats and guitar sounds.I gave up on mainstream music a long time ago,it’s too commercialized and not original,just programmed for the dumbmasses to absorb.People don’t realize that they are being told what to like,and the human mind is so impressionable that they fall for it.Well i refuse to be told what to like by big conglomerate record companies and i can hear the originality in your music.Keep the good music coming and don’t ever compromise your style because your style is amazing.

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