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WETAYA SONG OF THE DAY: Max Romeo And The Upsetters – Chase The Devil

“Chase the Devil” is a reggae song, recorded in 1976 by Max Romeo, with the backing of Lee “Scratch” Perry’s house band, The Upsetters.

Composed by Perry and Romeo, “Chase the Devil” was released on the album War ina Babylon in 1976. Also in 1976, The Upsetters recorded a version with different lyrics. The track, called “Croaking Lizard” and credited to The Upsetters and Prince Jazzbo, was included in their album Super Ape. Later, Perry made a dub remix of both versions, called “Disco Devil”.

In a BBC interview recorded in 2010 Romeo describes the meaning of the song. He explains that the devil is everything negative in our minds, the iron shirt is our strength of spirit that allows us to cast out the devil.

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