Ziggy Marley and The Melody Makers – Tumblin’ Down (written by Ziggy Marley and Tyrone Downe and produced by Chris Frantz, Tina Weymouth and The Melody Makers)
“Tublin’ Down” is definitely my favorite Ziggy single from our collection. Why might you ask? Because out of a tragedy, came an amazing collaboration.
Alex Sadin was scheduled to produce Marley’s Virgin debut but was killed in a fatal auto accident. So Talking Heads/Tom Tom Club members Chris Frantz and Tina Weymouth were given the production duties. A song written by Ziggy Marley and Tyrone Downe titled “Tumblin’ Down” was chosen as a single. Public Enemy producer Hank Shocklee was asked to remix the track. He mixed in segments of the Tom Tom Club’s 1982 number two R&B “Genius of Love” (at one point the most sampled song in history), which is one of my all-time favorite dance tracks in our catalogue.
“Here comes the eagle and the bear, fighting to control the lion’s domain” is such a resonating line from the song as well. It seems to be a persistent problem globally. Also, this single seems to be the last classic reggae sound, mixed with a trendy club vibe, before Ziggy went full out dance and other 90’s experimental dub.
I wasn’t much of a fan of Ziggy Marley, more into Damian and Bob, but the more I discover his career and music, the more I love him. This is such a fun surprise to play for your friends as they automatically recognize the sample, however can’t place the artist, but they always groove.
– Mr. Richard
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