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The excellent soundtrack to the Discovery Kids-NBC TV show Darcy’s Wild Life (which, judging from its cover, appears to be some sort of takeoff on the famous reality show featuring Paris Hilton and Lionel Richie’s daughter milking Green Acres cows, except starring one Sara Paxton as the next Hilary Duff) includes impossibly summery covers of oldies by the Jackson Five, Shanice, and Katrina and the Waves, plus immortal oldies per se by Rufus Thomas, the Specials, and Chuck Brown & the Soul Searchers. The marketing of said program to the preteen set suggests that perhaps not only old white guys like me would opt for the sundry other rhythmic nostalgia below in this day and age.


DESMOND DEKKER

You Can Get It If You Really Want: The Definitive Collection

(Trojan/Sanctuary ’60s-’90s
ska reissue)

Stream “Honour
Your Mother and Father
” (Windows Media)

Stream “Parents
(Windows Media)

Stream “Pickney
Gal
” (Windows Media)


GRANDMASTER CAZ

“You Need Stitches: The Tuff City Sessions”: 1982-1988

(Ol’ Skool Flava/Tuff City
vinyl rap reissue)

Stream “You Need
Stitches
” (Windows Media)

Stream “Mr. Bill
(Windows Media)

Stream “I’m Caz
(remix)
” (Windows Media)


CHRIS ROCK

Never Scared

(Geffen
crunk-parodying comedy album)

Stream “Jacksons
Gone Wild
” (Windows Media)


U-ROY

This Is Crucial Reggae

(Trojan ’70s reggae-toasting
reissue)

Stream “Your
Ace from Space
” (Windows Media)

Stream “Everybody
Bawling
” (Windows Media)

Stream “The
Station Rule the Nation
” (Windows Media)


JACI VELASQUEZ

Beauty Has Grace

(Word/Curb/Warner Bros. Christian teenpop
album)

Stream “With All
My Soul
” (Windows Media)


YELLOWMAN

This Is Crucial Reggae

(Trojan ’80s reggae-toasting
reissue)

Stream “Party
(Windows Media)

Stream “Reggae
on the Move
” (Windows Media)

Stream “Yellow
Like Cheese
” (Windows Media)


DARCY’S WILD LIFE

(Take
a Walk
” by Sara Paxton (Windows Media)

Stream “I
Love Your Smile
” by Tiffany Evans (Windows Media)

Stream “Crazy
Kinda Crush on You
” by Nicholas Jonas (Windows Media)


FUNKY FUNKY NEW ORLEANS 4

(Funky Delicacies/Tuff City ’60s-’70s gumbo-funk
reissue compilation)

Stream “The Monkey
the Became President (part 1)
” by Brotherhood (Windows Media)

Stream “Funky
Jaws
” by Larry Jones (Windows Media)

Stream “Get On
Up
” by Chuck Conway and the Amars (Windows Media)

FUNKY FUNKY NEW ORLEANS 5

(Funky Delicacies/Tuff City ’60s-’70s gumbo-funk
reissue compilation)

Stream “Gun” by
Sam & the Soul Machine (Windows Media)

Stream “Bad
High
” by Louisiana Purchase (Windows Media)

Stream “The Monkey
the Became President (part 1)
” by Dirty D’ (Windows Media)


THE SISTERHOOD OF THE TRAVELING PANTS

(Columbia/Sony Music Soundtrax
teen-pop/female-singer-songwriter/crypto-Christian-red-state-rock
movie
soundtrack)

Stream “These
Days
” by Chantal Kreviazuk (Windows Media)

Stream “Unwritten
by Natasha Bedingfield (Windows Media)

Stream “Black
Roses Red
” by Alana Grace (Windows Media)


THIS IS CRUCIAL REGGAE: DJS

(Trojan ’60s-’70s
reggae-toasting reissue
compilation)

Stream “DJ
Choice
” by Dennis Alcapone (Windows Media)

Stream “Way
Down South
” by U-Roy (Windows Media)

Stream “Heavy
Manners
” by Prince Far I (Windows Media)


THIS IS CRUCIAL REGGAE: ROCK STEADY

(Trojan ’60s rock steady
reggae reissue
compilation)

Stream “Ba
Ba Boom
” by The Jamaicans (Windows Media)

Stream “Cry
Tough
” by Alton Ellis (Windows Media)

Stream “Travelling
Man
” by Techniques (Windows Media)


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