PA Vol. 28: Talking About Marley's Legend

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PA (short for "Profound Assholes") is a series on SpeedontheBeat.com where I have a no-punches-pulled conversation with a friend about a hot-button issue (yay cliches!). That friend is usually none other than Drizzle Sez formerly of DrizzleSez.wordpress.com, who co-created the PA format (go check out his site. It's still live and still kicks much ass to this day). Today, we discuss Bob Marley and the Wailers and the Legend CD. 



Speed: So, have you gotten enough folks to begin your second Indie Showcase?

Drizzle: Nah, not yet. 

Speed: I mean, I'm not rushing or anything. I'm just wondering if my calls to action for artists to not be, to paraphrase Ronda Rousey, do-nothing bitches were actually working?

(Drizzle and Speed laugh)

Speed: Damn. I guess folks really are scared or something. As an aside, you see Ronda's bodypaint picture?

Drizzle: Nope. Not going that route.

Speed: Fine. I'm probably gonna post it anyway right...about...here.

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There's something for your fap bank, readers. But, this must be what it feels like to be, at least and probably less blasphemous than actually saying God, someone like the AVGN or the Nostalgia Critic. Like, having people shake in fear over what you're about to shit on, even though you're doing it as a legit, albeit funny, critique. And even if it isn't full-out shit, you still have people fearing it because you've been known for tearing the world a new asshole every once in a while. There is one difference, though. Aside from when we talk about, say, racists--

Drizzle: That reminds me. Was the "lost" PA the one we did about Trump and his Muslim policies?

Speed: Yeah...

Drizzle: Dammit! That was a good one. One of these days, and soon, we'll have to recreate that one.

Speed: True. But as I was saying. Aside from when we talk about racists or irrelevant folks trying to stay relevant, we usually don't get dumbfounded over "shitloads of fuck." But, like, fucking hell, man! What do I've gotta do? It's not like we're just up here spouting BS. I feel some of these artists, especially indie folks, they want nothing but yes men around them and talking about them. It's kind of one of those things that makes folks do irrelevant shit in an attempt to stay relevant. Sorry, not sorry.

Drizzle: Fair. BUT! I've been jamming to the Legend album today.

Speed: What "Legend" album?

Drizzle: Bob's, of course.

Speed: It's a GOAT album, through and through.


Drizzle: Indeedness.

Speed: Marley is a genius that, somehow, to me, still feels slightly underrated.

Drizzle: ...how is he underrated, Speed? There's literally, not figuratively, a group of people who worship him as a physical god.

Speed: That's true. But, it's kind of how, like, some folks only know Akira for "KANEDA!!!" and the bike scene. They're both revered and celebrated. But, some, they only know and understand the highlights. Everyone should be worshiping Marley's greatness. That's even if they're not saying he's God-like or a god. I don't know, I feel that folks have started to associate Marley more with "One Love" and ganja than everything else he represents and encompasses. Ya know, commercialism taking his image and appropriating it--

Drizzle: Alright. But, "One Love" was gospel reggae, too (Drizzle laughs).

Speed: Yeah. I don't know. Feels like he still doesn't get the full-out adulation he probably deserves. And, you know me. I'm not like that about many artists, even if they have large, legendary, even cult-like followings.

Drizzle: I mean, Bob was just too for real in his music.

Speed: This is true.

Drizzle: And he sung, literally, about whatever he wanted.


Speed: Yeah. He had no problems just putting everything out there. From activism to chilling, from love to religion, to sensuality...shit, man. He's a GOAT artist, bottom line. They don't really make them like him much any more.

Drizzle: And the entire album and discography is all tasty-ass jams.

Speed: Fuck yeah, man. He's amazing. And, I don't think he can be replicated. Like, at all. No offense to his amazing children. But, even they haven't been able to fully match their father's amazingness.

Drizzle: Well, just about anyone who tries to recreate Marley and his energy? They and the music aren't free. I mean, his music was basically about freedom. The primary beauty of Bob's music was that it was freedom. And it was thoughtful--

Speed: Catchy, too--

Drizzle: He believed in himself and we believed in him.

Speed: We believed in the Bob who believed in himself--and the people.

Drizzle: I see what you did there. The idea, though, that thirty-two years after Legend was dropped, it's still good? Music isn't made like that anymore.

Speed: Granted, though...Legend was more of a greatest hits album in some ways. But, it really was GREATEST hits.

Drizzle: But, Speed. You've gotta remember. Albums were a newer concept back then.

Speed: True. A lot of albums, across genres, were still either a couple of songs long or nothing but four singles and a bunch of reprises of those singles' themes. For instance, like, The Temptations. Now, David Ruffin is an amazing talent and one of my favorite artists from his era. However, many Temps albums lacked a real "album" feel, at least as we know the word today.

Drizzle: Yep. But, here? We've a "Best of" album and it goes.

Speed: And goes harder than a lot of actual albums, then and now.

Drizzle: The problem with "Best of" albums is that they tend to lack any real direction or coherence, really. But, for music that's based on and around freedom? That's a helpful thing--

Speed: Beat me to it. But, yeah. If the music is based on freedom and love and the like, those things? They know no real shackles or restraints.

Drizzle: Which means one thing about Legend. Every song is good. Every...last...one.

Speed: Like I said. It's a "greatest hits" album full of the greatest "hits" (Speed "air quotes" as he says "hits"). Now, the air quotes are for one reason. It's to symbolize that not every song on the album was originally a flat-out blockbuster. However, after people fully began to entirely appreciate Marley's genius and freedom, I feel they became such.

Drizzle: I feel that. Between 1972 and 1984, when Legend was released, there was a compilation of music that was good. Why? Bob never cared about the charts. He didn't go and change his style up just to push tracks. Win, lose, or draw, Bob Marley just kept being Bob Marley.

Speed: And that's why he's gained the following he has. He stayed true. He spoke of love, freedom, and redemption. And, again, he stayed true.

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