Thursday, June 28, 2012

Don't Go Nowhere  



 Rock Candy Records was another small imprint out of New York that was putting out some funk and as the eighties progressed some early hip hop records. There isn't that much information out there on the company and I only have this one record by The Paragons but I know there are a handful of other 12"s off the label floating around out there. Rock Candy would go on to sponsor Scott La'Rock and KRS One, and there is a short mention of them in Brian Coleman's 'Oral History Of 80's Hip Hop' :

 Crossing the Willis Avenue Bridge, Scott found an ad in the newspaper for an upstart, do-everything entertainment company called Rock Candy Records and Filmworks. They fished through their pockets, found some change and a pay phone, and called. As Scott got directions to their office, Kris scribbled a B-boy character holding a radio. That sketch became the logo for B-Boy Records, the label Rock Candy entrusted them to found.

The Paragons who recorded this record might be the very same Paragon's who appeared on so many sweet male vocal group reggae 45's during the same period, I wouldn't be surprised, but can't say for sure as no names on this 12" release seem to match up, but elements of the production are the same even though this is a proto house tinged modern soul recording..

The Paragons with The Love Machine Orch. - Don't Go Nowhere 

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  • June 28, 2012 at 1:52 AM  

    Probably not the original reggae Paragons, most notable for the original version of "The Tide Is High", as they featured John Holt and Bob Andy, who were both solo by the time the 80s came around, though it could have been a knock-off group without the two stars of the original version. Kind of like the crazy awful version of Thin Lizzy I saw on TV the other night. Pee-Ew.


  • June 28, 2012 at 1:58 AM  

    Here is a link to the Trojan site, with a pretty comprehensive history of the Jamaican Paragons.

    http://www.trojanrecords.com/artists/p/the-paragons

    By the way: I've gotten way too far off topic. This jam is great. Thanks for posting it.


  • July 26, 2012 at 8:58 PM  

    ouuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuu <3


  • January 6, 2013 at 1:54 PM  

    Man, all your posts are like butter. Thanks a lot. Saludos.