The Turtles - I'm Chief Kamanawanalea (Chief Rocca Edit) / Steady B - Serious (BDP 12" Remix)

Written by  | 22 March 2016

I was in Singapore a year or so back in an amazing record store going through the substantial shelves of 45s "when suddenly" I chanced upon the picture cover of the 1989 pressing of "Serious" - But of course it contained a completely different record inside. Collectors of golden era Hip hop 45s will know that this release is in hot demand, doesn't surface all that often, and when it does you can expect to pay into the hundreds. Spurred on by this teaser in my hands I continued combing the 45 racks (Of which took up half the store). Minutes later I hit a similar snag: A misplaced Roxanne Shante picture cover with a Pat Benatar "Love is a Battlefield" vinyl inside. And then minutes after than the vinyl for the Roxanne Shante record tuned up in an original "900 Number" picture cover.. and so began this long game of cat and mouse where I was matching picture covers with misplaced vinyls - all incredible classic Hip Hop joints that are hard to come by. I left the store hours later with a booty of 45 treasures in my hands - But still to this day the memory of that Steady B cover taunts me. I never found that record.

Fast forward to present day and I'm still having anxiety attacks about that digging adventure in Singapore. My therapist has advised me to put it behind me. We listen to Steady B records and discuss how he was just a good for nothing two-bit hustler anyway, but deep down inside me I lament on my near miss experience. Ok, I've taken the story a little too far - I don't have a therapist, but I do still have nightmares about records in the wrong covers, and had just got used to the fact that I'll probably never own that Steady B track on 45. Well, that was until the postman turned up today with a mystery package. I must admit my heart skipped a beat as I peeled back the packaging and saw that same iconic overalls wearing cartoon character that adorns the Steady B picture sleeve. I was staring at the latest release from those secret squirrels at "Originals" - You know, the label that has consistently been releasing dope golden era joints B-sided with the original sample (Well, actually it's the other way around). The label has notched up about thirty three releases so far, with the early ones being in very high demand due to their limited runs.

So, with this release I finally get my mittens on that essential Steady B track that has eluded me. I don't care that it's not the 1989 pressing - Infact, the flip side on this pressing makes it an even more compelling acquisition: A great edit of the Turtles breakbeat anthem "I'm Chief Kamanawanalea" which provides *some* of the sample source material to Steady B. I guess the other option could have been the Dr John track "Right Place Wrong Time" (Which provides the other drum break used in the DJ Doc production of "Serious"), and I'm kinda glad the guys at Originals didn't go this route as that particular track has already seen a recent remix release on 45. Besides, The Turtles lay on the drum breaks thick which makes owning double copies of this release totally essential (as is the case with most if not all releases on this label).

Keep your eyes peeled for this release, due any day now.

Shan Frenzie

Shan Frenzie

Australian based deejay, radio presenter for 2SER FM, record collector, and chief rocker of Hip Hop, Soul, Funk, Disco and everything inbetween.

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