musicology #300

JamaicanVocalGroupAction #11

(The Wailers -Cry To Me)

So…the day has finally arrived when ‘The Project’ is revealed. (Imgs Below)

Allow me to elucidate..Ever since I first clapped eyes and ‘pulled up’ for my first ‘statement Tee’, (shirt), back on a stall in Greenwich market as a sixteen year old, (1984), I have harboured a dream to design and produce screen prints that communicate a message. The one that spoke to me was the classic, (UK), Red and White Studio One Label, blown up and screen printed onto a plain white t-shirt. Nowdays it is not uncommon to see ‘Label Tees’ for all different genres but back then, (at least in London), it was fresh and new.

That Tee went everywhere with me and I always wore it with pride, connecting myself with the music and message of Ska, Rocksteady and Reggae. I still own and cherish that same Tee even though it has almost disintegrated and can’t be worn. So last year I decided to take the plunge and learn the art of screen printing. Essentially I am an ‘ideas man’ and my head and heart are full of tributes to Artists, Producers, Genres and even Songs, (among others), so the actual process of printing was neceesary to learn as I wanted to design, produce and provide authentic Tee Shirts that encapsulated the passion I have for Culture without dilution from external economic influences.

After 8 months I feel ready to share these ‘Tribute Tees’ with you and what better place to start than with the legendary Wailing Wailers who have had a major impact on themusicologist from my earliest days…

Available to order in Four ‘cuts’ and, (for now), Three Sizes, (Small / Medium / Large)

The 45, (Plain WhiteTee),  33, (Long Sleeve), Dubplate, (Bamboo&Organic Cotton), and The Sweat Shirt.

At the moment I am working on the most effective way to provide them online but for now the only way to make the transaction will be via my ebay account. It is more of a passion than a business but as we all know a man needs to make a living !! and this is the way I aim to do it by sharing a genuine passion for music, originality, style and culture wrapped up in the humble Tee or Sweatshirt…Feedback and Critique is most welcome, appreciated and valued.

The cut featured today is a song probably better known for the version on Marley’s Rastaman Vibration. But for themusicologist there is no comparison with this 1964? cut featuring the Wailers at their most effective and original. No doubt that as great as Bob Marley was he in no way overshadowed his two partners Bunny and Peter. This cut bears witness to that. Listening to this Trinity of cats harmonizing brings not only tears to my eyes but also joy to my ears and heart. The only downside is that it finishes….but at least it can be enjoyed for free and the message be spread far and wide.

Click on Images To See them in all their glory…


13 thoughts on “musicology #300

  1. Talk about strange (and synchronization)… This is my FIRST text using a notebook….. Apple we love ya!!!

    I”ll take a XXL sweatshirt if you please. Seriously, where’s he price list…..?


    1. quicks the word and sharps the action…always first off the blocks..hahahahahahaha forgot to add the Prices !!

      £12 – 45 Tee, (White ShortSleeve)
      £15 – 33 Tee, (White LongSleeve)
      £20 – Dubplate (Bamboo & Organic Cotton) the Guv’nor of Tees
      £35 – Sweatshirt


  2. I know the song but I have never heard it done
    so well! your so right about it being a trinity of harmonzing-hauntingly so- a fitting song with which to unveil the Tribute Tees, which are easy to access and look stunning – I’m going for a ‘sweat’ which I shall wear with pride!
    p.s. the new ‘widget’ format is an improvement..


    1. the Wailing Wailers of the many things for me about this cut is when it’s ‘compared’ to other Ska tunes of the era. I have never heard anything like it. Sounds and feels almost etheral…drifts like a song from the heavens but at the same time rises like a mountain from the deepest depths and even though I try, words can’t do it justice. Thanks for the encouragement.

      A sweat no less !! consider it done.


  3. great song which I dont remember hearing before ;
    tight harmonizing………will be playing this a few times.
    I fancy a dubplate in med ………be in touch about it


    1. supes…you know the version on Rastaman Vibration though?

      dubplate in medium…there’s a man who knows his clobber !!
      feels like air, hangs like silk…


  4. uncle musicologist just want to say that im always silently loving the constant giving of these wonderful tunes and stories …. the new player allowing uninterrupted listening whilst turning the pages of your diary and the descending order of tunes works really well for me
    as for the wailers sweat!!!!!!!!!! thankyou


    1. brother nigo…you are most welcome me auld china. the descending order works a treat…as for the Sweat…a pleasure


  5. Colours as shown… or what?

    Sizes… American, British, Italian or the European norm (I was in the Rag-Trade once). By the way, only joking about my size… I’m a medium chest an’ length-wise but a large around the darby…. if ya know what I mean.

    Oh, and can I pay by cheque Sir!!


    1. the ‘darby’….hahahahahahaha know what you mean. I would say they are all American Sizes. You can pay however it suits you via my ebay or Paypal account. I’ll let you know the exact details over the next day or two.

      I Appreciate the support, (and that goes for all the buyers), silent or otherwise.



    2. As for colours…On this Tee it’s only Purple & White, (although there will be opportunities in the future for bespoke !!)


  6. Congrats to the musicologist for this Tantalising taste of tasty T’ee’s to come.

    Is there gonna be a T-Bone Walker Tee

    or a T nah ne Nah Smiley Lewis T

    or even a Willie Tee, Tee

    Looking Good



    1. hahahahahahahaha..have to do them now..
      can’t decide on which one to do first though !!
      which one would you like to see?
      thanks for the encouragement and the Ideas…


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