Wet Dream

Album: Wet Dream (1968)
Charted: 10
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  • As the title suggests, the subject of this song is nocturnal emissions; "Wet Dream" is an uptempo reggae number; a genré that is not noted for strong melodies, but this is a rare exception. It is a pity that it is wasted on such lyrics. Unsurprisingly it was a hit in Romeo's native Jamaica where the population were more candid about such matters than in Britain, even during the "Swinging '60s." The only really notable thing about this record is that it was equally unsurprisingly banned from airplay by the BBC when it was released in Britain. It is one of a number of records mentioned in passing in the March 11, 1972 issue of Melody Maker which was concerned primarily with a similar ban for an entirely different reason on the MacCartney composition "Give Ireland Back To The Irish."
  • In January 2007, when Max Romeo was interviewed by the leading Jamaican newspaper the Gleaner, he was unrepentant, and claimed that he had started the sexual revolution. The song had played twice on BBC radio he said, until some Jamaicans had called in and reported it. All the same it had stayed on the British charts for 22 weeks. When asked why he had recorded the song, the "original rude boy of reggae" replied "The devil made me do it."

    Three decades and more later its explicitness devoid of the mandatory F word sounds remarkably tame alongside such songs as GNR's "One In A Million" with its overt references to fornication, sodomy and AIDS. >>
    Suggestion credit:
    Alexander Baron - London, England, for above 2
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