Cruise International Records,
Allerton Grange Vale,
Hopeton Junior Whip Down The Wicked Man 7 inch vinyl
Hopeton Junior Whip Down The Wicked Man
Hopeton Junior tends to deal in some hard hitting topics as his ‘Living In The Ghetto’ demonstrates. ‘Whip Down the Wicked Man’, while dealing with the ‘Laws of Fairness’ as described in the Bible, is nevertheless characterised by an upbeat reggae backing giving the listener an irresistible urge to sway gently from side to side in time to it.
Underpinned by a prominent bass line, the rest of the instruments such as the busy percussion and twinkly keyboards are all spaced out in the mix giving the song an almost light and airy feel until – later in the track – the embellishments tail off a little as Junior goes into some lyrical doodling to finish things off.
The almost lighter touch of Junior’s vocal delivery with lots of ‘oohs’ and ‘ah-ha’s’ combined with the almost lighthearted backing make the subject matter ironically more hard hitting showing that there’s a serious meaning to the song behind the jocular beat.