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The Twinkle Brothers

It seems as though the Twinkle Brothers have been around since the beginning of time, or at least the beginning of reggae. Led by Norman Grant, the Twinkles began in the early '60s as a trio featuring Grant and his two brothers singing in a slick trio style similar to that of the Melodians and the Mighty Diamonds. In the early '70s, the group hooked up with the influential producer and arranger Bunny Lee, a union that produced a number of reggae hits including "We Can Do It Too" and "Miss Laba Laba." In 1975, the Twinkles released their best and most widely known record, Rasta Pon Top, a rasta-infused, roots-heavy demi-masterpiece that included soul and gospel vocal stylings within the deep grooves. Although hardcore reggae audiences were the principal fans of the Twinkle Brothers, Grant and company were consistently releasing chart-topping records. As much as this brought great success to the band, it also created a significant amount of friction, as Grant began seeing himself more as a solo act and less as a member of a trio. This culminated in Grant's pursuit of a solo career as more of a MOR soul singer. It wasn't an awful decision by any stretch of the imagination, but his solo work wasn't nearly as good as what the Twinkles had been doing.

As if relations within the rest of the Twinkles weren't strained enough, in a bizarre move, Grant joined the popular band Inner Circle in 1981 following the death of the group's original lead singer, Jacob "Killer" Miller, one year earlier. It seemed that the career of the Twinkle Brothers was becoming secondary. But, as has been the case throughout their career, the Grant brothers seemed to excel at mending fences, and within no time, the Twinkle Brothers were back. Though their records are quite hard to find (many of them released on their own Twinkle label), they have recorded some intriguing music. During the mid-'90s, they traveled to Poland (where their records apparently sell very well) to record with the folksinging Trebunia Family. What sounded like an unlikely union in fact yielded a great though widely unknown record, Twinkle Inna Poland Style. Then again, serving up the extraordinary has become a Twinkle Brothers trademark. ~ John Dougan
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Selected Discography

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Track List: Culture Defender

1. Culture Defender

2. Our National Hero

3. Offend Them!

4. Dont Be Selfish

5. Unhappy People

6. Repent

7. Bun Dem Constitution

8. Wishful Thinking

9. Get Weh Wid It!

10. Dub Of Action

11. Hero In Dub

12. The Dub Hurts

13. Currupt Minds Dub

14. 400 Million Dub

15. Negus Call You (Instrumental)

16. Dub Dem Constitution

17. Villa’s In Europe Dubwise

18. Get Weh (Instrumental)

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Track List: Praises To The King

1. Praises To The King

2. The King Dub

3. I Will Always Praise Jah

4. I Will Forever Dub

5. Stomp It Out

6. Stomp It Dub

7. Judgement

8. Judgement Dub

9. Organise Yourself

10. Organise Dub

11. Warrior

12. Warrior Dub

13. Hard Working Woman

14. Working Dub

15. Oh Jah

16. Jah Dub

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Track List: The Youthful Warrior

1. Skim Off All The Gravy

2. Get Behind Me Satan

3. Just One Man

4. I Won't Surrender

5. Warrior Attack

6. Jah Is The Love

7. The Youthful Warrior

8. Easy Come Easy Go

9. Let Us Give Thanks

10. Never Get Me Down

11. This Is My Humble Prayer

12. Humble Prayer Dub

13. I Won't Surrender Dub

14. Skim Off All The Gravy Dub

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Track List: New Songs For Jah

1. New Song For Jah

2. New Song For Jah (Version)

3. Be Hold

4. Be Hold (Version)

5. Evil Doers

6. Evil Doers (Version)

7. Let Us Sing

8. Let Us Sing (Version)

9. Go To Hell

10. Go To Hell (Version)

11. Concrete Floor

12. Concrete Floor (Version)

13. Weep Not

14. Weep Not (Version)

15. Wrong Train

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Track List: Enter Zion

1. I

2. Informa

3. Enter Zion

4. Zion Dub

5. One Little Girl

6. Change Your Ways

7. Your Oil Runs Out

8. Home In Zion

9. Get Trap

10. No Loving Tonight

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Track List: Underground

1. The World Was One

2. Underground

3. Set Some Example

4. Battlefield

5. Ghetto Life

6. African Nation Come Together

7. War Is Not The Answer

8. Hell Break Loose

9. Sodom & Gomorrah

10. It Was A Vision I Had

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Track List: Kilamanjaro

1. The System

2. Zulu Dawn

3. All Things

4. Mermer Not

5. Kilamanjoro

6. My Girl

7. Come We Go Party

8. Famine

9. Melancholy

10. Gully

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Track List: Heart To Heart: Twinkle Love Songs Part Three

1. Memories

2. Just Another Way

3. Heart To Heart

4. I Will Never Get Tired

5. Darling Don't You Worry

6. Don't Play With My Love

7. How Could I Ever Lie To You

8. Our Love Is Sacred

9. Please Forgive Me

10. Humming Bird

11. All The Bills Are Paid

12. All The Bills Are Paid Dub

13. This Kind Of Chemistry

14. This Kind Of Chemistry (Dub)

15. My Heart Is Aching

16. My Heart Is Aching (Dub)

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Track List: Final Call

1. The African Cry

2. It's Only Rasta

3. African People Going Home

4. The Elements

5. Is God Justice Or Love?

6. The Final Call

7. The Final Dub

8. Serve With Honesty

9. Devil's Advocate

10. Devil's Advocate (Dub)

11. Seeds & Teels

12. Confession

13. Time Is Running Out

14. Time Is Running Out (Dub)

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Track List: Chant Down Babylon

1. Chant Down Babylon

2. Take Heed

3. Invasion

4. A New World Order

5. Destruction

6. Peace & Unity

7. Pay Me

8. Everlasting Love

9. You're The One

10. Don't Blame Them

11. Have Mercy Jah

12. Prayer For The Government

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Track List: Dub Feeding Program (Dub Massacre Pt. 6)

1. What Is It Dub

2. Such Is Life Dub

3. Blood Is On Their Hands Dub

4. You're Bound Dub

5. Lament Of Dub

6. Have Mercy Jah Dub

7. Signs Of The Time Dub

8. Can't Stop Dub

9. Eastern Standard Time Dub

10. S**t A Bush Dub

11. African War Dance

12. World Dominion Dub

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Track List: Don't Forget Africa

1. Don't Forget Africa

2. Human Independent

3. Jah Will Set You Free

4. The Vat Man

5. Walk Better Than Sitdown

6. What Do You Want

7. The Reality Of Jah Kingdom

8. The Sabbath Day

9. Speak The Truth

10. Everything I Do - I Do It For Jah

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Track List: Babylon Rise Again

1. The Heathen Rage

2. Jah Gifts Of Love

3. Praise His Name

4. Massacre In Zaire Congo

5. Torment

6. Babylon Rise Again

7. Mount Zion

8. Burning Fire

9. His Mercy Endureth Forever

10. Deliver Me

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Track List: Rasta Pon Top

1. Give Rasta Praise

2. Natty Dread Up Town

3. Jah-Jah Gonna Get You

4. Barabas

5. Rasta Pon Top

6. Beat Them Jah-Jah

7. African Liberation

8. Different Kind Of World

9. Big Bam Bam

10. It Gwine Dreada

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Track List: Me No You

1. Me No You - You No Me

2. Make Every One Happy

3. Stealing

4. Africa For Africans

5. Dub

6. Longing For You

7. Constipated People

8. Stomach Sick

9. Trouble De Yah

10. Beautiful Jamaica

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Saw the Twinkle Brothers at the Keystone in Palo Alto in 1982. I hadn't even heard of Bob Marley.
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