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RIP Smiley Culture

March 15th, 2011 (11:45 pm)
current location: KY16 8SX

Smiley Culture has died of a stab wound as police visited his house to make an arrest.

I don’t know what happened and where fault might lie, and I'll leave that for the justice system to sort out as best it can. Meanwhile, I remember Smiley Culture for a couple of brilliant singles back in the ‘80s: Cockney Translation and Police Officer.

I might not fit your expectation of Smiley Culture’s audience, but I appreciated the sharpness and humour of his toasting, like a lot of other people at the time. These weren’t big hits, but they were memorable ones for those who picked up on them. I also loved the use of language. If, like me, you’re not from either of Smiley Culture’s backgrounds, then it may take a bit of work to follow what he’s saying, but it’s worth the effort.

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Posted by: meepfrog (meepfrog)
Posted at: March 16th, 2011 12:10 am (UTC)

I hadn't heard of him, but I like The Cockney translation

Posted by: Gavin Greig (ggreig)
Posted at: March 16th, 2011 12:15 am (UTC)
Young

Glad you liked Cockney Translation.

Not sure whether you heard Police Officer at its best - I posted the official video first of all, but discovered the end of the story was cut off, so I've replaced it with an alternative that doesn't have the visuals, but does have all the words.

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