Gavin Greig (ggreig) wrote,
Gavin Greig

RIP Smiley Culture

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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