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Eek-A-Mouse

Ludicrous, bizarre, and uniquely original, few DJs have made such a splash in the dancehall scene than Eek-A-Mouse. An artist who in any other country would have been a one-hit wonder, in Jamaica became a household name having invented a whole new vocal style, sing-jay, flooding the airwaves with his catch phrases and going on to become a respected toaster. Eek-A-Mouse didn't start out as a novelty act. He was born Ripton Hilton in 1957 in Kingston, Jamaica, and his first foray into the music world was as a cultural roots singer.

While barely out of his teens and still in college, Hilton released two singles in the mid-'70s, "My Father's Land" and "Creation," to an apathetic public. Not discouraged, the young man continued plugging away, DJing for a variety of sound systems while also releasing occasional singles, all under his real name. To his friends, however, he was known as Eek-A-Mouse. A rather cruel jab, for that was the name of the losing racehorse Hilton kept throwing his money away on; of course as so often happens, the one time he declined to bet was the sole time the obstreperous equine won. The name stuck and by 1979, the singer decided a change was in order, and placed his musical fortune on this new moniker. That year, Eek-A-Mouse went into the studio with producer Joe Gibbs and walked out with the sizeable hit "Once a Virgin." His follow-ups in 1980, "Wa-Do-Dem" and "Modelling Queen," were equally successful, while the Bubble Up Yu Hip album, produced by Linval Thompson, proved that a growing share of Jamaicans were taken by the Mouse experience.

Before the year was out, the artist had joined forces with producer Junjo Lawes and remixer Scientist. Backed by the Roots Radics, Eek cut "Virgin Girl" and "Noah's Ark," before having another go at "Wa-Do-Dem." The latter did the trick and Eek-A-Mouse had arrived with a sound so unlike any other, equal parts singing, DJing, and disconcerting Oriental-esque weirdness, that soon all of the island was raving about the rodent. He was the toast of Reggae Sunsplash in 1981, his bubbling lunacy providing a cathartic release to a festival otherwise in mourning for Bob Marley. "Biddy biddy beng" roiled out across the crowd, and the audience shouted it back as one, instantly cementing the syllables as the catchprase of the new decade. Eek saw out the year with the holiday hit, "Christmas A-Come."

1982 was the year of the Mouse, with a litter of smash singles including "Wild Like a Tiger," "For Hire and Removal," "Do You Remember," and "Ganja Smuggling," and the seminal album Wa Do Dem, rounding up most of the hits and more. With "Operation Eradication," Eek proved there was a thinking man inside the mouse costume on a single inspired by the tragic vigilante killing of close friend and fellow DJ Errol Scorcher. A rabid appearance at Reggae Sunsplash was also captured on tape and released in 1984. Skidit appeared before the year closed and although it was less hit-driven than its predecessor, was just as strong nonetheless. More smash singles followed in 1983, while Mouse and the Man proved to be another classic set. Again produced by Linval Thompson and backed by the Roots Radics, this remains one of the artist's masterpieces. The following year's Mouseketeer, produced by Junjo Lawes, included several hits, while also taking on contemporary issues and finally answering fans' number one question on "How I Got My Name."

In 1985, Eek began working with producers Anthony and Ronald Welch, for whom he recorded the Assassinator album, which was his U.S. debut. It was a rather depressing and violent affair thematically, although even the most serious subjects have a comic irony under the artist's oddball delivery. Surprisingly, or not, Eek's international audience was found amongst the rock crowd. Which explains why The King and I, also released that year, was recorded in the U.K. with producer Cliff Carnegie. But it was on 1988's wittily titled Eek-A-Nomics that the DJ began seriously courting this new audience. Bolstered by the hit single "Freak," a version of the Addams Family theme song, Eek signed to the Island label the following year and even grabbed a role in the film New Jack City. The U-Neek album was the pinnacle of cross-pollination between reggae and rock, highlighted by a cover of Led Zeppelin's own Hindenberg attempt at reggae, "D'Yer Maker." The album also spawned the hit single "You're the One I Need." Unfortunately, this was to be Eek's first and last album for Island. It wasn't until 1996 that a new full-length, Black Cowboy, appeared. ~ Jo-Ann Greene, Rovi
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You knw SALINAS be down with you bra! All day valley roots......
binglish
EEEEEEEEEEEE E E E E E E E E E E E E E E E E E E E K ! ! ! ! !
WE LUV U, MON!!!
Visions of locksmice boogie in our dreams...... . .
I thank Almighty God 4 u, Brother Mouse.
May His blessings be upon u 4EVER!!! :-D
VSOG.
stullis1
Pure originality. .
The baddest mouse of them all.
Love Eek a mouse wish they played more of him in south carolina
emmettgish
ya man right stupid lyrics
Thats RIGHT!
The mouse
damm havint heared eek a mouse since i seen or him in santa cruz ca at the catalist alog with the cloudes smoke
The last time I talked with eek-a -mouse he was in NewYork, performing at the Red Oni on. ♥♥♥♥
When is Eek-A-Mouse coming to D.C.? Haven't seen him since the summer of 87 @ the old 9:30 club. Love his unique style!
This song is so bad a**! ♥♥♥
Whoa! I jst got brain rush.. But never miss a beat yeah baby !!!!
bong bong biddy bong bong biddy bong bong biddy bong bong biddy... :-D
I love weed tooooooooo
Eek a mouse smoke me out.....E.L. A . Always bump eek a mouse when I spark up....
label him ludicrous or bizarre..he' s still awesome!
1st class rasta!! Big up!! Flash it naughty dread!!
Big up Eek a Mouse! I meet him at the soma in san diego a few times, rasta Tall in person. One love Idren.....Ja h Rasta Far I...
He is so funny I love this guy and so do my daughter
Saw EEK-A-MOUSE in New Orleans San Fran.,Mexico & Jamaica..... . n e v e r gets old 1 of my favorites... . A Y E ! beaty bong bong beaty bong bong beaty bing bing!!!!! LMAO
When is he in concert next in the orange county area
Saw EEk in Nevada City at Minors foundry. I passed him a FATTY when he started Ganja Smuggling. He puffed and passed to the whole band and passed it back. Early early Sunday morning there was a great big ganja smuggling... . . . . .
The shhhhh
WHY IS REGGEA THE MUSIC THE S**T TO LISTEN TO WHEN YOUR STONED OF YOUR A**
I Love REGGAE music! Jah, RASTAFARI!!!
jeremymagnus o n
DIARRHEA IS FUNNY
Saints row 2
A wadoo dem a wadoo dem dem dem I meana no oh I meana no oh oh meana no oh meana no oh oh wadoo dem a waddadem dem dem!! Go eeka




bidi bong bong bidi bong bong! Respect
Ital Vibes!!
Greetingz from San Diego, B.C., MEX..Eek'z da Homie from back on the day chilin in Mission Beach..Roast ' d that boy out in a group on the boardwalk! gyeh! s**t if Eek seez this comment bcuz EyeCann gotz dem "Biddy Biddy Beng Budderz an Oilz! Health Stone Glass babay! Bright Blessingz!
Eeeka lives in the most beautiful place ever san diego.... proud to call myseld a sandiegian
The greatest mouse of all time and very cultural.
Seen him a bunch of times. Always puts on a good length concert when he headlines. Wish he would come back soon.
Great! Saw him in Austin Tx at Flamingo cantina got drunk on Red stripe. Never forget it.
Eek still tours. . . Saw him in fla. last year = great show
bs22619
An artist who in any other country would have been a one-hit wonder,

not true.
funny how they didnt mention anything about san diego in this bio even though it was like his second home! My older brother used to hang out with eek in mission beach california, a beach community in san diego. He lived in a small appt people refered to as The mouse hole haha still bumpin eek to this day. peace
astavinsky
need to do a tour again. put down the crack pipe eek
bcronin37
so ridiculous it's awesome
nicko252008
Love this guy!! One of the best reggae voices ever!!
MY MAN
herrerajl
Why hasn't assintator and king and I been released on cd eek @ his peak
Love this stuff...LOVE IT
BIG UP MOUSE
MAD LOVE
SOUTH BAY DIEGO/P.B./T . J . MEXICO YOU KNOW WHAT IT IS.....
YOU KNOW...??SUF F E R IN BLACK/P.O.D. FAMS
I love his music, and respect the man. Can't recommend his music enough.
Love Eek!
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