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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
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Selected Discography

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Track List: Eek-Ology

Disc 1

1. Virgin Girl

2. Once A Virgin

3. Een A Moy

4. Creation

5. My Father's Land

6. No Wicked Can't Reign

7. Noah's Ark

8. Wa-Do-Dem

9. Tell Them

11. Ganja Smuggling

13. Georgie Porgie

17. Assassinator

Disc 2

1. Sensee Party

2. Some A Holla, Some A Bawl

3. Neutron Bomb

5. Modelling Queen

6. Stadium Hot

12. Star, Daily News & Gleaner

13. Wild Like A Tiger

14. Taller Than King Kong

15. Rude Boys A Foreign

16. Tek Wey

17. Let There Be Night

Disc 3
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Track List: Eek-A-Speeka

1. Physically Critically

2. Press A Button

3. I Love Weed

4. Every Posse (Fly Down)

5. Keep Accusing Me

6. I'll Be Waiting

7. Champagne Bottle

8. Joey Joey

9. Wa-Do-Dem (Revisited)

10. Mean Dreams

11. Tek Wey

12. Politics

13. Pretty So

14. Let There Be Night

15. Nuh Lie Down

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Track List: Very Best Of Eek-A-Mouse, Vol.2

1. Border Patrol

2. Rude Boy Gone A Foreign

3. Skull A Sea Side

4. Neutron Bomb

5. For Hire And Removal (Extended 12" Mix)

6. It Was My Land

7. Ganja Smuggling

8. Modelling Queen

9. The Mouse And The Man

10. Some A Holla, Some A Bawl

11. What A Me Go Do

12. Operation Eradication

13. Have A Merry Little Xmas

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Track List: Mouse-A-Mania

1. Juicy Juicy & Weedy Weedy

2. Assassinator

3. Safari

4. Penni-Walli

5. I Like Them All

6. Posse

7. Triple Love

8. De Di Doo

9. Now I Know

10. Gun Shot A Cry

11. Mi Brethren Roach

12. Crime

13. Macho Man

14. Some A Holler, Some A Brawl

15. Born Traveller

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Track List: Eek-A-Nomics

1. The Freak

2. Oh Me Oh My

3. Come Back In The Morning

4. Do Me

5. Lies

6. Champagne

7. What Me Ago Do

8. Glamity

9. Rich And Famous

10. Goon-A-Goon

11. The Freak (Dance Version)

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Track List: The Very Best Of Eek A Mouse

1. Anarexol

2. Star, Daily News & Gleaner

3. Noah's Ark

4. Terrorists In The City

5. Penni Walli

6. Wild Like A Tiger

7. Wa-Do-Dem

8. Do You Remember

9. Sensee Party

10. Stadium Hot

11. Assassinator

12. Christmas-A-Come

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Track List: Mouseketeer

1. Queen Elizabeth

2. Star, Daily News Or Gleaner

3. Anarexol

4. Atlantis Lover

5. Wild Like A Tiger

6. Treason

7. Palaving

8. Chip Out

9. Don't Run & Cry

10. How I Got My Name

11. Teacher (12" Mix)

12. Anarexol (12" Mix)

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Track List: The Mouse & The Man

1. Hitler

2. Stadium Hot

3. Struggle

4. The Mouse & The Man

5. Modeling King

6. Terrorists In The City

7. School Boy

8. Sexy Girl

9. Pretty City

10. Maybe Lady

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Track List: Wa-Do-Dem

1. Ganja Smuggling

2. Long Time Ago

3. Operation Eradication

4. There's A Girl In My Life

5. Slowly But Surely

6. Wa-Do-Dem

7. Lonesome Journey

8. I Will Never Leave My Love

9. Noah's Ark

10. Too Young To Understand

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EeK-A-��.... R U D E BOYZZ.....NO . . G O O D . . . P U M P FULL OF LEAD. BOY...ACE..B X . . C Y P R E S S 1 4 1 . .
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roger.taylor 1 9 5 3
EVER BODY, DIS EAK-A-MOUSE TURN INTO A MOUSE ????
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I love Eek A Mouse, but wasn't he on the run for some rape charges awhile back??
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Da mouse stole my chick
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genesis 1 thru 10 and 40 thru 50 ishmael and isaac
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i havent had ice cubes for 30 years
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psalm84 and psalm 37 and job 41 and 42 leviathan jah love understand yourself yourself better
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"Any where in the house there will all ways be a mouse" -EEK A MOUSE.
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Shakespeare
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Early Early Sunday morning
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Dope
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nice collection
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Eek-a-mouse we want more.but who are you.
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YOU A TOASTER!
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Me and me girl name jane eyy
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Wo, check the brother at humbolt,
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Peace&love
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Crack is wack and any other s**t that's not herbs !!!!pufffffp u f f f a l i l l t l e
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Ya bud, keeping it real. Good rhythm, good vocalz, good times!
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SMOKING SWEET SENSI AND GOOD GOLD AND BROWN HAZE THAT WILL PUSH YOUR WIG BACK. KNOCK YOUR SOCKS CLEAR OFF!!!!!!!! Put IT IN THE AIR. THE BLESSED YOURSELF. SMELL LIKE CHURCH. HOOOOOO WEEEEEE.
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Ya'll straight turd-trippin '
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Brwn suger
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Loving you
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:-)
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Really they sing like mice. Try tribe seeds
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LOVE THE VOCALS AND MANNERS.
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Love this song:)
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I love this song.
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Wa do dem, wa do dem
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eek a mouse fo lifeeeeee!!! !
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My friend Eek a mouse we go way back
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best music when puffn while waiting in a parking lot! lol i aint tripppppn!!! ! viva sinsemilla!! ! !
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when are u coming back to San Diego for the reggae fest?
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My man Eek a mouse is awesome!!
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You knw SALINAS be down with you bra! All day valley roots......
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Pure originality. .
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The baddest mouse of them all.
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Love Eek a mouse wish they played more of him in south carolina
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ya man right stupid lyrics
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Thats RIGHT!
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The mouse
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damm havint heared eek a mouse since i seen or him in santa cruz ca at the catalist alog with the cloudes smoke
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The last time I talked with eek-a -mouse he was in NewYork, performing at the Red Oni on. ♥♥♥♥
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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!
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This song is so bad a**! ♥♥♥
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Whoa! I jst got brain rush.. But never miss a beat yeah baby !!!!
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