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Simpleton

b. Christopher Harrison, c.1975, Kingston, Jamaica, West Indies. He was raised on the outskirts of Kingston in the Papine region of Lower St. Andrews. Harrison was influenced by locally based artists including Brigadier Jerry, Sister Nancy, Chaka Demus, Major Mackerel, Roundhead, Colin Roach and Anthony Malvo. By his own admission, he initially mumbled on the mic at the dance, chatting nervously while he intently studied his feet. Whereas others may have stumbled at this stage, he turned this imperfection into a contrived DJ routine. It has also been wrongly suggested that he did not face the crowd because of his forked teeth, in spite of his performance under the guise of Dracula when appearing on the sound systems. In 1990 Ninjaman enjoyed a hit with ‘Heartical Don’, and performing as Dracula, Harrison changed the lyrics and the title to ‘Simpleton’. Encouraged by the audience response and by the success of Capleton, Harrison adopted Simpleton as his stage name. The change of moniker led to a debut recording session with Colin Fat for the bogle-inspired ‘Coca Cola Bottle Shape’, which proved an instant hit in the dance and reggae charts worldwide. As is often the case in Jamaica, his success resulted in him being recruited by a number of producers to voice rhythms, including Junior Reid, Steely And Clevie, Bobby Digital, Stone Love and Black Scorpio. In 1993 Simpleton returned to international acclaim with the release of the risqué ‘Sperm Rod’, produced by Chris Goldfinga, and the popular hits ‘Action Speaks Louder Than Words’, ‘Stay Pon Guard’ and ‘Need A Little Magic In Your Life’. An encounter with his neighbourhood friend Anthony Malvo resulted in Simpleton’s biggest hit to date, ‘Quarter To Twelve’, which proved to be the top-selling independent reggae single of 1995. As an avid fan of cowboy movies, he illustrated the parallels between Kingston’s street violence and film westerns. The success of the tune led to responses from a number of other DJs, including Ninjaman, to which Simpleton replied with ‘Nah Watch Nah Clock’. The tune was another smash hit, resulting in the strident ‘Sick Under Rastaman Treatment’ for Bulby York, ‘Pants Buckle’ and ‘Sweat A Bust’ for Must Bust, ‘Spot It’ for Stingray, ‘The Gal Dem’ for Robert Livingstone, ‘Miss Hottie Hottie’ for Jack Scorpio and a combination with Spanner Banner, ‘Rock On’.
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Selected Discography

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Track List: Ragga Ragga Ragga 7

1. Mr War War

2. Benz & Bimma

3. Mad House Tek Him

4. Explode Gal

5. Hotter This Year

6. Girls Way

7. In & Out

8. Gal Fi Get Wock

9. Want The Lumber

10. More Gyal

11. Matey Anthem

12. Miss Hotty Hotty

13. Ever Tight

14. Greatest Lover

15. Vintage Old Bruk

16. Death

17. Funny Guy Thing

18. Queen Of Hearts

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Track List: Conscious Ragga

2. Anti-Christ

3. Babylon Calling

4. Blessed

6. Sick Under Rastaman Treatment

7. Babylon Falling

8. Lord Watch Over Our Shoulders (Remix)

9. Book Book

10. Jah Mercy

11. 1/4 To 12"

13. Retreat Wicked Man

14. Chanting Down Babylon

15. Praise Him

16. Poor And Simple

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Track List: Conscious Ragga Volume 2

1. Fire Pon Rome

2. Babylon Drop A Ground

3. Rush On The Tonic

5. How You A Go Say

6. No Heathen

7. The Chronic

9. More Weed

10. Pollution

11. Can't Sleep At Night

13. Hard Times

14. Stop Bawl Out

16. Rastaman

18. Mama

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Track List: Hardcore Sex Rated

1. June Fish

2. Pretty Girl

3. Dippy

4. Matey Can't Test

5. Wood

6. Girls Hoorah

7. Dweet Sweet

9. Hardcore

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Track List: Quarter To Twelve

1. 1/4 To Twelve

2. Crush

4. Weak Under The Treatment

5. Where Have All

6. Erkle

7. Dun Wife

9. Mocking The Dread

11. You Hot

12. Peanut Punch

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Track List: DJ's Extraordinaire Vol. 1

1. Mr. Man Deh

2. Once Yu Bow

3. Ram Dance Daughter

4. Mr. Never Dead

5. Request The Mack Ten

6. Wha Smell So

7. Gal Yu Look Good

9. Wait Deh Man

11. Baby Doll

13. Prepare For War

14. Cool Cool Rider

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Track List: Reggae House Music Vol. 4

1. Coco Cola Shape

3. Mama

5. Armshouse

6. When I'm With You

7. The Grudge

8. Pecos One Stop

9. Would A Let You Go

10. Why Threat

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Track List: Stone Love Vol. 3

1. Take A Bow

2. Feel So Good

3. Dorothy

4. Raggamuffin

5. Lately

7. So Many Strangers

8. I Apologize

9. Skettle

10. Home Alone

11. Mama

12. Don't Want To Know

14. Gal Selina

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Track List: Sampler 14

1. Over You

2. Mama Cookin'

3. Benz & Bimma

4. Love

5. So Many Things To Say

6. Peace My Bretheren

7. Skettel Concerto

8. Morning Ride

9. Explode Gal

10. Where Is That Love

11. The Gal Them

12. Fire Pon Rome

13. Sensimilia Babe

14. Girls Way

16. People's Court Part Ii

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Track List: Reggae Splashdown, Vol 4

1. Wasted Days And Wasted Nights

2. River Jordan

5. I'm All Alone

6. Gimmie

8. Call Me

9. Bigyouth

10. Death Angel Is Rising

11. Only The Strong Survive

13. King Son

14. Children

15. Don't Know Why

16. Lead Me On

17. The First Time I Saw You

18. Lonely Man

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Track List: Riddim Driven: All Out

2. Blue Print

3. Da Song

4. Wuk Dem Hard

7. She Is Hot

8. Call It A Draw

9. Caribbean Striptease

13. To The Party

14. Blessings From Jah

15. Go Girl

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Track List: Reggae Hits, Vol. 12

2. Arms House

3. Mama

4. Move Your Body

5. Gal Wine

6. Yu Dead Now

7. Coco Cola Shape

8. Murder She Wrote

9. Rough This Year

11. Rosemarie

12. To Be Poor Is A Crime

14. Missing Your Love

16. Bam Bam

17. All Of Me

18. Forever My Lady

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Track List: Ragga Ragga Ragga 6

1. More Gal

2. Gun From Paris

3. Nuh Watch Nuh Clock

4. Turn Around

5. Action Pack

6. She Wrong

7. Certified Platinum

8. Suspense

9. Ole Gallis

10. No Twelve Cylinder

11. Gooda Than Gold

12. When I Hold You Tonight

13. Sleep And Slumber

14. A Gal A Chat

15. Shelly

16. See You No More (2004)

17. Gription

18. Stop Live In De Pass

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Track List: Massive B Presents: Almzhouz Riddim

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