Released in 1985 on Powerhouse Records, this is the Undercover Lover album by Josey Wales (spelt Jose Wales on the cover).
It features very distinctive artwork by the legendary Wilfred Limonious – the cover features Josey Wales kissing a topless woman (the woman also has ‘Handle with love’ stamped on the rear of her jeans – Limonious would often write text across his album art).
As usual for an 80s Limonious album cover, it features bright colours, hand-drawn cartoons, and comic style speech bubbles – the rear of this particular cover articulates a stark warning to Josey ‘The Colonel’ Wales with a cartoon woman stating: “Jose Wales, if you ever leave me for another girl, I’ll cut off your you know what!”
Josey Wales was one of Jamaica’s biggest DJs in the 1980s and his gruff, but melodic flow, coupled with snappy and witty lyrics created many classic hits – “Undercover Lover” was a huge hit single.
This is classic 1980s dancehall through and through – from the album cover to the music and the riddims. Greensleeves have just re-issued this album so make sure you check it out.
- Undercover Lover
- Throw Me Corn
- Pon Street Again
- Jose Ready
- Nuffy Nuffy
- Love I Can Feel
- Don’t Come Distress Me
- Freeze Who Goes There
- Come Watch The Sound
- Rocking Time
Listen to ‘Undercover Lover’ by Josey Wales:
Try not singing along to this – it’s basically impossible….
Listen to ‘Throw Me Corn’ by Josey Wales::
The Undercover Lover album has just been re-released, so you’ve got no excuse really….