If you doidn’t know already, Wackies is a highly influential reggae label that ran out of New York and was at the height of its powers in the late 70s and through the 80s, working with US and Jamaican artists alike, including Leroy Sibbles, Horace Andy, Love Joys, Jah Batta, Sugar Minott and many many more. Wackies went on to have a studio, label, and record shop all under the Wackies brand.
It was established and run by Lloyd ‘Bullwackie’ Barnes, and Barnes is still involved in re-issues from the Wackies catalogue, as well as working on the odd new release with collaborators.
The Wackies sound was distinctive, and had a focus on deep bass heavy rhythms, with cutting edge technology often used to layer on sound effects and create the signature Wackies style.
This documentary called ‘Bullwackie In New York’ was directed by Christopher Coy and is a fascinating hour long look at the Wackies family and how they became the most recognizable and influential reggae label in the USA during the 1980s.
It is full of great interviews, live shows, and studio footage, creating a great snaphot of the New York reggae scene.