Pass the Dutchie

"Pass the Dutchie" is a song produced by Toney Owens from Kingston and the British Jamaican reggae band Musical Youth, taken from their debut studio album, The Youth of Today (1982). The reggae song was a major hit, peaking at number one on the UK Singles Chart. Outside the United Kingdom, it peaked within the top ten of the charts in the United States and sold over 5 million copies worldwide.

"Pass the Dutchie"
Pass the Dutchie single.jpg
Single by Musical Youth
from the album The Youth of Today
B-side"Please Give Love a Chance"
Released17 September 1982
RecordedAugust 1982
GenreReggae, reggae-pop
Length3:25
6:05 (12" single version)
LabelMCA Records
Songwriter(s)
Producer(s)
Musical Youth singles chronology
"Generals" / "Political"
(1981)
"Pass the Dutchie"
(1982)
"Youth of Today"
(1982)

BackgroundEdit

The song was the band's first release on a major label. Following a shouted intro taken from U Roy's "Rule the Nation" with words slightly altered, the track combined two songs: "Gimme the Music" by U Brown, and "Pass the Kouchie" by Mighty Diamonds, which deals with the recreational use of cannabis (kouchie being slang for a cannabis pipe).[1] For the cover version, the song's title was bowdlerised to "Pass the Dutchie", the new word being a patois term for a Dutch oven, a type of cooking pot.[2] All obvious drug references were removed from the lyrics; e.g., instead of the original "How does it feel when you got no herb?", the cover version refers to "food" instead. "Dutchie" has since become a drug reference, denoting a blunt stuffed with marijuana and rolled in a wrapper from a Dutch Masters cigar, since American, Australian and British listeners assumed that the term was a drug reference.[citation needed]

The song was first championed by radio DJ Zach Diezel and became an instant hit when it was picked up by MCA Records in September 1982. It debuted at #26 on the UK chart and rose to #1 the following week.[1] In February 1983, it reached #10 on the Billboard Hot 100 singles chart in the USA.[3] Though they would have subsequent Top 40 hits in other countries, "Pass the Dutchie" remains their only hit in the US. The song also scored the #1 position in five other countries, eventually selling more than five million copies worldwide.[4][5]

Music videoEdit

The video, directed by Don Letts,[6] was shot partly on the southern banks of the River Thames in London, by Lambeth Bridge. It depicts the band performing the song and playing instruments, until an official appears to arrest them.[7] Courtroom scenes (featuring Julian Firth) are interspersed with the exterior ones.

Track listingEdit

A. "Pass the Dutchie" – 3:25
B. "Please Give Love a Chance" – 3:36
A. "Pass the Dutchie" – 6:05
B. "Pass the Dutchie" (Special Dub Mix) – 4:40

Charts and certificationsEdit

Cover versionsEdit

  • The song was parodied by a band from the Seychelles Islands Dezil' under the title "Laisse tomber les filles (qui se maquillent)", and peaked at #13 in France and #47 in Switzerland in 2006.[43]
  • The song was sampled by hip hop group A Tribe Called Quest on their final studio album We Got It from Here... Thank You 4 Your Service on the track "Dis Generation".
  • The song was covered by American ska punk band Buck-O-Nine on their album Barfly

ReferencesEdit

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