EEK-A-MOUSE, the lanky entertainer who inspired the singjay style, is the latest artiste featured in VP Records’ reissue series, 17 North Parade.
Titled Eek-Ology: Reggae Anthology, the double compact disc/DVD package will be released on November 5.
It includes hit songs like 1980’s Virgin Girl, and Ganja Smuggling. The latter is a signature for weed lovers in Europe and the United States west coast.
Both songs were produced by Henry ‘Junjo’ Lawes for the Volcano label, the hottest record imprint in Jamaica during the early 1980s.
They highlighted Eek-A-Mouse’s unique singing/deejay delivery that led to the singjay pattern.
‘Eek-Ology’ also contains songs recorded for other leading producers, such as Once a Virgin for Joe Gibbs and Modelling Behavior which was produced by Linval Thompson, Lawes’ mentor.
There are four songs from a session Eek-A-Mouse did with respected British disc jockey John Peel at the British Broadcasting Corporation in 1983.
Those songs — Wa-Do-Dem, Hitler, Assassinator and For Hire And Removal — have never been released on CD.
The DVD captures Eek-A-Mouse at Reggae Sunsplash 1982 at Jarrett Park, Montego Bay.
Eek-A-Mouse (given name Ripton Joseph Hylton) did not have another chart-topper in Jamaica after Virgin Girl, but developed a large following in Europe, the US and Latin America through relentless touring.
The 17 North Parade series has proved popular with fans of roots-reggae and early dancehall music. Culture, the Mighty Diamonds and Gregory Isaacs some of its featured acts.