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Third World — 96 Degrees In The Shade
Album: 96 Degrees In The Shade
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6.9

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Total ratings: 1393









Released: 1977
Length: 4:11
Plays (last 30 days): 2
96 degrees in the shade
Real hot, in the shade
96 degrees in the shade
Real hot (oh yes) in the shade

Said it was 96 degrees, in the shade
Ten thousand soldiers on parade
Taking I and I to meet a big fat boy
Sent from overseas, the queen employ
Excellency, before you I come
With my representation
You know where I'm coming from

You caught me on the loose
Fighting to be free
Now you show me a noose
On the cotton tree
Entertainment for you
Martyrdom for me

96 degrees in the shade
Real hot (ooh yes) in the shade
96 degrees in the shade
Real hot (oh yes) in the shade

(..)

Some may suffer and some may burn
But I know that one day
My people will learn
As sure as the sun shines
Way up in the sky
Today I stand here a victim
The truth is I'll never die

96 degrees in the shade
Real hot, in the shade
96 degrees in the shade
Real hot (oh yes) in the shade

96 degrees in the shade
Real hot, in the shade
96 degrees in the shade
Real hot in the shade
Watching the shade now

96 degrees in the shade
Real hot (oh yes) in the shade
96 degrees in the shade...
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It only took 120 years, but the The Emmett Till Antilynching Act finally passed Congress.
 cdavies442 wrote:

Thank you for pointing out the lyrics, it reminds me how long black people have been waiting for white people to wake up...

They are still waiting for white people to lift the knees off their necks...

I like the cruise ship comment below - typical white privilege.

Not that it matters, but I'm a white guy of a certain age, who's lived his entire life below the M/D line.
c.


 robkom wrote:
Radio Paradise i love everything about your station......i especially also love the voice of your DJ's    ............i LOVE your eclectic mix............I love the way your station exposes me to such a wide variety of music.............i got to the point where i was soooooooooooooooooooo Boooooooooooooooooored of my music and needed new imput..............my neighbour introduced me to you guys and i have never looked back...............there is always something i am not in to but that is where the diversity in music lies 
thanks sooooooooooooo much  
 

Glad you are so happy! Go easy on the mind-altering substances. 
Thank you for pointing out the lyrics, it reminds me how long black people have been waiting for white people to wake up...
I DJ'ed a reggae show in the mid-80s, played this one a lot. Thanks RP.
Had a good chuckle at your comment about this song not being a cruise ship type song. On our honeymoon cruise in the early 80s there was a steel drum band playing at one of the deck level bars. I requested "96 Degrees in the Shade". They knew the song but said the cruise line wouldn't let them play it.
Not heard this in years. Used to work in record shop and regularly gave this album a spin.
I don't think I've heard this before. I really dig it.

Although here, now, 96 degrees in the shade would be a cold front!
c.
They played The Ludlow Garage in Cincy a couple years ago and the show was fantastic!!!!!!
 ecojot wrote:
Martyrdom not "but too dumb!"
 

Good catch; I PM'd Bill with a better lyrics source. It included this info:
1865, the title of the song, was the year that Baptist deacon and preacher Paul Bogle was hanged by British authorities. Paule Bogle led the 1865 Morant Bay Protesters, who agitated for justice and fair treatment for all the people in Jamaica.
Buried treasure!
Martyrdom not "but too dumb!"
 CoYoT51 wrote:
Yes, a gem... but i prefer the live version.

 
Same, here. Still, a great tune with either version.
Yes, a gem... but i prefer the live version.
About that temp here but only 40 humidity.....{#Wink}
Brilliant album - every song a gem
Oh yes. 
 BillG wrote:

Happy to have been the 1st DJ to play this on Hawaii radio (KPOI - 1978)

 
Of course, its never 96 Degrees in the shade in Hawaii
Radio Paradise i love everything about your station......i especially also love the voice of your DJ's    ............i LOVE your eclectic mix............I love the way your station exposes me to such a wide variety of music.............i got to the point where i was soooooooooooooooooooo Boooooooooooooooooored of my music and needed new imput..............my neighbour introduced me to you guys and i have never looked back...............there is always something i am not in to but that is where the diversity in music lies 
thanks sooooooooooooo much  
 BillG wrote:

Happy to have been the 1st DJ to play this on Hawaii radio (KPOI - 1978)

 
Ah yes, back when KPOI used to be good. {#Angel}
96 degrees in the shade..... just like here in the UK in February.... NOT!
So what is it in the sun?
Such a great classic. Am procuring the album as we speak......thank you BillG
 jb0nez wrote:
Wow what a pleasant surprise to hear this on RP! It's a classic here in Hawaii. This is amazing. Damn but our DJs have some good taste!

 
Happy to have been the 1st DJ to play this on Hawaii radio (KPOI - 1978)
Remember the first time I heard this song in April 1989 about a month before graduating from college. That was a great, memorable day and this song was the music.
 cambraca wrote:

"Thanks Third World"?? wtf? {#Meditate}


 
Dude.  Third World is the name of the band.
Can't believe there are 21 people on here that gave this classic a "1" rating.  {#Ass}
{#Sunny}
 jb0nez wrote:
Wow what a pleasant surprise to hear this on RP! It's a classic here in Hawaii. This is amazing. Damn but our DJs have some good taste!
 
Just got back from my first visit there a few days ago. What an awesome place. And half the stations play reggae.
Wow what a pleasant surprise to hear this on RP! It's a classic here in Hawaii. This is amazing. Damn but our DJs have some good taste!
Nice! Not enough of this music played here!
Cracks the Auchentoshan single malt, pours a healthy measure, kicks off shoes and sighs with pure pleasure.............aaaaaaaaaaaaaah.
thanks again mister Bill {#Music}
"10" of course!
 dolfan wrote:

Very true about the US southwest, but the US southeast is brutal, too, as we have the merciless humidity to go with it.  Yesterday we read 104 in the shade.
 
No thanks, I'll stick with the North East US.  Sure, we have heat sometimes, but we also have this great thing call "seasons" where sometimes it's really nice and comfortable outside.  Winter can stink sometimes, but I'll take snow and ice over high heat and humidity. 

I like to live a penguin friendly lifestyle.

Very apt for England Today!
Nice!

Probably the finest reggae song ever recorded.


 peacockangel wrote:
I live in Phoenix ~ I know real hot LOL ~ deep in summer the only way it's 96 degrees in the shade is if you have air conditioning blowing in it lol
 
Very true about the US southwest, but the US southeast is brutal, too, as we have the merciless humidity to go with it.  Yesterday we read 104 in the shade.
Third World - 96 Degrees In The Shade
Natalie Merchant - This House Is On Fire
Orange Blossom - Desert Dub

Ha! Paradise, CA in July! Good one, Bill!
 EssexTex wrote:
It's always reggae time for me!..
 

Me too. Really like this.
I live in Phoenix ~ I know real hot LOL ~ deep in summer the only way it's 96 degrees in the shade is if you have air conditioning blowing in it lol
 cohifi wrote:

Lucky.  What's with all the cartoons? 

 
Thats what most tourist do in Jamaica, sun, music and party!!

 countyman wrote:
February 2010 can't get here fast enough for my next trip to Jamaica mon. 
{#Sunny} {#Good-vibes} {#Drunk}

 
Lucky.  What's with all the cartoons? 

February 2010 can't get here fast enough for my next trip to Jamaica mon. 
{#Sunny} {#Good-vibes} {#Drunk}


Sure red hot mon!
 petesku wrote:
... given it a 9 simply due to the fact that the song raised my mood...
 
What better reason?

 Rickvee wrote:
Wow, can't believe I'm hearing this song on RP. This was the song that got me to appreciate reggae music and shortly thereafter discover the greatness of Bob Marley. Thanks Third World.
 
"Thanks Third World"?? wtf? {#Meditate}

... given it a 9 simply due to the fact that the song raised my mood...
Lovely
{#Bounce}{#Bounce}{#Bounce}{#Bounce}{#Bounce}{#Bounce}{#Bounce}{#Bounce}{#Bounce}{#Bounce}{#Bounce}
prickelpit96 wrote:
...and I really would appreciate if we could have 96° here right now.
Me too it's only 39f here.
EssexTex wrote:
It's always reggae time for me!..
...and I really would appreciate if we could have 96° here right now.
It's always reggae time for me!..
Not today...
I'm no reggae fan, but occasionaly it can be nice in the morning.
snowcat wrote:
Is there anyone else in the world who thinks reggae is WAY overrated??
There are a few of you out there, but fortunately you're a minority. Most people seem to understand that even if something isn't your cup of tea, that's not a foundation for making such broad value judgments about the quality of an entire genre of music.
Good reggae always puts a smile on my face and a spring in my step - thanks for playing this.
How many degrees? Should be the hymn of 'my' soccer-club.
Burn down the tempel
Great piece of reggae! But I do prefer the Live version, on their "Prisoner in the Street" album.
Man, if I wasn't so hungry I'd totally stay inside and listen to this. Darn you Bill!
billy dude....youve been throwing out some rasta greats lately...10cc, bob, pete & co....dont think i aint listenin' keep em comin my friend!~
Wow, can't believe I'm hearing this song on RP. This was the song that got me to appreciate reggae music and shortly thereafter discover the greatness of Bob Marley. Thanks Third World.
TexasAggies wrote:
These guys are GREAT live! The guitar player actually rented my amp for their gig here in Houston, and after the show I was talking to him and I'll never forget his comment: "Fahntaasteec aahmp, mon!" Best comment I've ever gotten on my guitar amp. (BTW it's a 1968 Fender Twin Reverb).
Professional musicians agree: Fahntaasteec aahmp, mon!
Very melodic and harmonic reggae! If you did love this tune, go listen to the LIVE version of "PRISONER IN THE STREET" album. I personally think it's even better. Thanks, RP!
These guys are GREAT live! The guitar player actually rented my amp for their gig here in Houston, and after the show I was talking to him and I'll never forget his comment: "Fahntaasteec aahmp, mon!" Best comment I've ever gotten on my guitar amp. (BTW it's a 1968 Fender Twin Reverb).
It is not 96deg. in Chicago right now... not happy about that!
jlind wrote:
overrated doesn't even begin to describe this bull shit.
Roll a fat doobie and then you'll probably not care, and will forget, that most reggae really does sound the same.
GOD! the haters below need to pull the sticks out of their butts and CHILL OUT already! this is a good song-- 8!! thanks Bill!
snowcat wrote:
Is there anyone else in the world who thinks reggae is WAY overrated??
overrated doesn't even begin to describe this bull shit.
snowcat wrote:
Is there anyone else in the world who thinks reggae is WAY overrated??
snowcat wrote:
Is there anyone else in the world who thinks reggae is WAY overrated??
I DO! I DO! heard one from this group yesterday that didn't do anything for either.
Ain't kiddin....
REAL HOT!!
Ah this takes me back to my childhood in the islands. SO HOT.
Is there anyone else in the world who thinks reggae is WAY overrated??
Hot, real hot! I'll give a NINE! I almost forgot about this song, thanks again RP.
Mugro wrote:
Ok. Good. Come over to my house then and I will play reggae while you take care of my problem here with mice living in my walls, ok? Sounds good to me.
Two birds with one stone, nothing wrong with that!
jlind wrote:
Regaee makes me want to sufficate small animals.
Ok. Good. Come over to my house then and I will play reggae while you take care of my problem here with mice living in my walls, ok? Sounds good to me.
Regaee makes me want to sufficate small animals.
this is a good one. i like it.
Here is the playlist: Peggy Lee - Fever Rolling Stones - Play With Fire The Cure - Burn Third World - 96 Degrees In The Shade This is why I love Radio Paradise!!!
1865 (96° in the Shade) Said it was 96 degrees in the shade Ten thousand soldiers on parade Taking I and I to meet a big fat boy Sent from overseas The queen employ Excellency before you I come With my representation You know where i'm coming from You caught me on the loose Fighting to be free Now you show me a noose On the cotton tree Entertainment for you Martyrddom for me 96 degrees in the shade Real hot in the shade Some may suffer and some may burn But I know that one day my people will learn As sure as the sun shines, way up in the sky Today I stand here a victum the truth is I'll never die 96 degrees in the shade Real hot in the shade
This cold (brrrrrr) January evening seems a little warmer and brighter...thanks!
Oh if only.. Bill please keep playing this all winter, ok?
Absolutely the best Third World song ever...and the most underplayed. I nearly fell of my seat here in the office when it came on ! Thanks.
ce wrote:
A little reggae each day keeps the doctor away... :D
moshevelvul wrote:
wow, you doogotta admit that this is just boring.
Just the opposite. And it works on this hot summer afternoon.
wow, you doogotta admit that this is just boring.
I saw Third World on Jost van Dyke in the British Virgin Islands last year. They really rocked!! The locals loved Third World as some kind of god like super group. It was a little wierd to see that they were treating Third World like we would the Beatles or the Stones. They are largely unknown in the U.S. What a show, though!
Urgh...more reggae...when I hear it I just move the headphones behind me ears so I can't really hear the detail, but I can tell when it ends.
Kick winter right out de door...
oldslabsides wrote:
reggae sucks :P
wo! here's a post that took some time to craft! probably months of contemplation, another month or two of selecting just the right words and putting them into the right order to have the greatest visceral effect ...
Mmmm... 96 in the shade...I miss Summer already...and we didn't even GET one this year! A 6.
rulebritannia wrote:
Another negative post. Ruin my day. Here's a bright, cheery example of a postive post: OSS, I heartily agree with your point of view. Cheers!
Well said, Rulebritannia. While I do not concur with the general sentiment, I do agree as regards to this particular melody.
Jah man! :sunny.gif:
I like that Sly and Robbie-esque breakdown in the middle. Cool song...never heard this one!
oldslabsides wrote:
reggae sucks...
Another negative post. Ruin my day. Here's a bright, cheery example of a postive post: OSS, I heartily agree with your point of view. Cheers!
reggae sucks :P
8) :sunny.gif: \\:D/ :sunny.gif: 8)
edieraye wrote:
Recently spent a week on a live-aboard in Hawaii. There was a 19 year-old working the ship. One night, he got out his ukulele and played this song for us. The memory is such a beautiful one that this could be an awful song and it would still make me smile. So sad. So evocative.
That is very cool. I love this song.
CoolbeaN wrote:
Ug.. More reggae?
I second that emotion!
Recently spent a week on a live-aboard in Hawaii. There was a 19 year-old working the ship. One night, he got out his ukulele and played this song for us. The memory is such a beautiful one that this could be an awful song and it would still make me smile. So sad. So evocative.
Originally Posted by IListenToTheWind: YES! This is the best Third World song... Thanks!
I agree, but unfortunately, I never really came across much of anything else by them that caught my attention.
A little reggae each day keeps the doctor away... :D
Takes me back to my 3 trips to Jamaca in the early 80\'s. At least what I remember of them. We would play this album alot. I think. Thanks
Love reggae! ...once in a while.
Ug.. More reggae?
YES! This is the best Third World song... Thanks!