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Ali our Christmas present for last Christmas. It was an unplugged album, because we decided to call it ‘cuddly reggae.’ It was so AC: Nothing at all. I hated folk music. In the true son-and-father style, I completely ignored the folk music and went for reg- gae. Which disappointed him greatly. But then he did have two other sons, David and Duncan, who were into folk music. Duncan even used to sing with my dad. And then when he joined the Dark Side, we were all shocked because he was a folk singer, you know? So you don’t have a folksinger singing reggae, normally. And that’s why he’s not very good. IE: Musically speaking, there was proba- bly no more productive a place or time 07•2017 cuddly. There’s no bass on it, you see. No bass guitar at all, which is unprecedented, of course, for a reggae record. You can’t have reggae without bass, can you? But you can. We decided you can. So we did an unplugged album of a lot of our hits, and just some songs that we loved. And that went down lovely. And we were rec- ommending that people buy that CD along with a bottle of our wine, because Hey – that’s your Christmas Eve sorted, right there! IE: And you’re actually the son of a renowned Scottish folksinger, Ian Campbell. What did you learn from him? 10 illinoisentertainer.com july 2017 than Jamaica in the ‘60s and early ‘70s. AC: Well, yeah. But you know what’s even more exciting? If you look at the MTV Awards that just happened, or if you look at Ariana Grande, Justin Bieber, Rihanna, even Katy Perry. They’re all making reg- gae records. Contemporary music is being influenced more by reggae now than it ever has been. It’s more influential now than it was in the ‘70s, ‘80s or ‘90s. IE: You were one of the only bands to experiment with dub in the early days, too. AC: Yeah. We were the first to get a dub album into the mainstream charts. It was July 7 Broken Social Scene Hug Of Thunder Haim Something To Tell You Melvins A Walk With Love And Death Public Service Broadcasting Progress This Is the Kit Moonshine Freeze Toro y Moi Boo Boo July 14 Boris Dear Lo Tom Lo Tom Lucy Rose Something's Changing Neil Young Hitchhiker Silverstein Dead Reflection The Dears Times Infinity Volume Two Twinsmith Stay Cool Waxahatchee Out In The Storm Rise Against July 21 Childhood Universal High Cornelius Mellow Waves Dan Croll Emerging Adulthood Foster the People Sacred Hearts Club Goldfinger The Knife In This Moment Ritual Lana Del Rey Lust For Life Chris Robinson Brotherhood Barefoot In The Head July 28 Alice Cooper Paranormal Arcade Fire Everything Now John Dennis Second Wind Joywave Content Manchester Orchestra A Black Mile To The Surface Jeff Tweedy