We met Michael Jacksons snake, made a film with Mr T, and were the first black band to be interviewed on MTV. It was a relief to get back to school
Dennis Seaton, singer
We were all still schoolkids in Birmingham when the band was formed. Patrick and Freddie ” Junior ” Waite’s dad was a reggae musician and he taught us how to play. He also sang on our first two songs, Political and Generals, but when the tracks were played by DJ John Peel, music industry people said:” You can’t have an old geezer singing if you’re called Musical Youth .” So I became the lead singer, aged 11. The chap who signed us to MCA told us the company giggled at him for signing schoolboys.
We played reggae reaches and some of our own songs, mostly in West Indian working men’s clubs. When we played the Mighty Diamonds’ song Pass the Kouchie at Heaven in London while supporting Culture Club, 3,000 people went crazy. It was a anthem about a big marijuana bong, so the record company asked us to do something about the lyrics. We changed kouchie to dutchie, which is a West Indian cooking pot, and switched” How does it feel when you’ve got no herb ?” to” got no food “. Kelvin Grant, who played guitar, added the rapping.