While most reggae musicians have been known to convey the message of Rastafarianism through their music, Max Romeo took a different approach (and is credited for establishing a completely new sub-genre of music) through his suggestive lyrics as in the hit known as ‘Wet Dreams’ which initially caused a ruckus but managed to draw the attention of fans (and foes alike) in both Jamaica and the UK.
Of course, this was not the only kind of music that Romeo started with, as his stint with the trio known as Emotions until he pursued a solo career, saw him put together a string of hits with their very first one titled Buy You a Rainbow.
During this time, he also penned lyrics that came to be known as the song ‘Wet Dream’, which most singers such as John Holt and Slim Smith did not want to sing, and led him to lend the vocals for this track.
While the song became an instant success in Jamaica, the song created controversy in the United Kingdom by receiving a BBC Radio ban, and of course, this fueled the popularity of the song even further and which was added to his debut album known as A Dream.
Several albums followed but the songs that he created took on a religious and political tone to it. However, all this changed with the tracks that he produced with Lee Scratch Perry known as Three Blind Mice, Sipple Out Deh and I Chase the Devil that continues to be sampled over and over again even though his contributions to music has slowed down over the last decade or so.