Chase the Devil  

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"I'm gonna send him to outa space, to find another race."--"Chase the Devil" (1976) by Max Romeo

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"Chase the Devil" is a reggae song, recorded in 1976 by Max Romeo, with the backing of Lee "Scratch" Perry's house band, The Upsetters.

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Background

Composed by Perry and Romeo, "Chase the Devil" was released on the album War ina Babylon in 1976. Also in 1976, The Upsetters recorded a version with different lyrics. The track, called "Croaking Lizard" and credited to The Upsetters and Prince Jazzbo, was included in their album Super Ape. Later, Perry made a dub remix of both versions, called "Disco Devil".

Meaning

In a BBC interview recorded in 2010 Romeo describes the meaning of the song. He explains that the devil is everything negative in our minds, the iron shirt is our strength of spirit that allows us cast out the devil.


Track listing

  • 7" UK Single
A. Max Romeo – "Chase the Devil"
B. The Upsetters featuring Prince Jazzbo – "Croaking Lizard"
  • 7" French Single
A. "Chase the Devil" – 3:25
B. "One Step Forward (Oye Oye Reggae)" – 5:00

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