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Larry comments:
Written by Steve. I'll let him explain it. Great production by Steve Barry at the studio he built in his home in Melrose in 1982. But the quality of this actual audio file is lo-fi since it was captured off an old cassette. If anyone knows where the master reel is, please let us know!

Steve writes:
If you were living in Boston around the late 70s / early 80s you couldn't help but to notice or be annoyed by the groups of Scientologist walking up and down Newbury Street and Commonwealth Ave. offering you a "free personality test." The line "Wish I had the power of arrest - when I hear free personality test" popped into my head.

Got me thinking about religions and cults and all the money and power they generate.

I had just bought a copy of a great (VERY GREAT) dub LP by Creation Rebel called Starship Africa. In the liner notes the cover design was credited to The Zen Gangsters ...
Damn, sounds like a good title for a song !

Dee Rail came up with a Jamaican DJ style rap for it and the song took off.

Live we worked out a dub version for it. I loved doing live dub versions of our songs. The only other bands in town doing this at this time were the (real) Reggae bands.

I really got a kick out of it when Springa from SS Decontrol would jump on stage and sing the hook with Larry. In a gig this song would always "mosh up de place " ... what more could a bunch of (mostly) white punks on Dub ask for?


from 007 Live In Boston And South Yarmouth: 1980, 1981, 1982, track released January 6, 2013
Vocals, guitar: Lawrence "Larry Williams" LaFerla
Vocals, bass: Dee Rail (Derryle Johnson)
Guitar: Steve Harrell
Drums: Garry Miles
Keyboards: Craig Cultler

Produced in 1982 by Steve Barry

Audio restoration (2012) by Tim Halle

Words and Music by Steve Harrell




007 (Boston's Dub7) Boston, Massachusetts

007 was a "mod, post-punk, dub" band active in the early 1980s, a Boston, MA (USA) group that drew on punk, r&b, 60s pop, and dub, but was promoted and perceived as something akin to, or analogous to, the 2 Tone bands. Racially mixed, opening for acts identified with the British ska revivial of the time — The Specials, The English Beat, Bad Manners — 007 (Dub7) was frequently labeled a "ska band." ... more

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