Just watched an episode of a pretty cool show called Mutant Planet on Science Channel. It focused on the Japanese macaque snow monkeys, made famous for me in the opening shots of Baraka. They lazily lounge in a hot spring surrounded by snowy mountains, a startling humanity gleaming in their eyes. Apparently the young ones have now learned to hold their breath and dive to the bottom to find remnants of food that tourists have thrown into the spa to attract them. The fact that tourists go their on a regular basis sort of killed the magic for me a little bit, but regardless it will be interesting to see if this slice of cultural evolution is passed down to the next generation.
So here is Monkey Man off The Specials stunning self titled 1979 debut. The Elvis Costello produced record captured the live energy of the band and infused a British disaffected punk scowl into Jamaican ska. Monkey Man is one of the handful of covers on the record, originally a hit for Toots and the Maytals in 1969.