H.R.

Genres: Pop / Rock Reggae
Decades Active: 1980s 1990s 2000s

Biography

Paul Hudson, 11 February 1956, London, England. Bad Brains vocalist H.R. aka Joseph I left his former employees in the mid-80s to follow his religious beliefs more closely. His subsequent work, although much more closely allied to dub and reggae, still betrayed the abrasive punk energy of Bad Brains on some tracks. Releases progressively minimized that influence, however, and his second set featured not only his brother and Bad Brains drummer Earl Hudson, but also Oscar Brown Jnr. The textured reggae funk that resulted was surprisingly pop-orientated. 1989’s Singin’ In The Heart offered a more straight-up, quasi-religious feel. The lyrics reflected the eagerness of H.R.’s Rasta vision, though there was also space for more soulful ballads. It was difficult to perceive a more authentic roots reggae artefact than Charge. Composed entirely of old-school reggae songs, the album was so unswerving in its dedications to Jah that all other attributes faded...

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