|Genres:||Electronic & Ambient Pop / Rock|
|Decades:||1980s 1990s 2000s|
Patrick Murray, Birmingham, England. Murrays unusual stage name came from the Jamaican patois for wise owl (Pato) and disc jockey slang for a heavyweight DJ (Banton). He first came to the publics attention in 1982 on the Beats Special Beat Service album, duelling with Ranking Roger on Pato And Roger A Go Talk, before releases on the Fashion Records and Don Christie labels. His debut single, Hello Tosh, was a novelty take on the Toshiba advertising campaign of 1985. His first long-playing effort saw him paired with the wizardry of the Mad Professor, a combination to which he would return four years later for the Recaptured set. On his solo debut Banton was backed by the Birmingham-based Studio 2 house band. Throughout, he coloured his Rasta toasting/dub with comic impersonations of the characters populating his songs. Since then, his records have leaned progressively towards pop and soul, blurring the...