Political Animal


January 23, 2013 8:41 AM Daylight Video

By Ed Kilgore

Another song emerging unbidden from my unconscious upon arising: Desmond Dekker performing his ska classic, “Israelites,” reportedly the first international chartbuster out of Jamaica.

Ed Kilgore is a contributing writer to the Washington Monthly. He is managing editor for The Democratic Strategist and a senior fellow at the Progressive Policy Institute. Find him on Twitter: @ed_kilgore.


  • martin on January 23, 2013 11:22 AM:

    It's been one of my favorite songs since I first heard it over 40 years ago! Someday I'm going to look up the words and figure out what the hell he's talking about.

  • reidmc on January 23, 2013 1:35 PM:

    Great track, though I think My Boy Lollipop (1964?) was the first big hit from Jamaica http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ZCUcbRTB6Rs

  • Betsy on January 23, 2013 11:04 PM:

    It's because of balloon juice yesterday .... Post on Israeli election by Anne Laurie