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TGIF! Song : Pass the Dutchie

Pass the Kutchie by the Mighty Diamonds


Great drum fill at 4:08

This song would later be covered by Musical Youth as ‘Pass the Dutchie’ and become an instant hit in the US:

musical youth bviThe song was a cover version of the song “Pass the Koutchie” by The Mighty Diamonds, which deals with the recreational use of cannabis, “koutchie” being slang for a cannabis pipe. For the cover version, the song’s title was bowdlerized to “Pass the Dutchie”, and all obvious drug references were removed from the lyrics; e. g., when the original croons “How does it feel when you got no herb?”, the cover version refers to “food” instead. (The term “dutchie” has itself become a drug reference; it refers to a blunt rolled in a wrap from a Dutch Masters cigar.)

The song was first championed by radio DJ John Peel and became an instant hit when it was picked up by MCA Records in September 1982. It debuted at #26 on the chart and rose to #1 the following week. In February of the following year, it reached #10 on the Billboard Hot 100 singles chart in the USA. The song also scored a top 5 success in the Norwegian chart, eventually selling over 4 million copies worldwide. The video, shot partly on the banks of the River Thames in London, across from the Palace of Westminster, was one of the first by black artists to get airplay on MTV.

Pass the Dutchie – Musical Youth