Jimmy Cliff Covers Rancid’s “Ruby Soho”
If you were a high school punk at any point in the 1990s, Rancid’s “Ruby Soho” is a song that’s running through your veins at all times. Rancid frontman Tim Armstrong recently produced Sacred Fire, a new EP from a fellow legend, reggae innovator Jimmy Cliff. And the EP features Cliff singing “Ruby Soho” in that perfect honeyed falsetto, with music behind him recorded to sound like the soulful early-’70s reggae that Cliff helped to make famous. Hear it at Surviving The Golden Age.
Also, check out two videos of Cliff singing with the Roots on last night’s Late Night With Jimmy Fallon. On the show, Cliff and the Roots did “The Harder They Come,” the canonical gem from the movie of the same title. And as an online bonus, they also did the Sacred Fire bonus track “World Upside Down.”
Sacred Fire is out today on Collective Sounds. Check out our Progress Report interview with Cliff.