It could be easy to dismiss Eek-A-Mouse as a novelty act with his gimmicky biddie biddie bong bong dengen beng sprinkled all over most of his hits. But when listening to the 33 track anthology Eek-Ology it’s obvious that the nasal Mouse is immensely talented and versatile with his tongue twisting delivery and reality checking lyrics.
Eek-A-Mouse emerged on the scene in 1974 with an extremely rare 7” that included the brimstone and fire roots outings Creation and My Father’s Land. These two were followed by another dreader than dread tune – No Wicked Can’t Reign, where the plaintive Mouse sounds much like Pablo Moses.
He dismissed his style as ordinary and wanted something unique. And it’s now that he invents what today is referred to as singjaying, a combination of singing and deejaying.
The first to record the new and improved Eek-A-Mouse was The Mighty Two, aka Joe Gibbs and Errol Thompson. The tracks were however never released in 1980 when they were recorded. Instead they were put out after Eek-A-Mouse’s breakthrough hit Wa-Do-Dem had dropped a few years later.
Eek-Ology carries a thoughtful selection of dancehall hits driven by sparse and heavier than lead riddims provided the almighty Roots Radics as well as rare nuggets from his extensive catalogue. It comes roughly chronological and spans from his earliest recordings in the mid-70s to material recorded for UK reggae veteran Blacka Dread in the late 90s and early 00s.
The two dics – three if you count the DVD with a live performance in 1982 – showcase a unique talent with good humour and an inimitable flow. Eek-A-Mouse took the ribbiting, boinking and oinking to a completely new level and on his way he dropped a number of classics, and all of them are included on this set.
Eek-Ology comes with excellent liner notes from Harry Wise and the Mouse himself comments several tracks.