Lovers Rock (the scrub off wallpaper genre), was British ingenuity at its finest. Crafted by the first generation offspring, the children from the West Indian diaspora. Having grown up under the watchful influence of the motherland, Jamaica, they now began to find their own voice and make their mark on the world as they entered their teenage years. The year was approximately 1975 and Music was the vehicle that instigated this transformation. Lovers Rock symbolised a coming of age, an assertion of independence and a genuine representation of the young, Black, British struggle. Police brutality was rife and this newly cultivated sound offered sweet solace from a society that found them repellent.
Although the term ‘Lovers Rock’ has been loosely adopted over the years to encompass all Reggae love songs, this is not the case. Lovers Rock is symbolic of BRITISH REGGAE LOVE SONGS within the catchment 1975-1985. It was part of a social movement and a historic moment in time.