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Blood, Tears and Thunder DUB

by Chopper Franklin



Chopper Franklin's “Blood, Tears and Thunder DUB” is the second single from album “Spaghetti Western Dub No. 1” (out January 27, 2024 on Ratchet Blade Records). It’s a groundbreaking album that fuses the vast, arid landscapes of Spaghetti Western music and the heavy rhythms of Dub Reggae.

The lyric video uses clips from the spaghetti westerns “If You Meet Sartana Pray For Your Death” (1968) and “Death Rides a Horse” (1967, both in the public domain.) It also features news clips displaying the violence between the PNP (whose leader was Michael Manley) and the JLP (led by Reagan-stooge Edward Seaga, who had ordered the 1976 assassination attempt on Bob Marley) both during, and after, the contentious 1980 Jamaican elections. Watch it here: youtu.be/kVmVTh8zfLY

In the spirit of The Clash, Bad Brains’ and Public Image Limited’s brews of reggae and punk, Franklin takes his original Spaghetti Western compositions and remixes them with the deep, bass-heavy, echo-drenched soundscapes of Dub. The album features vocals by Mather Louth (Heathen Apostles) and the Phantom of the Black Hills.


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Blood, Tears and Thunder

Worried man, just a simple man
Never drawn to hate
Poor man takes a gun in hand
Leaving all to fate

Desperate man joins a hardened band
With a plan to take
Then they ran, across the Rio Grande
Holding gold of weight

Say hello - to men who hunger
For the blood, tears and thunder
When you take – from those who suffer
Say hello to them all

Banker Bland sent his every man
Armed with ball and blade
Every man came back with heads in hand
In a mad parade

Say hello – to all that plunder
For blood, tears and thunder
When you turn – to harm your brother
Say hello to them all


released December 8, 2023
Produced and Mixed by Chopper Franklin
Mather Louth - vocals

Song by Chopper Franklin (Ratchet Blade Music - BMI)
Recorded at The Devil’s Doghouse
Artwork from a photo by Lawrence Drayton

© 2023 Ratchet Blade Records


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Heathen Apostles Los Angeles, California

"If there is such a thing in the current fringe roots genre as a supergroup, it would certainly be the Los Angeles-based dark roots and gothic country band Heathen Apostles, who includes ex-members of Radio Noir (Mather Louth), The Cramps (Chopper Franklin), Kings of Nuthin’ (Thomas Lorioux) in its ranks. That is one hell of a lineup." - No Depression Magazine ... more


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