White Mice takes on Europe

Wednesday, January 17, 2018

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Hardcore dancehall fans never tire of hearing White Mice's True Love. It's one of those songs that gets the revered gun salute.

Released in 1987 on the ubiquitous Far East rhythm, True Love remains White Mice's signature. It's what fans want to hear whenever he performs.

The singer, who turned 47 in October, still records and performs in Europe and the Caribbean. In March, he has dates lined up for southern California, followed in June by shows in Maine and Connecticut.

Because he has a club/sound system based in Europe, many of White Mice's current songs are done for independent companies in that continent. But the Rastafarian artiste admits wherever he goes, fans want to hear the tunes that made him a teenage star.

“Wi do some great works as a youth, yuh nuh, so people out dey still love hear dem. Sound system inna Europe still want dub plate wid song like True Love an' Youths of Today,” he said.

Liveth and We A Blood are among White Mice's latest songs. Released in Europe, they are produced by a Swedish and French company, respectively, and geared towards a particular market.

“There's a big vinyl market inna Europe, dem call it black gold. Is like everybody over dey have a turntable,” White Mice explained.

Born Alan Crichton, in Montego Bay, he first recorded at age 14 for hometown producer Neville Thomas. His debut song, Dolly Stylee, did little and he moved to Kingston for greater opportunities.

There, he became a member of Sugar Minott's influential Youthman Promotions camp. His colleagues included Yami Bolo, another teenaged singer.

White Mice had only one released song ( No Competition) for Minott, which failed to distinguish him. He had a change in fortunes with brother and producer Courtney Crichton, who assembled an outstanding cast of musicians at the happening King Jammy's studio in Waterhouse to record True Love.

“Wi have people like Steelie an' Clevie, (guitarist) China Smith, (bassist) Chris Meredith an' (drummer) Squiddly Cole work pon dem song dey. Yuh can si why people still love dem,” he said.

White Mice plans to release an EP by this summer.

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