Their single "Smoking My Ganja" blew the woofers out of UK soundsystems throughout '78, and propelled them into the studio to record a full-length. The resulting LP, Headline News, was one of the critically acclaimed reggae records of 1979 with its finely balanced blend of African, Jamaican, and English influences and songs that covered topics ranging from religion to marijuana legalization to the bloody reign of Idi Amin. Jerry Dammers of The Specials has been quoted as saying that hearing "Smoking My Ganja" convinced him that the Specials mix of punk and reggae would work.
Their original album "Headline News", also contains the full length 12" mixes of `UK Skanking', `Smoking My Ganja' and `Natty Walk'. The band also released the highly sought-after `Bread and Water' 7" EP, a ska-flavored quartet of tracks, which was released in 1980 - a nod to the 2-Tone scene that was taking place in the UK at the time. Capital Letters were big favorites of John Peel and recorded a session which was broadcast in January 1980. Peel championed Capital Letters and for a time played a track from `Headline News" on every show over a period in 1979. As a result, `Smoking My Ganja', `Run Run Run' and `President Amin', were hits in France, Spain and Holland.
Word is that the band has reformed and plans to tour. They will play at the Birmingham Arts Fest Saturday September 13 on the Arcadian Stage.
Here is a video of their biggest hit "Smoke My Ganja"
Here is the track list and download of "Headline News":
2 do we really need a government
3 president amin
5 smoking my ganja
8 buzz rock
9 run run run
10 out of afrika
11 uk skanking (12 mix)
12 natty walk (12 mix)
13 smoking my ganja (12 mix)