This week in Lost In The Music, we will be looking at one of dancehall’s genius - Terror Fabulous. Terror is no ordinary deejay, but is an artiste that sets himself apart from the dominant deejays in the ‘90s that included the likes of Louie Culture, Terry Ganzie, Shabba Ranks and at the time the fast rising Buju Banton.
Terror Fabulous was definitely one of the most talented deejays to emerge on the dancehall scene. Dancehall as a genre should be honoured that someone like Terror Fabulous got a chance to bless the microphone and display his versatility. His resourceful and potent lyrics still stuck adamantly to our tongues and we cannot help but sing along whenever we hear his songs. Songs from his fabulous catalogue still ‘mash up’ nuff dancehall sessions worldwide.
Terror Fabulous is not just a ‘fly by night’ deejay. He has class, versatility and one of the best voices dancehall fans have come to know and trust. His colourful catalogue includes hardcore hits such as Gangster's Anthem, Have You Ever Seen A 45 Before, and for the ladies he has Glamorous Glitterous, Miss Goody Goody, You Nuh Kotch, and much more. Terror Fabulous also boasts one of the most compelling anti-gay songs in Number Two, bettered only by what some describe as Buju Banton indomitable Boom Bye Bye.
Some of Fabulous’ more recognized hits were Dave Kelly’s production and includes the prized combination with Nadine Sutherland, Action (1993), and the super collaboration Anything For You (1995) that featured several of dancehall’s finest. While Spragga Benz and Lady Saw’s Backshot has risen as a much loved dancehall song, it can be argued that Terror Fabulous’ 'Position' is dancehall’s ‘backshot anthem.’
Fabulous was one of the stand out artistes of the ‘90s. He not only ruled the dancehall and climbed the charts, but also dominated stage shows. His rode rhythms effortlessly with some solid singles.
As the nineties began to surrender to welcome in the new millennium, so too did Terror Fabulous’ career. Rumours circulated wildly in the ‘underground’ dancehall circles about Fabulous’ flop and some were hinged on him being involved in drugs. Other simply cited bad promotions. Whatever the reason, we have not seen or heard enough from Terror Fabulous since the late ‘90s. There is hardly anything mentioned about him in the media and he is simply not being booked for performance at all.
The last time he performed at a ‘major’ show was at Portmore Awards in 2005, where he gave a performance that fell well short of his standard. Terror Fabulous does have his strong music catalogue as his artillery, all he needs to do is find his way back into the music and use up his artillery.
With todays fast pace music and rhythms, it would be interesting to see how a ‘rusty’ Terror Fabulous would match up against our young artistes.