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The “Bad Boys” of reggae, veteran band Inner Circle, will celebrate their 50th anniversary in 2018, and their latest single, fittingly, is a cover of a 50-year-old song, The Doors’ “Light My Fire.” The reggae remake of the rock classic (produced by Inner Circle, released on DubShot Records/SoundBwoy Entertainment) features Samoan American reggae star J Boog and Jamaican dancehall sensation Konshens—and it developed from a bout of insomnia.

“I couldn’t sleep one night and the story of Jim Morrison was on TV, he was singing 'Light My Fire' in a laid back way and I was like, this guy has a reggae attitude,” Inner Circle bassist Ian Lewis recalled in an interview with Billboard on the phone from the band’s Circle House studios in North Miami. “Then J Boog came here, he was chilling at our studio and the idea came to me to do 'Light My Fire' because I thought it was a wicked song,” Ian continued. “Reggae is that natural kind of music that can wrap itself around anything so the song just came off of a vibe, it wasn’t planned.”

Meschino, P. (2017, August 11). Reggae Veterans Inner Circle Premiere 'Light My Fire' Video, Share Plans for 50th Anniversary: Exclusive. Retrieved from www.billboard.com

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