The Ragga Twins ‎– Illegal Gunshot / Spliffhead

Vinyl, 12", 45 RPM


A Illegal Gunshot 4:48
AA Spliffhead 5:37

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Track durations are not listed on the release.

Track A samples:
Vocal from Kool G. Rap & DJ Polo - Road To Riches
Vocal from Slick Rick - Children's Story

Track AA Samples:
Synth from BFC - Galaxy
Vocal from In Crowd - We Play Reggae

Barcode and Other Identifiers

  • Barcode (Text): 5 019918 000106
  • Barcode (Scanned): 5019918000106
  • Matrix / Runout (Etchings side A): SUAD. 7·A·1 Stu LYN · 27260
  • Matrix / Runout (Etchings side B): SUAD · 7·AA 1 LYN- 27261


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September 25, 2018

Side B as others mention is the one, the sound of Pirate Radio from the early early nineties. A track that just stood out with its deep deep reggae subs, snappy break and simple but superb acid lines and eerie atmosphere. Not forgetting the perfect Ragga chat from the 'Twins'

A track clearly of its time, but so so relevant still. Simple and so effective. Superb


March 6, 2017
All about the B side on this... Spliffhead - fiery but catchy. Very much like Steve J's review below (from 2007!) - this was a fusion mix of different styles... A speeded up hip hop loop, a few acid synths, ragga style b line and vocals all combine to make something heavy which tore up dancefloors in the early 90's.

Great production... the bass, vocals and the smooth breaks minus the drum loop work really well. Played on a loud sound system - the bass will shake the room/club... think PFM 'Western'.

As a little side bonus... Spliffhead has pretty much been untouched by all the old skool mixes from Ministry, Moondance etc.

It's not the easiest track to mix but if you're playing to a knowledgeable crowd and want to shake things up... this will go down a storm.


August 15, 2008
'Illegal Gunshot' is not only a damn good tune but the subject matter is as relevant now as it was then. The track managed to approach the menace of gun culture with humour and clever imagery. Flinty Badman talks about hearing people in the street talking about guns, he hears 'gun talk' lyrics in the songs in the dance and finally 'then me ere a man bawl/eh, me bredren get shot' where Flinty manages to convey the danger and panic of a gun fight in a packed club but still uses rhymes that make you smile.



August 12, 2007
edited over 10 years ago
Whilst the A side "Illegal Gunshot" is a fairly solid piece of conscious ragga set on top of a breakbeat, its the flip that has secured Ragga Twins deserved place in dance music history.

Although the routes of hardcore were seeded a bit earlier, Shut Up and Dance were one of the pioneers to really push the sped-up hip-hop breakbeats, with acid and house influences, but also add a touch of reggae/sound system culture too, and hardcore emerged.

The first time I heard this dropped in amongst a mix of predominantly Belgian techno (which was king at that time on rave dancefloors), it was absolutely devastating. Certainly some of the purists weren't having it, but for many there, the b-line and that drop signalled something very special to come.