Between 1980 and 1984, Lawes and Linval Thompson used the Roots Radics at Channel One with Scientist mixing, to help record a number of hit albums and singles by the DJ. In 1981, after his debut Wa Do Dem , Eek-A-Mouse was the surprise star of Reggae Sunsplash. “Ganja Smuggling”, “For Hire And Removal” and “Do You Remember” and the album Skidip sustained his high profile. High profile singles “Terrorists In The City”, “Anarexol” and “Operation Eradication” (a response to his friend Errol Scorcher’s death) followed, along with The Mouse And The Man and Assassinator and several appearances on live dancehall albums. Nevertheless, it was not long before his characteristic “biddy biddy bengs’ started to wear thin and his popularity diminished somewhat after 1984″s Mouseketeer, the last of his albums with Lawes.

Eek-A-Mouse made something of a comeback with 1991’s major label release U-Neek, which included tracks produced by Gussie Clarke, Daddy-O and Matt Robinson, and a cover version of Led Zeppelin’s reggae pastiche “D’Yer Maker’. He also made a cameo appearance in the movie, New Jack City and recorded for Wild Apache and former Channel One engineer, Soljie. Following his brief exposure on a major label, Eek-A-Mouse returned to cult obscurity on a series of independent releases including 1996’s Black Cowboy and 2004″s Mouse Gone Wild.

Wa-Do-Dem (Greensleeves 1981)****, Skidip! (Greensleeves 1982)***, with Michigan And Smiley Live At Reggae Sunsplash (Sunsplash 1982)*, The Mouse And The Man (Greensleeves 1983)***, Assassinator (RAS 1983)***, Mouseketeer (Greensleeves 1984)***, King And I (RAS 1987)**, U-Neek (Mango/Island 1991)***, Black Cowboy (Explicit 1996)***, Eeksperience (Coach House 2001)***, Mouse Gone Wild (RAS 2004)***.

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