The version of The Harder They Come that Jimmy Cliff sang in the movie is not the same version that was used on the soundtrack.* The lyrics are slightly different, and the performance is remarkable. Listen to that silky smooth guitar line snaking through the song, and Jimmy’s most soulful vocal performance. I love the version on the soundtrack, but the movie version is better.
The Euphoria Pale Ale by Ska Brewing is silky smooth and easy drinking, with just a mild grapefruit bite from the hops, perfectly balanced by the toasted caramel malts. Only 6.1% ABV, so you can drink a bunch of these at a sitting. The folks from Ska Brewing not only have good taste in music, they make some damn fine beer also. I am giving the Euphoria Pale Ale a 7.5/10, and am on the lookout for other offerings from Ska Brewing.
* The Harder They Come is the greatest soundtrack album of all time, and if any of you are thinking of making an argument that The Big Chill, or, god help us, Footloose is better, please leave my blog and don’t ever come back. However, to show how magnanimous I am, I will listen to arguments made in favor of Valley Girl.