Lister, what on Titan is this din? *Lister*!!
- Arnold Rimmer ("Balance of Power", Series I)

Rastabilly Skank, also called Rastabilly Ska, was a music group formed on Earth sometime in the 21st or 22nd century. It is said to be favourite band of Dave Lister.

Notable appearances

Rastabilly was introduced in Series I, and although rarely heard again is mentioned throughout the run of the television series.

Lister sings it on his guitar in the Red Dwarf sleeping quarters during "Balance of Power". Rastabilly Skank's albums have, according to Arnold Rimmer, a government health warning which mentions that it makes those who listen to it "irritable and irrational and has been linked to disorders of the nervous system and bowels." Rimmer asked Lister to not poison his sound waves, and suggested that he listen to something classical like "Mozart, Mendelssohn, or Motorhead".

Much like his guitar, and Rimmer's Hammond Organ music, the rest of the boys from the Dwarf hate Rastabilly Skank (although Rimmer gained a short-lived appreciation of the band after Lister tampered with his memories in "Thanks for the Memory").

However, Ace Rimmer was familiar with Rastabilly (likely through his friendship with the alternate dimension Lister, Spanners), certainly familiar enough to sing along with Lister while they fix the starboard engine of Starbug in the Series IV episode "Dimension Jump".

In the Series XI episode "Give & Take", Lister is seen in his bunk, drinking Leopard Lager and reading an old JMC magazine about Titan whilst listening to Rastabilly Skank. His future self enters and chloroforms him whilst his past self is blissfully unaware.

Behind the scenes

  • The isolated Rastabilly Skank music cue created by Howard Goodall is available on the bonus features on the Series I DVD.

External Links

Rasta Billy Skank extended to 10 minutes (sort of)10:11

Rasta Billy Skank extended to 10 minutes (sort of)

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