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* OutOfCharacterMoment: Given his militant image he has a few:
** "Hoot Nanny Hoot", his first recorded song about a dance (derived from the term "Hootenanny")
** His JAD era song "Love", which is incredibly mellow. Neville Willoughby witnessed him writing it, and was surprised to find it wasn't a cover and that Peter improvised it on the spot. He gave the song to Willoughby to record, with Johnny Nash also recording a version.
** His cover of "Here Comes The Sun" by TheBeatles and "Little Green Apples" by O.C. Smith, which suggest that he was not above mellowing out his music for international markets (although they didn't get released outside Jamaica for many years).
** "Nothing But Love", a duet with Gwen Guthrie on the album "Wanted Dread And Alive". It is possibly the most commercial thing released by any of the three Wailers. Peter himself stated that he recorded it specifically to get US radio airplay, as he felt they were hostile to reggae music.
* RefugeInAudacity: He was fond of doing so to rail against the establishment, with the most prominent example being "Buk In Hamm Palace", in which he not only encourages the listener to come to Buckingham Palace and light up a spliff, but that he is going to burn the place down as well.

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* LighterAndSofter: His last three albums are distinctly happy sounding, particularly "Wanted Dread And Alive", which has a noticeably sunny atmosphere.

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* FemmeFatale: His last girlfriend, Marlene, was often described as having ulterior motives, with many believing that she introduced the people into his life who ended up murdering him.

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* {{Catchphrase}}: He freely used the Jamaican curse words 'bombaclaat', 'bloodclaat' and 'fuckery', 'seen' (which is the Jamaican way of saying 'do you know what I mean?') and his own word 'shitstem' (a portmanteau of 'shit' and 'system', meaning the government) in basically every interview. He even recorded a song called "Oh Bumbo Klaat" [[RefugeInAudacity just because he could]].
* CloudCuckoolander: Many of those that met him felt that he became this way over time, with a particular tendency towards antisocial behaviour in interviews and spontaneous violence towards his friends and family.

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* BerserkButton: He reacted very strongly to patronising attitudes towards Jamaicans. He also objected to the common descriptor of him as 'militant', because he associated the military with babylon and violence. He preferred to be called a missionary.
* TheCasanova: He was the most popular Wailer amongst girls in his early days, which Rita Marley explains in her book. By his own admission he had children with so many different women he couldn't recall all of them.
* CutShort: His last album "No Nuclear War" ends with possibly the least obvious closing track of his discography, the simple and poppy "Come Together".
* DoNotCallMePaul: He didn't like his birth name of Winston because he felt it was too colonial, so he changed it to Peter after the biblical figure of that name. You occasionally see him referred to as Winston in legal documents that have leaked from his many arrests.
* DrivesLikeCrazy: According to Lee Jaffe in his book "One Love", Peter was this. Inevitably, it led to a tragic crash in 1974 that killed Peter's girlfriend Yvonne as well as seriously injuring him.

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* StageName: Compared to his legal name of Winston Hubert McIntosh. He was originally known as Peter Touch because of his tendency towards being hands-on with women he was attracted to. He changed it to Tosh in about 1970 or so.


* RemadeForTheExport: "Wanted Dread And Alive" as released in Jamaica and North America features the songs "The Poor Man Feel It", "Cold Blood" and "That's What They Will Do". Internationally, these songs were replaced with "Rok With Me", "Oh Bumbo Klaat" and "Guide Me From My Friends", the first two of which became Jamaican singles. In turn, "Cold Blood" was used as a b-side to "Nothing But Love" in the territories where it was left off the album. The 2002 remaster of the album used the international tracklisting for the album and added the Jamaican/North American tracks as bonus tracks.



* TrainSong: ''Stop That Train'', a song about a man who wants a train to be held because his loved one is on it and he wants to talk to her before it leaves.

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* TrainSong: ''Stop That Train'', a song about a man fed up with life and who wants a train to be held because his loved one is leave on it and he wants to talk to her before it leaves.a train.

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* SopranoAndGravel: His contribution to the Soulettes song "Don't Care What The People Say", and to a lesser extent, his duet with Gwen Guthrie on "Nothing But Love".


In 1974 Tosh left the band and went solo. He released his debut album ''Music/LegalizeIt'' (1976), of which the title track became his biggest hit. Because of its EverybodyMustGetStoned message the song was banned in Jamaica, but it made him famous all over the world. His next album, ''Equal Rights'' (1977) became an even bigger success because of this. ''Bush Doctor'' (1978), featured a cover of ''Don't Look Back'', sang with Mick Jagger and Keith Richards of Music/TheRollingStones. "You Gotta Walk And (Don't Look Back)" is a very upbeat synth-heavy {{reggae}} cover of the Temptations song, [[BlackSheepHit which sounds nothing like his other work]] where he usually sounds more cynical. He also appears in the music video of "Waiting On A Friend" from the Stones' album ''Music/TattooYou'' (1981).

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In 1974 Tosh left the band and went solo. He released his debut album ''Music/LegalizeIt'' (1976), of which the title track became his biggest hit. Because of its EverybodyMustGetStoned message the song was banned in Jamaica, but it made him famous all over the world. His next album, ''Equal Rights'' (1977) became an even bigger success because of this. ''Bush Doctor'' (1978), featured a cover of ''Don't Look Back'', sang with Mick Jagger Music/MickJagger and Keith Richards of Music/TheRollingStones.Music/KeithRichards. "You Gotta Walk And (Don't Look Back)" is a very upbeat synth-heavy {{reggae}} cover of the Temptations song, [[BlackSheepHit which sounds nothing like his other work]] where he usually sounds more cynical. He also appears in the music video of "Waiting On A Friend" from the Stones' album ''Music/TattooYou'' (1981).



* UsefulNotes/{{Africa}}: ''Mama Africa''.



* ShoutOut:
** He was referenced by Music/ATribeCalledQuest on ''Music/TheLowEndTheory'' (1991)
--> ''Eating Ital Stew, like the one Music/PeterTosh''
** Music/LaurynHill also namedrops him during "The Beast" from Music/TheFugees' album ''Music/TheScore'' (1996).
--> ''...and if you are too powerful you get bugged like Peter Tosh and Marley was (...)''

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* TheFarmerAndTheViper: Tosh befriended Dennis "Leppo" Lobban, an ex-convict, and tried to help him find a job. Lobban repaid Tosh by leading a three-man gang to his house and robbing and murdering him.


After Music/BobMarley Peter Tosh (born Winston Hubert McIntosh, October 19, 1945 - September 11, 1987) was perhaps the second most famous reggae musician in the world.

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After Music/BobMarley Peter Tosh (born Winston Hubert McIntosh, [=McIntosh=], October 19, 1945 - September 11, 1987) was perhaps the second most famous reggae musician in the world.


After Music/BobMarley Peter Tosh (October 19, 1945 - September 11, 1987) was perhaps the second most famous reggae musician in the world.

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After Music/BobMarley Peter Tosh (October (born Winston Hubert McIntosh, October 19, 1945 - September 11, 1987) was perhaps the second most famous reggae musician in the world.


After Music/BobMarley Peter Tosh (1945-1987) was perhaps the second most famous reggae musician in the world.

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After Music/BobMarley Peter Tosh (1945-1987) (October 19, 1945 - September 11, 1987) was perhaps the second most famous reggae musician in the world.


* CoverSong: ''Don't Look Back'', ''Johnny B. Goode''.

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* CoverSong: CoverVersion: ''Don't Look Back'', ''Johnny B. Goode''.


"...and if you are too powerful you get bugged like Peter Tosh and Marley was (...)"

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"...--> ''...and if you are too powerful you get bugged like Peter Tosh and Marley was (...)")''

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