Evolution of a Man Next DoorThe song Man Next Door (a/k/a Quiet Place, or I've Got to Get Away) was written in the late 1960's by John Holt of the Paragons.
In the 1970's, Bunny Lee produced a dub version for King Tubby, A Noisy Place. (There is also a rare "Dub Next Door" by Tappa Zukie). Dave Barker screamed like James Brown on his deejay version of I Got to Get Away. Dr. Alimantado warned about Poison Flour over Horace Andy's early version of I've Got to Get Away.
Dennis Brown sang the hell out of Man Next Door in 1979, which probably inspired the Slits to record it in 1980 for a Rough Trade single (produced by Adrian Sherwood). Here's a shambolic but loveable version of Man Next Door by the Slits (from their live album In the Beginning).
In the 1980's, Adrian Sherwood produced a funk version of Man Next Door by the Strange Parcels (featuring Bim Sherman on vocals, backed by Doug Wimbish and Skip McDonald of Tackhead.) Horace Andy sang Man Next Door again in 1998 with Massive Attack, whose version includes a sample of the Cure song "10:15 Saturday Night".