If there were a Mount Rushmore of “eccentric blackness,” it would have to include Sun Ra, Screamin’ Jay Hawkins, George Clinton... and dub-reggae pioneer Lee “Scratch” Perry.
Story goes that Mr. Perry once burned down his own recording studio because he thought it was possessed by Satan.
Check some of Lee’s tripped-out mumbo jumbo from a recent interview:
“If it wasn’t for my shit, I wouldn’t be here now, and if it wasn’t for my piss I wouldn’t be talking to you. My shit is my doctor and my piss is my psychiatrist.”
Lee “Scratch” Perry is 72 years old.
The Jamaican-born producer and performer, now living in Switzerland, has a new CD coming out next month. It is called “Repentance.”
I’m streaming the track “Pum Pum” on my Vox blog; click here to listen.
As for this bit of strangeness below... that’s a 3-minute vid I swiped off Mr. Perry’s MySpace page.