Tuesday, July 22, 2008

Something nutty from Lee “Scratch” Perry

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.


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Undercover Black Man said...

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Jeff Vaca said...

And don't forget that Perry also produced what may be the greatest punk record ever, "Complete Control" by The Clash. Now if that isn't a bizarre combination, nothing is.

DeAngelo Starnes said...

I like that Mount Rushmore in Blackstyle, Dave.

Anonymous said...

I just stumbled on your blog a few minutes ago - I had no idea that Lee "Scratch" Perry was still around!

This is a really cool site, I like your sense of humor - I'll definitely drop back by.

Undercover Black Man said...

^ Thanks, Matt. Welcome.

(And that Wired Internet fame algorithm hurted my feelings. I got a measly 6. That can't be right...)