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"OUT OF BOUNDS" by HR of Bad Brains.
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"HR IN DUBB" (EP) by HR (Human Rights) of Bad Brains.
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The immortal STALAG 20, 21 & 22 -- THE NEXT GENERATION featuring Elephant Man, Mr. Vegas, Junior Demus, Ce'Cele, Merciless, Danny English, Egg 'n' Bread, Hawkeye, Chico and more... (Reggae-Dancehall super artists). Project was mixed by Cordel "Scatta" Burrell.
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Roguish Armament Alternative Hiphop.
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"KEEPER OF THE FAITH"
"Keeper Of The Faith" is a 100% Reggae Muzik album in the works... Still looking for right tracks for this album.
This piece was originally published in Fantra Zine about 2000. The I-view was conducted late September, 1999. And it went a little so'em like this...
Scratch at the Terranova in Melbourne, Australia -- “Good evening and greetings to people of the universe. This is Lee Scratch Perry, the mighty Upsetter, madder than mad, dreader than dread, redder than red, dis yah one heavier than lead. We are here at the Turntable Terranova, it means we are taking over…”
Lee Scratch Perry is arguably the greatest living legend of reggae music alive today, and there is no disputing the fact that he is one of the greatest geniuses to ever operate a mixing desk. He is Black Ark studio once a dread factory, churning out heavyweight roots productions which seemed to drip with magical sound from another world – but even before he built his own studio, Perry’s productions seemed to work on a whole different level.
One by one most of reggae’s greats were to pass through Perry’s doors. The Wailers recorded their first two albums for Perry; work which is still regarded by many fans as the highpoint in Bob Marley’s output. Later Black Ark productions involved established singers such as the Heptones and Max Romeo, as well as then-unknowns like the Congos and Junior Murvin. As well as seminal albums by all of these artists, Perry produced countless singles and LPs by a multitude of others, with every cut bearing his unmistakable signature.
During the second half of the 1970s, Perry’s backyard studio was firing on all cylinders, and he could turn even the most mediocre performance into a winner. Was it the ganja smoke that he blew onto the master tapes as a blessing? More or likely it was sheer wizardry at the desk (mixing board). Using only a basic four-track recorder, Perry managed to get a depth and texture that engineers of today would struggle to get with 24 tracks. While the man known as King Tubby deserves most of the credit for inventing dub, Perry incorporated dub techniques into all of his work like no other. A master of his Echoplex reverb unit and Mutron phaser, Perry would go to town on his recordings, before bouncing them down unto a single track to free up three more. Rather than resulting in a loss of sound quality, this seemed only to add atmosphere to his productions. These days, Perry has a somewhat more exotic explanation: “It was only four tracks on the machine… but I was picking up twenty from the extraterrestrial squad.”
In 1979, Perry was reportedly seen around different parts of Kingston, Jamaica walking backward and striking the ground with a hammer. Shortly after, he was to burn his Black Ark studio to the ground. Perry was seemingly left with no way to express his “madness” musically, and it began to manifest itself in his everyday behavior. Perry methodically covered every inch of the Black ark ruins with bizarre graffiti, before eventually leaving Jamaica.
During the eighties, he was to return to recording periodically. He cut albums for himself and other producers (most notably the English On-u sound boss Adrian Sherwood), all featuring his own crazy brand of singing/toasting/ranting. He continued in similar vein to present day, with his most recent recording loyalty to English dub-master Mad professor
These days Perry lives in his “chapel” on top of a mountain in Switzerland. He has not mellowed in his old age, and he is as eccentric as ever. Although he agrees to more interviews now than in the previous decade, he is still in the habit of turning the interview into “outerview,” where he turns the tables on the question asked, or simply rants whatever he desires.
While I was prepared for a roller coaster ride when I placed the phone-call from Melbourne, Australia to Switzerland, I wasn’t prepared for Perry’s vehemently anti-reggae stance, which was actually quite amusing…
Fantra Zine note: To say Lee Scratch Perry is a bitter man when it comes to reggae is a gross understatement. During the interview, Scratch took Jesse for a ride to the near side of far beyond the outer limits.
Interview: Jesse I: You’ve got a lot of nicknames. They call you Scratch, The Upsetter, Pipecock Jackson, Super Ape, the list goes on and on. What’s your preferred title?
Lee Perry: Scratch. Scratch means more to me. Because I go by the alphabet… and Scratch… the “S” is for sky. And the “S” also mean the American dollars. And the “S” is also for space. Which is Scratch, Scratch, Stratch? And also the turntable, the Lion. So I preferred to be called Scratch…
Jesse I: Right, Right. You have been involved with reggae from the beginning. What made you decide to enter the music business?
Lee Perry: Um… Well, from the beginning I wasn’t a reggae man. I was a soul man from the beginning. But when I see what was in Jamaica, and see all the people suffering in Jamaica, I think that nuthin’ (else) like reggae could help them. So I was starting to get involved in reggae… then I discovered that the meaning of the reggae… it means a strange dog who is designed to kill. So I won’t let reggae kill me, but whoever the reggae must kill, the reggae must kill. But the reggae has already done its job. But there won’t be another reggae artist come back in heaven for sure. You’ll have music that you won’t miss any reggae. I’m going to make music that you won’t miss reggae…
Fantra Zine note: Fuck it! I’m going to behave like Scratch and truncate typing this interview. And in Scratch-mode Program X-Two-Nine, I thgim hsinif siht emitemos… neht niaga I thgim ton. Thgir tuoba won tsuj gniog ot tsalb emos eeL yrreP dnous "Super Ape Inna Jungle" dna knird a toh epirtsder. One thing for certain, the narcissistic genius figured it out a long time ago. Great job Jesse I Nonneman. The piece withstood time. Jesse I did another version of said interview here in WordPress.
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