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Lee "Scratch" Perry & The Upsetters


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Lee “Scratch” Perry (born Rainford Hugh Perry, on March 20, 1936, in Kendal, Jamaica) is a reggae and dub artist, who has been highly influential in the development and acceptance of reggae and dub music in Jamaica and overseas. He is sometimes known as “Pipecock Jackson” or “The Upsetter.”

Perry’s musical career began in the late 1950s as a record seller for Clement Coxsone Dodd’s ska oriented sound system. As his sometimes turbulent relationship with Dodd developed, he found himself performing a variety of important tasks at Dodd’s Studio One hit factory, going on to record nearly 30 songs for the label. Disagreements between the pair due to personality and financial conflicts, a recurring theme throughout Perry’s career, led him to leave the studio and seek new musical outlets. He soon found a new home at Joe Gibbs’s Wirl records.

Working with Joe Gibbs, Perry continued his recording career, but once again, financial problems caused conflict. Perry broke ranks with Gibbs and formed his own label, Upsetter, in 1968. His first single “People Funny Boy”, which was an insult directed at Gibbs, sold very well. It is notable for its innovative use of a sample (a crying baby) as well as a fast, chugging beat that would soon become identifiable as “reggae” (the new sound did not really have a name at this time). From 1968 until 1972 he worked with his studio band The Upsetters. During the 1970s, Perry released numerous recordings on a variety of record labels that he controlled, and many of his songs were popular in both Jamaica and the UK. He soon became known for his innovative production techniques as well as his eccentric character.


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  • tati_bg

    "Os caras" do dub! E juntos, só poderia ser essa maravilha.

    30 Jun 1:28am Reply
  • RussellChap

    Revolution Dub is off the wall & wonderful.

    8 Jun 2012 Reply
  • boehj

    this was a match made in blitzed heaven. sooo much quality on offer.

    20 Jan 2012 Reply
  • thybbuk

    "musical bones": an amazing album that easily falls into the category of "criminally underrated"

    9 Dec 2011 Reply
  • Degarmo

    @Uluen because they released collections together under this moniker, whilst also recognizing the autonomy of the artists in the similar artists section.

    2 Jun 2011 Reply
  • LanFill

    amazing tunes

    1 Nov 2010 Reply
  • gorikomi

    i feel like being under the sun.chill yeah.

    9 Jul 2010 Reply
  • Triptune

    lee scratch perry with natives adventures - at the black ark - rockstone (2007) CHECK THAT OUT !!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

    19 Jun 2010 Reply
  • johntaylor611

    sick-great shit.

    13 Mar 2010 Reply
  • Johro66

    The 'Curly Dub' track is NOT the original track on the album. Totally different tune. If ya want to check out the real one go to and have a listen to it. It's worth it. 'Come along Jah Jah children, come along now...'

    26 Jul 2009 Reply
  • Jim19

    just got roast fish collie weed & corn bread.... one of the craziest reggae albums i've heard in a while!

    11 Jul 2009 Reply
  • misterzeb

    Agree about Ape-ology, really sweet compilation. Another album to check out is the "cloak and Dagger", very good!

    6 Jun 2009 Reply
  • Uluen

    Why is this tagged as "Lee "Scratch" Perry & The Upsetters"? Lee Perry is an artist and The Upsetters is a band, they did lots of separate work. (I'm a big fan of both BTW, just curious about this singular "artist".)

    12 Feb 2009 Reply
  • shishhkarob

    Ape-ology is indeed a great comp.

    11 Jan 2009 Reply
  • BWoolmore

    crazy guy, but some great reggae, check out "White Belly Rat" sometime if you can

    18 Dec 2008 Reply
  • Aromatas

    Dubdubdub inna ape-ology dub

    27 Nov 2008 Reply
  • Parisblues

    "Django shoots first" ;)))

    24 Nov 2008 Reply
  • liquorfire

    the most potty!!

    4 Sep 2008 Reply
  • korgull73

    The man is a legend though. A man who has worked with so many greats from The Clash to Bob Marley. Beastie Boys to Max Romeo. Pure genius, maybe that's why he starred in a range of Guinness adverts. A huge inspiration on other faves of mine such as The Orb. Blackboard Jungle is an old fave as well as Dubbing psycho thriller with Dub Syndicate. "I'll microwave your record collection!" Mad a s a hatter, but great with it. I saw him at the Reading festival in 1998. The bass was so intense my intestines almosr prolapsed.

    9 Aug 2008 Reply
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