84-year-old Lee “Scratch” Perry (aka the Upsetter) is a Jamaican record producer and singer noted for his innovative studio techniques and production style.
Perry was a pioneer in the 1970s development of dub music with his early adoption of remixing and studio effects to create new instrumental or vocal versions of existing reggae tracks.
He has worked with and produced tracks for a wide variety of reggae artists, including Bob Marley and the Wailers, Junior Murvin and Max Romeo.
He also produced albums for the Beastie Boys, the Clash and many others.
Continuing the ongoing Dragon Cafe Musical Sequence, this week Shelley and I have added “Return of Django” by the Upsetters. The Upsetters was Perry’s Jamaican house band and their name comes from his nickname of Upsetter, after his song “I Am the Upsetter.”
They recorded some great tracks. This instrumental is probably their best known and Shelley and my personal favourite.
Whilst many of us have time on our hands, you might like to watch this rather long but nonetheless fantastic YouTube documentary all about Scratch’s life and find out exactly why he was known as the Upsetter.
Don’t forget! the ongoing Dragon Cafe Musical Sequence is meant for everybody.
You can come up with a tenuous or obvious connection to the last suggestion. Feel free to add some background info like we tend to do, or you can simply drop in the track.
If you want to take us off in a completely different musical direction … That is fine too.
Perhaps tell us why you like the song and what it means to you …
It’s Monday today, so we will see you at 3 pm as usual.