Welcome to Eternal Thunder, the original web site dedicated to the works of Lee "Scratch" Perry. First launched in 1996, Eternal Thunder is the only Lee Perry fan site to get official approval from the Upsetter. The site includes a discography, biography, podcast and magazine, all with exclusive and upsetting content. Stay red and enjoy your visit.

Nice new wax

People Funny BoyApril 27, 2019 | Some crucial Scratch tunes are back on vinyl and in a handsome box set.

With the CD format slowly but surely dying, it's nice to see new collector's sets being pressed on vinyl. Trojan has just announced People Funny Boy: The Early Upsetter Singles box set, a nice collection of 10 singles from 1968. Although the choice of tunes isn't particularly inspired (most if not all have been released on previous Trojan collections), the set looks nicely crafted and certainly serious collectors will want to get their hands on this one.

And if you can't afford original Black Art records, Pressure Sounds continue to release some Lee Perry gems on crisp new 7" singles. Their latest platters include "Wolf Out Deh" by Lloyd and Devon, "Better Future" by Errol Walker, and "Voodooism" by Leo Graham. Check their singles back catalog for more Black Ark and early Scratch productions.


Give thanks!

Give ThanksMarch 14, 2019 | Looks like Eternal Thunder is not an eternal blunder.

Thanks to everyone who has provided positive feedback and trouble-shooting tips after the major redevelopment of this site in December. Mistakes have been corrected, and broken links have been fixed.

At the moment, there are no new Lee Perry collections being released, but there is an interesting box set on the way for Record Store Day 2019 featuring new vocal tracks from Scratch and friends on top of vintage Black Ark rhythms. Featuring Dennis Bovell, Congo Ashanti Roy, and Sylford Walker, this set looks upsetting indeed.

March 20 is the Upsetter's 83 birthday, and he shows no signs of slowing down. Long may he rave! If you want to wish Scratch a happy birthday, be sure to connect with him on his lively Facebook page or Twitter.


This is upsetting

Scratch in the yardDecember 1, 2018 | This is...upsetting! Welcome to the new Eternal Thunder.

Okay, okay, let's take it from here... It's strange to think that this web site has been part of my life for more than 20 years now. Eternal Thunder first went online as Soundzs From The Hotline in 1996 – crude in both content and design in the early days of the internet. Over the years, as my knowledge of both Lee Perry's music and web design got better, I faithfully updated Eternal Thunder regularly and added a lot of new content. In 2006, after a long period of inactivity, I pretty much rebuilt every pixel of Eternal Thunder. That foundation is still solid, and so this latest redevelopment is mainly about modernizing the web site's code, along with some new content, improved graphics, and a cleaner look. So what's new in the 2018 Eternal Thunder?

The discography has been brought as up to date as possible, including the most recent Perry collections and 7" singles from Pressure Sounds and Reggae Fever's mighty catalogues. A listing of US and Canadian singles has also been added, something that is long overdue. Also overdue is a search function to hopefully make discography entries easier to find. Some of my favourite singles have been annotated with information and sound samples.

Revisiting the discography was interesting, as we are certainly living in an era of shifting sands when it comes to collecting music. I originally created the Eternal Thunder discography in the 1990s, just as record labels were starting to re-release a lot of Lee Perry's material on CD. At the time, I had no solid information on the hundreds of singles and LPs that were out there in vinyl oblivion, so such a listing never even occurred to me. 20 years later, the CD is moving towards extinction, and – in some cases – certain discs are now almost as rare as records from the 1970s! (A copy of Blood & Fire's Jesus Dread set now sells for anywhere between $80 and $200 on Amazon.)

It seems strange to be nostalgic for the 2000s, but the terrific flood of Lee Perry material from that time has now slowed to a trickle, with Pressure Sounds' series of Scratch collections being the only game in town. As we move into the MP3 future, I'm curious as to how people are going to find, discover and collect Lee Perry's music over the next decade. I'll do my best to keep the discography up to date.

Upsetting Station – the magazine section of Eternal Thunder – has been completely revamped. This is where you can find many in-depth articles on Lee Perry and his music. Over the years, I've been able to solve some mysteries, analyze some of Scratch's best works, delve into some alternate history, and have some fun with the magazine. I've also included some vintage articles from the 1970s that are fascinating to read, since they come from a time when Lee Perry's music was still new. I hope to add more articles to Upsetting Station in the future.

Although I have no plans to produce any new episodes, I'm very proud of the Radio Scratch podcasts. From 2006 - 2009, I produced more than 30 episodes of Radio Scratch that chronicled almost every aspect of Lee Perry's career, from his earliest ska numbers to his deepest Black Ark material and his eccentric modern works.

Finally, my apologies to anyone viewing this site on a mobile device, as it has not been optimized for mobile viewing. Due to the size of the web site and the volume of information contained within, it might very well be another 10 years before I get around to figuring that out! And if you see any broken links or other errors, please

Enjoy the new Eternal Thunder.


The Black Album

The Black AlbumOctober 20, 2018 | Lee Perry and Daniel Boyle join forces again for another excellent album.

For many years, the quality of Lee Perry's recorded output has largely depended on who he's working with. Happily, over the past decade Scratch has managed to find talented collaborators such as Subatomic Sound System, Pura Vida, and the White Belly Rats who have provided a solid foundation for the Upsetter's one-of-a-kind ravings. At the top of this short list of valued collaborators is UK producer Daniel Boyle, whose first album with Perry, Back On The Controls, was a massive success on many fronts. Featuring a deep and sprawling mood, the album featured excellent musicianship guided by Boyle's expertise in the producer's chair. Four years later, Scratch and Boyle are back with The Black Album.

Rather than knock you out like the sprawling and dread vibes of Back On The Controls, Black Album turns things down a notch. Boyle once again assembled a mighty set of session musicians and crucial analogue equipment to create the right vibe for the Upsetter, who muses on outer space, the dangers of eating meat, Kingston rude boys, and black shadows. Scratch is both focused and playful on Black Album, and with some imagination, you could imagine this set as something Perry might have recorded in the early 1980s. The inclusion of dubs for every track is a great bonus, as they nicely extend the vibes of each song and take the mood of Black Album to higher heights.

It's an album that reveals more details with each listen, especially in the crisp and spacious dub tracks. Another high point in Scratch's modern career.


Sell me something good

Bogus Lee PerryDecember 12, 2017 | In Eternal Thunder's discography, you will find a comprehensive listing of all of the dubious and misleading Lee Perry collections that have been around since the 1990s.

These bogus CD releases range from low quality collections of actual Scratch productions to music that has absolutely nothing to do with Lee Perry. Thankfully, over the years most of these titles have faded from sight, but you still see a few of them now and again.

As I work on the redevelopment of Eternal Thunder, I was amazed to discover that bogus Scratch collections are alive and well in the 21st century. I would have thought that bootleggers would have given up this trickery in the MP3 era and found other ways to rip people off, but guess again! Currently Amazon lists more than a dozen digital collections which are mainly strange bootlegs of material from Return of the Super Ape as well as weird sets of music that have no Lee Perry connection. And then there are some very strange and amusing digital releases that are best left in the dark corners of Amazon cyberspace.

Of course, there's a big difference between bootlegs in 1997 and 2017 – now you can listen to these releases before you buy them. Hopefully any discerning Lee Perry fan will check out the audio samples and know that most of this music is available from more legitimate sources or realize that the tunes are not Perry productions.


Soon come

TimeSeptember 18, 2017 | As reported earlier, I've been slowly but surely working on a major overhaul to Eternal Thunder. It's a huge task, and the work can be tedious.

Also, life and other hobbies often have a way of making sitting in front of a computer chopping out HTML code seem a little dull. But, little by little, it is nearing completion!

There have been some notable Lee Perry releases in the past few months, namely the ambitious Super Ape Returns to Conquer and the enjoyable Science, Magic, Logic. Even a casual Google search finds lots of interesting articles about Scratch as he continues to rave in his 80s. Once the new web site is launched, I'll do my best to keep current.

Thanks to everyone who has been tuning into Eternal Thunder for the past 20 years, and thanks for your patience. Soon come, as they say in Jamaica.


Roast fish and new threads

Lee Perry shirtJune 12, 2017 | If you've ever wanted a Lee Perry t-shirt, Hawaiian shirt, or tank top, then your prayers have been answered.

Japanese clothing label Wacko Maria has just released a line of eye-catching clothing featuring Lee Perry imagery, including record labels, logos, and photos of Scratch. The collection is quite extensive, with lots of really cool Upsetter, Justice League, and Black Art records on t-shirts.

However, before you plan on updating your wardrobe, keep in mind that the items range in price from $100 and up, so while you might be the best dressed chicken in town, you won't have much money left over for buying records!


#Upsetting

Lee Perry on social mediaOctober 8, 2016 | POSITIVE VIBRATIONS AND LOVE IS WHAT THE WORLD NEEDS!!!!! LOVE YOU ALL MY FANS JAH BLESS £$P

Such is a typical social media post from Lee Perry, who has embraced both Facebook and Twitter over the past six months.

TO COMMUNICATE WITH YOUR INNER-SELF YOU HAVE TO MASTER SELF-AWARENESS AND TAKE TIME TO SLOW DOWN AND BE PRESENT.

Sounds like The Upsetter is taking his own advice when it comes to his regular and enthusiastic posts. His Twitter feed is particularly entertaining, with lots of neat photos, videos, promotion of upcoming shows, and simple, heartfelt messages to his fans. I can remember first interviewing Scratch in the 1990s when the internet was still new (he constantly referred to it as the "winternet") so it's delightful to see him connecting with fans through the medium.

UPSETTER ARISE AND ALL UPSETTER ENEMIES BE SCATTERED UPSETTER LIVE JAH LIVE LIFE IS YOUR DREAM LOVE LIFE AND LIVE!


Give Thanks to Jehoviah

Give Thanks to JehoviahAugust 20, 2016 | Lee Perry teams up with Max Romeo for Max's new album and in a wonderful, stop-motion animation video.

Max Romeo's new album Horror Zone is yet another triumph for Max and producer Daniel Boyle. After Dan's outstanding work with Lee Perry on Back On The Controls, he teamed up with reggae hero Max Romeo for a new album that is rich and heavy with a sound that conjures up memories of the Black Ark studio. Even though it comes 40 years after Max's landmark album War Ina Babylon, you can think of Horror Zone as a direct sequel to that incredible recording.

Lee Perry appears on two tracks, "What If" and "Give Thanks to Jehoviah", the latter of which has been rendered as a delightful video directed by Adam Cutts where Max and friends embark on an interplanetary adventure with the Upsetter.


Aura Lewis 1947 - 2015

Aura LewisFebruary 6, 2016 | Aura Lewis – who played a small but crucial role at the Black Ark – has passed away at the age of 68.

Aurelia Lewis was born in South Africa and experienced a turbulent youth due to the strain of apartheid. The Lewis family fled South Africa, and spent time in Rhodesia, Botswana, and Congo before eventually settling in Sierra Leone. In 1968, at the age of 21, Aura relocated to New York to attend college. In 1973, she saw the Wailers perform and was suddenly inspired to pursue a life in music.

Lewis began writing music with her American friend Pamela Reed, and a chance meeting with Jimmy Cliff led to the two of them joining Cliff as backing vocalists on a tour of West Africa. Passing through London at the end of the tour, Lewis and Cliff met up with Lee Perry, who was recording some tracks with Bob Marley. It was then that Lewis met Candy McKenzie, a British singer who was providing backing vocals to Marley's epic "Punky Reggae Party."

Soon after, Lewis found herself in Jamaica, working with Jimmy Cliff on his Give Thankx album. Lewis was reunited with Reed and McKenzie, and the vocal trio Full Experience was born. The trio's first recordings included the landmark Heart of the Congos album as well as Lee Perry's feverish "Disco Devil."

While a Full Experience album was planned and recorded with Lee Perry at the Black Ark, the finished tracks never saw the light of day. Some unfortunate tension between Lee Perry and Jimmy Cliff resulted in a game of hide-and-seek with the master tapes. Lewis was given a poor quality tape with only five songs, which she eventually got released via the French Blue Moon label in 1990 and quickly became a collector's item. Aura Meets Lee Perry at Black Ark Full Experience was re-released on the Sunspot label in 2012.

After her frustrating experience in Jamaica, Lewis continued her nomadic life, moving back to the United States, then France and Belgium, and continued to work in music with a variety of artists. She eventually returned to her South African homeland in 1997. It was there that she suffered a stroke on Christmas morning in 2015 and died a few days later.

Read an interview with Aura Lewis at Smokey Room and David Katz's detailed obituary at FACT Magazine.


Fire at Scratch's home

Lee Perry FireDecember 3, 2015 | Sad news out of Switzerland: Lee Perry's home has been severely damaged in a fire.

As The Upsetter himself reported on his Facebook page, he forgot to extinguish a candle, and it led to a fire. According to Scratch's anguished Facebook post, "MY WHOLE LIFE COLECTIONS, ARTS, MY MAGIC HATS, MY MAGIC BOOTS, ALL MY CRAZY SHOW OUTFITS AND COSTUMES: KING, POPE, GENERAL, MAGICIAN... ALL MY ELECTRONICS AND STUDIO EQUIPMENT AND MY MAGIC MIC, BOOKS, MUSIK, CDS... EVERYTHING GONE!!!!"

The good news is that Scratch and his wife Mireille are alright. The Facebook post doesn't explain whether their entire home was destroyed, or only the area that Scratch refers to as his "secret laboratory."

In happier news, a new series of 7" singles from Reggae Fever looks upsetting. Titles include "Open The Gate" by Watty Burnett, "Street Walking" (AKA "Walk The Streets") by Rajah Ruffin & The Upsetters, "Norman" by Max Romeo, and more. Let's hope there are more on the way!

Update (December 5): Lee and Mireille talk to CBC Radio about the fire.

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