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The Wire (October 1999)

By Rob Young

Eternal Thunder: Lee "Scratch" Perry

There's a rumour in the news section of this website, dealing with the past and present of old Pipecock Jackxon himself, that a new Black Ark studio is being constructed on the site of Lee Perry's original in Kingston, Jamaica. Such is the close relation of webmaster Mick Sleeper with the subject that he can immediately elicit and post a denial from Scratch (now residing in Switzerland) in a typically oblique verse. The on-site discography doesn't claim to be complete, but at least makes a brave attempt to nail down his solo records, albums he produced, collections he curated, and production work for The Upsetters, Wailers and sundry other Jamaican acts. The site also includes a clutch of photos taken at various points on Perry's engagingly eccentric curve, and a terrific selection of dubwise links, but best of all is a section devoted to Scratch's words of wisdom - a gallery of quotes from his infamous patois-ridden interviews - including the claim that he torched the Black Ark to the ground because someone had stolen his favorite rubber ball.