Welcome to Upsetting Station, the magazine component of Eternal Thunder, featuring in-depth articles by Mick Sleeper, David Katz, and others.

Thanks to the efforts of one dedicated Lee Perry fan, the world can appreciate the depth of material recorded at the Black Ark, waiting to be re-discovered in the land of vinyl oblivion. Check out the story behind the incredible Black Ark Nuggets YouTube channel.

One of Lee Perry's right-hand men at the Black Ark was Watty Burnett, who had been working alongside the Upsetter ever since the studio's inception. Reggae journalist Peter I presents a fascinating in-depth interview with Burnett.

Read the fascinating story of Lee "Scotch" Perry, Scotland's most radical producer.

Journalist Neil Spencer visited Scratch at the Black Ark in 1976 and wrote a vivid report, one of several vintage articles you can read in the archives.

Finally, in my continuing series on the classic Black Ark albums, I take a detailed look at the amazing Super Ape.

Rock it in the backyard,
Mick Sleeper



Feature Article
When King Jammy's "Sleng Teng" burst onto the scene in 1985, the all-digital rhythm galvanized Perry. Since he had been using drum machines since the 1970s, the idea of creating rhythms with a machine appealed to Perry immediately. The new, digital sound of the Black Ark was born.