SCRATCH THE UPSETTER
As some of you know, I have started my Scratch The Upsetter YouTube video channel. This channel, I think, is a great addition and it will give you a better view of certain releases when browsing this Upsetter discography. So far I have added several hundreds of songs and will continue to add even more. Entries in this discography that have a YouTube song, will be marked with a behind the song title. By clicking on it, your browser will open a new tab for the song to play.
New songs will be added on a regular basis, so if you want to stay updated make sure to subscribe to the channel.
If you haven't got a YouTube account yet, you can set one up very easy. Create one with any email you have and you're set. You can now subscribe to any channel you want and stay up to date with your favourite music and video's and you can even upload your own, whenever you like.
YOUTUBE LINKS ON THIS WEBSITE
I have tried to add as many YouTube links to every release possible in this discography. Unfortunately, not all YouTube videos will play for each visitor on this website. Sometimes YouTube video's are blocked for certain countries and in other cases, video's are simply removed by either YouTube or it's user.
If you happen to come across a link that will not play your video, please send me an email or simply leave a comment on the page. Hopefully I will be able to sort it out with another link or upload the song myself.
In the 60's and early 70's reggae producers and singers were greatly inspired by Black American 'Rhythm and Blues' and 'Soul' singers. This resulted in numerous covers from artists like The Impressions (with Curtis Mayfield and Jerry Butler), Ben E King, The Chil-lites and many more. Reggae artists often made their debut by covering songs and make them 'their own'. Singers like David Isaacs, Busty Brown, Slim Smith, Susan Cadogan, Junior Murvin, George Faith; they all have wonderful versions of songs that were 'borrowed' from their black American colleagues.
In his book Kiss Me Neck, Jeremy has listed a great deal of songs that were recorded by Lee Perry or by an artist he was producing. Perry himself was especially fond of the Chi-lites album (For God's Sake) Give More Power To the People and even got to record with some members of the band (the horn section) when they were in Kingston. Bunny Clarke's album only tracks Kinky Fly and Second Avenue both feature the band.
To give you an insight of all these songs, I have compiled a playlist that covers most of the songs that are listed in Kiss Me Neck and more songs that didn't make the book in time.
GUINNESS BEER ADS (Article by Marco On The Bass)
Fans of Lee 'Scratch' Perry are generally quite familiar with the iconic reggae producer/artist's creative output. However, chances are that if you lived outside of Ireland in the early 2000's (2001 to be exact) you might not have known that Perry appeared in a series of groundbreaking and utterly surreal television advertisements for Guinness. Shot in and around Dublin by Zak Ove (son of filmmaker Horace Ove whose 1971 documentary, "Reggae", was the first in depth film on reggae music to ever be produced), the campaign, which broke on July 14, 2001, attracted attention to Perry as much as it did the famous Irish stout.
According to an interview that Jay Pond-Jones the art director for the spot did, the entire process of creating the ad spots was not very different from the way Perry has approached producing and recording music-- completely improvised.
Director Ove described the spots as surreal visual interpretations of Perry's words. For example, Perry told Ove he meditates while in his tub, so one spot finds him speaking from within his tub in a variety of locations, representing the dub originators mental travels. The spots have to be seen to be really appreciated. They are a unique instance where I can truly say that art and commerce have merged with magnificent results. Watch and enjoy them all below (hopefully while you enjoy a pint of black gold!).
In 2008, Tim Noakes, co-producer of the album Repentance travels to Jamaica with Lee Perry to make Lee's very first ever music video.
Location: Platinum, one of Kingston’s duttiest go go clubs. There are signs on the walls asking people not to have sex with strippers in the private rooms.
It may only be 2pm but there’s pum pum wherever you look. Sitting down in the middle of a room full of bootay queens, Scratch’s PR lights a joss stick for him. He shoves it deep into his afro. Behind him, stylists apply make up to faces and oil to thighs. Scratch’s eyes dart around the room, taking in the view. Most men his age would have a heart attack. Instead £$P asks the stylist if he can have a go ..... (read more)