Saturday, December 5, 2015

Hi Back At Ya: Lee "Scratch" Perry and "Greetings"

A pioneer of dub brings the random tune for the day. Lee "Scratch" Perry is a Jamaican music producer who uses inventive and innovative techniques in studio and in production. Using existing reggae tracks, Perry was an early adopter of effects and remixing to create new instrumental or vocal versions of the songs. He produced a number of influential reggae artists, including Bob Marley and the Wailers, at his Black Ark studio during the 70s, but stress and outside unwanted influences took their toll - the studio fell into disrepair and eventually burned down, with Perry insisting that he burned the studio in a fit of rage. Perry's career got back on track in the late 80s after beginning to work with British producers and after quitting alcohol and pot. He has since won awards, including a Grammy, and has branched out into other fields such as canvas painting, paper, and video. This song, Greetings, can be found on his 2004 album Panic in Babylon.