Scratch Perry: Live at CBGB
It's time like these we wish we lived in New York. It's not every day you get the chance to see a legendary iconic figure perform in a legendary venue. Luckily, our boy Specs Toporczer was able to make the show, and sent us this review, complete with photos of Mr. Scratch:
Lee Perry wears enough flair to outfit an entire chain of Chotchkie's. Bracelets. Rings. Earrings. Hat pins. Double what Mr. T had around his neck. We put Scratch on a scale before the show; he weighed 152 pounds in the raw and 183.5 with the hardware. He's a septuagenarian and therefore can pretty much get away with anything -- including one extended sermon about "pee, poo and shit," and another about the devil and cigarettes and uniting Jamaica and America, neither of which were part of the bargain when I bought the $42 ticket. Regardless of that, seeing the crazy legend at NYC's most famous venue (in its final month of existence) was well worth it. How many other dudes in the same age bracket as Joe Paterno are capable of ripping off a soulful dub set for a bunch of stoned New Yorkers? And if you're Dub Is A Weapon -- a young sextet from Brooklyn that is 83.3 percent white -- how sick is it that you get to be Scratch's backing band?
Weird show, great experience, subpar snapshots from a correspondent who couldn't figure out how to use his new camera. R.I.P CBGB, long live L.S.P.
- Specs Toporczer
Lee Scratch Perry Panic in Babylon (Dave Sitek remix) mp3