Saturday, 28 July 2012

Saturday Scratch #4

In 1963 Lee Perry was working for Coxsone Dodd's Downbeat Sound System and this early ska vocal cut from Scratch is a thinly veiled sideswipe at their big rival in the dance, Prince Buster.

'Come let's face the facts, 
The Prince is in the back, 
 He is completely lost, 
Like a tuppence in the grass'. 

One suspects that the rivalry was a somewhat hyped-up affair, however, as four years later, after Perry had walked out on Dodd, he recorded a number of sides with the Prince, including the classic 'Judge Dread'.

Enjoy your weekend.

Previously on Saturday Scratch.


Anonymous said...

I love all those stories of sound system rivalry, some of them more real than others. Didn't Duke Reid resort to gun power on more than one occasion? Would have been amazing, if rather scary, to be there. Nice cut, Scratch.

The Swede said...

Heady times indeed - and so much great music!

Old Pa's Corner said...

Another top choice!

The Swede said...

Cheers OPC!

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