Lee «Scratch» Perry – The craziest Schwyzer is dead
– The craziest Schwyzer is dead
The reggae pioneer who worked with Bob Marley died on Sunday at the age of 85. The Jamaican lived in Einsiedeln for 30 years.
It is above all nerds and connoisseurs who know the name Lee “Scratch” Perry. Nevertheless: Without the Jamaican musician, record producer, mystic and video artist, the world would sound very different today. Perry, who passed away last weekend, was an innovator of reggae and the many different musical genres that emerged from it.
Perry, who was born Rainford Hugh Perry in 1936, was responsible for the style-defining records of reggae greats such as Bob Marley, Junior Murvin and Max Romeo, but also worked with punk pioneers The Clash and hip-hop eclectic The Beastie Boys and even with Paul and Linda McCartney. In the studio, Perry did not simply record the songs of his many clients: on the mixer, he distorted their music beyond recognition by adding echoing echo effects and scraps of sound. With his THC-obscured sound spaces, Perry anticipated so many remix techniques that are standard in the hip-hop and dance scenes today.