Dub Legend Lee "Scratch" Perry on AC
I subscribe to Tape Op, the free print magazine for music recordists and producers. The current issue has an interview with legendary dub producer Lee "Scratch" Perry that includes the following exchange:
Lee: Maybe the cat was Bob Marley. He was a male witch. He killed my bird and I said, "You won't get away. Sooner or later, I'll catch up with you." I catch up on black magic and I deal with black magic. I catch up with the black cat, black magic, and I decide I get even with the black cat. That's just fun. Black Magic. Jay-Z teacher.
Lee: Jay-Z and Beyonce teacher. Aleister Crowley. Ill, very ill inside. So they want to be Illuminati. Ill doom and naughty. Illumi good. Illumi-gorgeous. Illumi-copycats. Illumi-rat and Illumi-ratbat. That's a vampire. An Illumiratbat.
Blood clot Da man dere think the i should not feed the cat ?
The man need to gawn with dat.
Him dishing out spaced zombified Reggae to sheep.
Da dred need to leave it alone and let the people be exposed to the pure Reggae.
You know the kind that dosen’t lull one to sleep but is a live wire direct to the Most High Mighty Cat !
Immediately before the part i quoted (the whole interview is very, um, elliptical)- i think we can say The Upsetter does not like cats anymore, or at least one cat, that killed his white bird:
I feel a bird, right? And a cat's coming to kill my special bird. My bird was a white bird and the cat was black and it got jealous. It killed my white bird. What do we do? We kill the cat! The cat killed my bird, and I killed the cat too. I got lost. I love cat and cat loved me; but killed my bird. He's jealous. The cat is black magic. Want to eat all the birds. Want all the magic.
As the interview begins, The Super Ape asks for tape-head cleaner (pure alcohol), and sets his shoes on fire. Lee burned his Black Ark recording studio to the ground to exorcise it, so i'm sure they kept a fire extinguisher handy, given that history.