'Scratch' on his Grammy win
'Scratch' Perry - Carlington Wilmot
LEE 'SCRATCH' PERRY was
ebullient about his Reggae Grammy win last Sunday, and expressed his views about
the win and the rationale behind his absence at the Madison Square Garden, New
York event in an exclusive interview with
to his absence, he said; "I promised God not to go to the 'city of doom' for the
next ten years. I will not bless the city of doom," he said, chuckling.
Speaking from his Zurich, Switzerland
home, Perry's voice was full of strangled laughter as he spoke. "My music is no
longer reggae, it is 'Eggae'. In darkest night and brightest day, there will no
longer be reggae, only 'Eggae'. Black magic has fallen, the 'beat' (a reference
to Clement 'Sir Coxsone' Dodd's Downbeat sound system) is cramped and paralyzed
forever...," Perry said, safely esconsced in his own universe.
Perry won the 'Best Reggae Album' Grammy
Award at the 45th annual Grammy Awards for his 2002 CD
. "Beware of what you buy and take to your
house," he warned, "The people choose E.T.
, eternal life, Bob Marley die, Peter Tosh die,
so don't buy ... music or you will die."
As the interview got progressively
stranger, Perry stated "The people say Lee 'Scratch' Perry shall get the award
and Freddie McGregor shall wait forever in the United States. I didn't do any
nose lift like Michael Jackson, I wish my fans to be rich like me. I'm not
supporting any black magic, my queen name is the original Snow White."
As to how he is going to receive his
Grammy, given the fact that he has no intention of going anywhere near New York
City, Perry gleefully stated "I'm glad
did it, but they have to mail it. I have the
Muslims at the tip of my swords, I have them puzzled, my enemies bedazzled, I am
George Bush number one enemy ."
The relevance of the latter two statements
somewhat managed to elude THE STAR
reggae come stress, 'Eggae' come to heal, to make the poor rich. I'm coming back
to Kingston to save Kingston. I am the sheriff to get the rebels arrested and
executed. The rebels are... the 12-Tribe whose God is coke, drinking devil's
soup which is the rum."
coherent was his adoring wife Mirielle, who told
that "I am so happy. I knew that he would win, I
was screaming when he won." Due to the time difference, the couple did not find
out about the win until yesterday, when sometime Perry collaborator the Mad
Professor called them with the news. "He didn't want to go because of the
(proposed) war (on Iraq). We are happy, we are smiling," she said, the joy
evident in her voice.
Perry closed with a warning for George W. Bush. "Whatever he do, he will feel,"
he declared, and then laughed gleefully as the interview came to an end.