Perry, Lee "Scratch" / Chicken Scratch
Album: Chicken Scratch   Collection:Reggae
Artist:Perry, Lee "Scratch"   Added:Feb 2008

A-File Activity
Add Date: 2008-03-02 Pull Date: 2008-05-04 Charts: Reggae/World
Week Ending: May 4 Apr 27 Apr 20 Apr 13 Apr 6 Mar 30 Mar 23 Mar 16
Airplays: 1 2 4 4 1 2 4 6

Recent Airplay
1. Jun 22, 2010: Value Machine
Feel Like Jumping
4. May 03, 2008: The Twilight Zone
Run Rudie Run
2. Jun 05, 2009: Emphysema For Emphasis
Please Don't Go
5. Apr 26, 2008: New World Disorder
Secret Bonus Track
3. Sep 23, 2008: Emphysema For Emphasis
Rape Bait (Aka Jane Ann And The Pumpkin)
6. Apr 21, 2008: Emphysema For Emphasis

Album Review
Sadie O.
Reviewed 2008-03-03
Perry, Lee “Scratch” – Chicken Scratch
Reviewed by Sadie O., 2/22/08
Very early ska cuts featuring Perry as singer, produced by Coxsone Dodd at Studio One. Some tracks have backing vocals by the Soulettes who feature Rita Marley, one track has the Wailers backing, and one has little-known (in the US) singers the Gaylads. Many tracks have sax solos by Roland Alphonso. Production and backing vocals show how non-professional much great Jamaican music of the 60’s really was.
No FCCs detected, although track 10 is clearly about demanding sex… Track 19 is manna from heaven, track 13 is great, all are great fun.
1. **sprightly midtempo ska. Blatting horn section and sax solo from Roland Alphonso.
2. **swingy downtempo ska sashay. Buttery smooth horn solo, slightly demented lyrics.
3. ***somewhat uptempo classic ska with vocal interplay by the Soulettes.
4. **midtempo, quite cute and juvenile vocals.
5. **big intro, uptempo ska with religious call and response lyrics but more soul than spiritual delivery.
6. ***rather lopsided midtempo ska, fun.
7. **odd female vocal intro, then classic ska, battle of the sexes lyrics.
8. **midtempo classic ska with enthusiastic drummer, extremely early Wailers.
9. ***downtempo ska, call and response with rather “naïve” sounding backup singers.
10. *midtempo syncopated ska, rather alarming tale of punishing a pumpkin thief by raping her… Nice horns, though…
11. ***midtempo, quite soulful vocals.
12. ***midtempo, fun lyrics and chorus, horn flourishes.
13. ****big midtempo ska, soulful vocals. Not a cover of the Ernie-K-Doe hit, but with the same message. Several extra stars for demented screaming at the end!
14. ***swingy downtempo ska with demented lyrics – definitely showing the direction he’d be heading!
15. **midtempo classic ska with message lyrics.
16. **”London bridge” horn line, another message song. Harmonica solo!
17. **swingy ska, lyrics make no sense at all. Fairly wild horn solo.
18. ***downtempo ska, preshadows classic rock steady hits. Perry’s voice is sounding more like what we’re used to from him… Nutty guitar solo. Ends several seconds early.
19. *****crazy spoken intro which continues into midtempo ska number, occasionally making a certain amount of sense, then crazy again. Yay!

Track Listing
1. Feel Like Jumping   10. Rape Bait (Aka Jane Ann And The Pumpkin)
2. Chicken Scratch   11. Just Keep It Up
3. Please Don't Go   12. Open Up (Cook Book) (Aka Puss In Bag)
4. Solid As A Rock   13. Mother In Law
5. By Saint Peter   14. Madhead
6. Tackoo   15. Help The Weak
7. Roast Duck   16. Cannot Wrong
8. Hand To Hand   17. John Tom
9. Gumma   18. Run Rudie Run
  19. Secret Bonus Track