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Born in this very month (20th March 1936), it’s hard to believe that in just two years time Lee ‘Scratch’ Perry will be 80 years old! Yup the man many believed would certainly have either smoked himself into an early grave, immolated himself during one of his numerous bouts of mucking around with fire, or just plain succumbed to something dangerously bonkers is not only still with us he is going strong and nowadays off the booze and wacky baccy (although, thankfully, he has yet to start acting his age). Indeed the last few years have been something of a purple patch for the godfather of dub (even scooping up a Grammy in 2003 for the Jamaican E.T. album) and with a new album (Back At The Controls) due out in April we decided it was time to polish up and update the great man’s Class Act feature and once again tip our collective hats to Rainford Hugh Perry The Upsetter...
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Shmade 's Appay

Brain May This week we 'ave been mostly listening to Steve Harley and Cockney Rebel’s Birmingham - Live With Orchestra & Choir, the reason being it’s a live recording (on CD and DVD) of both The Human Menagerie and The Psychomodo played in their entirety with, yup you’ve guessed it, an Orchestra & Choir, and it's bloody great. Never let anyone tell you that Roxy Music were the only good thing to come out of glam rock, just check this '84 performance of 'Judy Teen' from London's Camden Palace
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Freaky Yule...

Psychic Dancefloor As Noddy Holder is given to yelling at this time of year ‘It’s Christmas!’ So, in the spirit of giving we’ve got a gift for you. Actually the gift is from Psychic Dancehall – a duo who comprise a punk and a daughter of a Sex Pistol. Yes, Chuck Rowell, formerly of the Crocodiles and Hollie Cook, who’s old man is the Sex Pistols drum clatterer Paul Cook (check out last years fantastic Prince Fatty Presents Hollie Cook In Dub), makers of dark and dreamy synth-pop with hints of reggae. Grab their Xmas Freebie 'Santa Is A Freak' below...
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Best Of 2013

Best Of 2013 Not, in all honesty, a terrific year for releases (has anyone outside of the floppy fringed writers actually heard of half the NME top fifty? Really?), with 2013 possibly being the most guest star heavy ever (scrolling titles with ‘featuring…’ additions abounding). But even average years throw up moments of brilliance and this year was no different, with standout prog, jungle, rock, reggae and just plain wonky moments aplenty. So check this out before spending your record tokens (if such things still exist). more
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Class Act A regular retrospective look at the most influential acts of the last fifty years.
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