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Brief Biography
Lee ‘Scratch’ Perry is a Jamaican reggae producer, formed an inhouse band called as The Upsetters. The history behind this name is that Lee was himself known as The Upsetter and this name was assigned to him by Coxsone Dodd during the early days of his career when he used to set up Dodd's sound system.
This popular band was formed of guitarist Alwa Lewis, organist Glen Adams and brothers Aston ‘Family Man’ Barrett and Carlton Barrett on bass guitar and drums respectively. Led by pianist Gladstone Anderson, The Upsetters were the ones who originally recorded “Live Injection” and “Return Of Django” which proved to be international hits. These Gladdys All-Stars were chosen for a tour in the UK and they remained a studio band that is most associated with the name to form the core of Bob Marley's backing band The Wailers.
The soundtrack of Grand Theft Auto: London used tracks such as “Return of Django” and “Dollar In The Teeth” by The Upsetters. Also the track “Chase The Devil” from the album “War Ina Babylon” is featured featured on the reggae radio station K-JAH Radio West in a well known vedio game, “Grand Theft Auto San Andreas”. This track was by Max Romeo and the Upsetters which was released in 2004.
Lee 'Scratch' Perry

Early Upsetters
• The Upsetter (1969)
• Return of Django (1969)
• Clint Eastwood (1970)
• Many Moods of the Upsetters (1970)
• Scratch the Upsetter Again (1970)
• The Good, the Bad and the Upsetters (1970)
• Eastwood Rides Again (1970)
• Africa's Blood (1972)
• Cloak and Dagger (1973)
• Rhythm Shower (1973)
• Upsetters 14 Dub Blackboard Jungle aka Blackboard Jungle Dub (1973)
Black Ark era
• Double Seven (1974)
• DIP Presents the Upsetter (1975)
• Musical Bones (1975)
• Return of Wax (1975)
• Kung Fu Meets the Dragon aka Heart of the Dragon (1975)
• Revolution Dub (1975)
• Super Ape aka Scratch the Super Ape (1976)
• Return of the Super Ape (1978
• Producer Lee 'Scratch' Perry himself was known as The Upsetter - a name reputedly given to him by Coxsone Dodd in the days when he used to set up Dodd's sound system.
• Return of Django is featured in the movie This Is England