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“It was only four tracks on the machine,” Jamaican music legend Lee “Scratch” Perry once said of an early mixing board, “but I was picking up 20 from the extraterrestrial squad.”

Last Sunday at the Tokyo club Yellow, the fit 68-year-old Perry burst onto the stage wearing a gilded crown encrusted with faux gems, flashing lights and, apparently, an intergalactic tractor beam through which he channeled inspired madness from his squad in the Beyond.

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