He moved to London in 1984 and resumed an abundant recording and performing career. On stage, leading matching lineups of Upsetters and intermingling songs with free associative speeches, he introduced himself as a costumed wizard-jester-wise-alien, like Sun Ra or George Clinton.
In the studio, he collaborated with producers who had drawn inspiration from his 1970s dubs, making albums with Adrian Sherwood, Bill Laswell and, largely, Anglo-Guyanese producer Mad Professor. On Sunday, Mad Professor posted on Facebook that they had enough material recorded for 20 more albums together and added, “What a character! Totally ageless! Extremely creative, with a memory as sharp as a tape recorder! A brain as precise as a computer!
In 1989, Mr. Perry married Mireille Rüegg, a record store owner who became its manager, and moved with her to Switzerland, where they lived until they moved to Jamaica in 2020. Besides her, her survivors include their two children, Gabriel and Shiva, and four children from her first marriage: Cleopatra, Marsha, Omar and Marvin (Sean) Perry.
Recognition has continued to grow for Mr. Perry over the decades. In 1998, the Beastie Boys featured him on their album “Hello Nasty”, employing his vocals and lyrics on “Dr. Lee, PhD.
Mr. Perry has been nominated five times for a Grammy Award for Best Reggae Album. His album “Jamaican ET” (2002) won the award.
In 2018, he told Uncut magazine, “The reality is, all this madness, all this madness, I made it work, because it’s nature. It is natural grace. In nature, we have the great space above us, the great sky, the orbit. Nature is crazy! I want my records to sound as crazy as nature.