Scientist Rids the World of the Evil Curse of the Vampires  

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Scientist Rids the World of the Evil Curse of the Vampires is an album by the dub musician Scientist. It was originally released in 1981. A digitally remastered version was released by Greensleeves Records as the twenty-fifth of their Reggae Classics series in 2001.


Album information

The album was produced and arranged by Henry "Junjo" Lawes, the rhythms were recorded at Channel One backed by the Roots Radics, and mixed by Scientist at King Tubby's studio.

The liner notes claim that it was recorded at midnight on Friday June 13, 1981, but June 13, 1981 was a Saturday.

Grand Theft Auto III

Several tracks from the album ("Dance of the Vampires", "The Mummy's Shroud", "The Corpse Rises", "Your Teeth In My Neck" and "Plague of Zombies") were featured in the soundtrack to the popular video game Grand Theft Auto III. They comprised the fictional radio station K-Jah and were the inspiration for many of the DJ's irreverent-sounding comments.

Scientist received no royalties for this and sued Rockstar Games unsuccessfully in a US court. The court ruled that according to precedent a recording mixer was not considered the author of a musical work, and so Rockstar were correct to treat the producer Henry "Junjo" Lawes as the copyright holder of the album.

This ruling could be argued to neglect the fundamental difference between dub-reggae and other kinds of music - after all, the album is marketed as 'Scientist rids the world of the evil curse of the vampires': so the publishers and self identified licensors are prepared to attribute authorship to Hopeton Brown when it suits them, but not when it comes to paying him royalties. It can, however, be argued that Scientist was introduced to a much larger audience as a result of the licensing of his album to Rockstar, in which case he may have sold more albums as a result.

Track listing

  1. "Voodoo Curse" – 3:48
  2. "Dance of the Vampires" – 3:26
  3. "Blood On His Lips" – 3:00
  4. "Cry of the Werewolf" – 4:25
  5. "The Mummy's Shroud" – 4:25
  6. "The Corpse Rises" – 3:27
  7. "Night of the Living Dead" – 4:14
  8. "Your Teeth In My Neck" – 4:38
  9. "Plague of Zombies" – 2:49
  10. "Ghost of Frankenstein" – 3:20

All tracks composed by Henry "Junjo" Lawes.


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