Sunday, 25 March 2012

Screaming Lord Sutch - Jack the Ripper

Sunday again, and sure the hell we are continuing with our Horror/Shock Rock theme and listens on a little melody in. David Edward Sutch (1940 – 1999), also known as "Screaming Lord Sutch, 3rd Earl of Harrow", or simply "Screaming Lord Sutch", was a musician from the United Kingdom. He was the founder of the Official Monster Raving Loony Party and served as its leader from 1983 to 1999, during which time he stood in numerous parliamentary elections.

During the 1960s, Screaming Lord Sutch was known for his horror-themed stage show, dressing as Jack the Ripper, pre-dating the shock rock antics of Alice Cooper. Accompanied by his band, the Savages, he started by coming out of a black coffin. Other props included knives and daggers, skulls and "bodies". Sutch booked themed tours, such as 'Sutch and the Roman Empire', where Sutch and the band members would be dressed up as Roman soldiers.

Despite self-confessed lack of vocal talent, he released horror-themed singles during the early to mid-'60s, the most popular "Jack the Ripper", covered live and on record by garage rock bands including the White Stripes, the Gruesomes, the Black Lips and the Horrors for their debut LP.

Screaming Lord Sutch at London Rock & Roll Show - 1972, were he is performing "Great Big Coffin" and "Looking for Mary" This clip is just marvelous, check it up.

The London Rock and Roll Show was a concert held at Wembley Stadium in London, England on August 5, 1972. It was the first ever concert held at the stadium.

The concert included performances by major performers including Bo Diddley, Jerry Lee Lewis, Little Richard, and Bill Haley and His Comets. The concert ended with an extended performance by Chuck Berry, who at the time was enjoying major chart success in Britain and the US with his "My Ding-a-Ling". Other established rock and roll acts were The Platters, The Drifters and The Coasters. Roy Wood's new band Wizzard, only formed a few weeks previously, also made their live debut at the show.

The show was opened by MC5, who were not over-popular with the crowd. Little Richard also got booed when he stopped singing rock and roll and jumped on top of his piano. As did a very new Gary Glitter, with The Glitter Band.

The concert was filmed and released in 1973 as The London Rock and Roll Show, directed by Peter Clifton. Although no soundtrack release occurred at the time the film was made, one was finally issued in the early 2000s, followed by several different releases with different combinations of performances.

Anyway, todays tune "Jack the Ripper", released as a 7" single in the UK and Germany in 1963 on Decca. The song was banned by the BBC upon its release.

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