Just added Screaming Lord Sutch to our Satanic Doo-Wop playlist on Spotify- listen at the link in bio! Any other fans out there?
Taking inspiration (and his name) from the diabolical genius we posted about last week, Screaming Jay Hawkins, Lord Sutch spread the gospel of unholy shock-rock ’n’ roll to Europe at the dawn of the 1960’s. Taking a leaf out of Hawkins book, Sutch opened each show by rising from a black coffin as Jack the Ripper and incorporated ghastly props such as corpses, skulls and knives.
His performance was often marked by delightfully macabre political satire. In fact, he stood in numerous parliamentary elections (and lost 40 of them) as the founder of the Official Monster Raving Loony Party.
Pictured here, dagger in hand and sinister black eye make up, you can trace his clear influence on later rock ’n’ roll icons such as Alice Cooper.
Lord Sutch’s early works also featured collaborations with one of our favorite producers, Joe Meek, and his release “Lord Sutch and Heavy Friends” included some of the greats such as Jimmy Page, John Bonham, Jeff Beck, Nicky Hopkins, and Noel Redding.
We were amused to find a 1998 article by Rolling Stone that called the record “absolutely terrible.” We’ll interpret that as a complement.
Hail Lord Sutch!