Screaming Lord Sutch

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Though Screaming Lord Sutch never had a hit in Great Britain or in the USA, he laid some unheralded groundwork for the phenomenon of the so called "British Invasion". With a rock'n'horror act based to a large degree on Screamin' Jay Hawkins, David "Lord" Sutch was one of the first genuine rock'n'roll longhairs, and his bands employed such sterling instrumentalists as Jimmy Page, Jeff Beck, Ritchie Blackmore, Nicky Hopkins, and Mitch Mitchell before they became famous. His early 1960s singles - mostly over-the-top Halloween novelties or covers of early rock and R&B standards - aren't brilliant, but they are genuinely energetic and fun performances that rank among the few out - and - out raunchy rock'n'roll records waxed in Great Britain before the ascension of the Beatles. Twiddling the knobs on his first five singles was the legendarily eccentric Joe Meek, who embellished Sutch's modest talents with his usual grab bag of treated instruments, compression, and odd effects. While he holds a position of undeniable importance in the history of British rock, Sutch was not a talented singer or musician, and the records he made after the mid-1960s were pretty lame, despite the presence of some stars who remembered him fondly (and had even sometimes played in his band in the old days).

A well-known public figure in Great Britain, he ran for Parliament several times in the 1960s representing the "national teenage party," and founded the pirate radio station Radio Sutch in 1964. He published his autobiography in the early 1990s and was the leader of the Official Monster Raving Loony Party.

Discography

1962 Screaming Lord Sutch 7" single Dracula's daughter / Come back baby country gb.gif GB: Oriole CB 1962 feat. Jeff Beck (guitar)
1963 Screaming Lord Sutch 7" single Jack the Ripper / ... country gb.gif GB:
1963 Screaming Lord Sutch 7" single I'm a hog for you baby / Monster in black tights country gb.gif GB: Decca F 11747
19?? Screaming Lord Sutch 7" single Don't you just know it / ... country gb.gif GB:
19?? Meteors and Screaming Lord Sutch 12" single Meteors meet Screaming Lord Sutch country gb.gif GB: Ace MAD1
1982 Screaming Lord Sutch LP Rock and horror country gb.gif GB: Ace 65
1986 Screaming Lord Sutch LP Screaming Lord Sutch story bootleg:

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