Tuesday, April 14, 2009

Shock Rock

Screamin' Jay Hawkins - "I Put A Spell On You"

"Shock rock is a wide umbrella term for artists who combine rock music with elements of theatrical shock value in live performances.'Shock rock' first appeared as a loose genre term during the early 1970s, referring to glam rock era musicians. The genre's 'weapons of outrage' vary from decade to decade, but generally involve issues of sex and/or violence which are designed to push the current limits of decency.

Screamin' Jay Hawkins was arguably the first shock rocker. After the success of his 1957 hit "I Put a Spell on You", Hawkins began a stage show where he'd emerge from a coffin, sing to a skull and set off smoke bombs, among other gimmicks." (wikipedia)