i put a spell on you

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After a bit of an absence I’m back with Screamin’ Jay. You just can’t beat it. My older brother had a Screamin’ Jay Hawkins LP when we were kids, and it included a song called “Constipation Blues” that made us laugh. That was 1969’s What This Is album. As I recall, on the album jacket he thanked the then current president, Richard Nixon, for bringing back a bit of the 1950s. What he meant by that, you can decide.

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3 thoughts on “i put a spell on you

  1. Hawkins’ next truly inspired waxing came in 1969 when he was contracted to Philips Records (where he made two albums). His gross “Constipation Blues” wouldn’t garner much airplay, but remained an integral part of his legacy for quite a while.

  2. Vince Hines

    Screamin’ Jay Hawkins will never become a household name, but I say he should. In fact, I feel he’s entitled to a place in the Rock and Roll Hall Of Fame alongside hundreds of less deserving bands. Jay is the original shock rocker-the original musical boogeyman. A regular Howlin’ Wolf meets Baron Samedi meets Daffy Duck. Aside from his(then)outrageous stage appearance and antics, there’s the matter of his music, which is pretty out there even for today. Imagine what people must have thought of this guy in the 50s! If you like your blues screamed with bits of jibberish, snorting, baby talk, and other assorted nonsense, then this is your guy. He’s got a tremendous baritone voice and sounds as though he’s all jacked up on caffeine and just can’t sit still, just like this guy I knew in high school. Rumor has it that Jimi Hendrix was a big fan. I wish that he would have gotten more popular or at least would be given his due. As you can probably tell by my reviews, I’m an Alice Cooper nut, but as much as a pioneer as Alice is, Jay was there first. It’s just no one saw him. So, with that all said, I can only say that if you don’t want to buy a cd, every man woman and child should at least hear Screamin’ Jay at some point in their lives. He’ll always have my upmost respect as a musical pioneer.

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