8 de outubro de 2008

Screaming Lord Sutch

Screaming Lord Sutch, 3rd Earl of Harrow, known as Screaming Lord Sutch, born David Edward Sutch (10 November 1940 – 16 June 1999) was an English musician and aspirant politician, and was famed for founding the Official Monster Raving Loony Party.

In the 1960s, inspired by one of his favourite rock and roll stars, Screamin' Jay Hawkins, he changed his name to "Screaming Lord Sutch, 3rd Earl of Harrow". Early works included recordings produced by legendary audio pioneer Joe Meek.

During the 1960s, Screaming Lord Sutch was known for his horror-themed stage show, as well as for usually dressing as Jack the Ripper, pre-dating the shock rock antics of Alice Cooper by several years. He often started the show by coming out of a big black coffin.

Sutch's album Lord Sutch and Heavy Friends featured legends such as Jimmy Page, John Bonham, Jeff Beck, and Noel Redding. The album was re-released as "Smoke & Fire".

For his follow-up album, Hands of Jack the Ripper, Sutch assembled a group of British rock celebrities for a concert at the Carshalton Park Rock 'n' Roll Festival. Musicians appearing on the record included Ritchie Blackmore, Keith Moon and Noel Redding.

In the Rolling Stones song "Get off of my cloud" the guy who shows up "all dressed up just like a Union Jack" in the song was Lord Sutch, presumably uninvited in Mick Jagger's room.

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5 de outubro de 2008

The Ventures

The Ventures are an instrumental rock band formed in 1958 in Tacoma, Washington. The band, formed by Don Wilson and Bob Bogle, two masonry workers, has had an enduring impact on the development of music worldwide, having sold over 100 million records, and are to date the best-selling instrumental band of all time. In 2008, the Ventures were inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame.

Their music has been cited by many famed guitarists as an influence; indeed, their virtuosity, experimentation with guitar effects, and unique sound laid the groundwork for innumerable groups, earning them the moniker "The Band that Launched a Thousand Bands". They have also contributed to the surf music genre, though they are not, as popularly perceived, strictly a surf band. Though their popularity in the United States waned in the 1970s, the group remains revered in Japan, where they still tour regularly to this day.

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