TIL the song “I Put a Spell on You” by Screamin’ Jay Hawkins was supposed to be a ballad, but during a recording session, Hawkins “screamed and grunted” through the whole song because he was drunk. It was his most-successful recording and is in The Hall of Fame’s 500 Songs that Shaped Rock and Roll.

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I’ve got the album. *All* his songs are like that.


This Hawkins guy sounds like the kind of guy who’d be a blast to hang out with > Soon after the release of “I Put a Spell on You”, radio disc jockey Alan Freed offered Hawkins $300 to emerge from a coffin onstage. Hawkins didn’t want to—reportedly saying “No black dude gets in a coffin alive — they don’t expect to get out!” but reluctantly accepted and soon created an outlandish stage persona in which performances began with the coffin and included “gold and leopard-skin costumes and notable voodoo stage props, such as his smoking skull on a stick – named Henry – and rubber snakes.”


Black Music for White People is an all time album title.


The awesome thing about this song is (though I think the original is still the best) the covers all have a different feeling. From the manicness of Marilyn Manson to the matter of fact of Brian Ferry, they all have a different tone yet all work.


Did you see that Polyphonic video too?