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Screamin’ Jay Hawkins The Bizarre Years (Limited Purple Vinyl Edition) LP

  • Screamin’ Jay Hawkins Was the Wildest of all R&B Wild Men

  • Jay’s Legend Begins on September 12, 1956, When, After Reputedly Being Plied with Bottles of Cheap Swiss Colony Wine, He Cut the Single Most Insane Slab of Vinyl Ever Released, “I Put a Spell on You”

  • The Song Became an Underground Hit, and Launched a Career of on-Stage Lunacy Spanning Three-Plus Decades

  • This 10-Track Compilation Captures the Best Tracks That Hawkins Cut in the Early ‘90s for the Oh-So-Appropriately-Named Bizarre Records, the Label Founded by Frank Zappa and His Manager Herb Cohen

  • Among the Highlights Are His Two Tom Waits Covers, “Whistling Past the Graveyard” and “Heart Attack and Vine”

  • Also of Note Are His First-Time-on-Vinyl Disquisition on Oral Hygiene, “Shut Your Mouth When You Sneeze,” and His Lustful Ode to the Twin Peaks Star, “Sherilyn Fenn”

  • Very Bad Language Contained Herein!

  • Liner Notes by Chris Morris

  • Pressed on Lurid Purple Vinyl

  • Limited to 1000 Copies


    Screamin’ Jay Hawkins: The Bizarre Years (Limited Purple Vinyl Edition) LP

    You can have your Big Jay McNeely, Wynonie Harris, even your Little Richard…cuz when it comes to R&B wildmen, we’ll see you and raise you with Screamin’ Jay Hawkins, the craziest SOB ever to grab a microphone. Jay’s legend begins on September 12, 1956, when, after reputedly being plied with bottles of cheap Swiss Colony wine by A&R man Arnold Maxin, he and the band cut what is probably the single most insane slab of vinyl ever released, “I Put a Spell on You.” The song became an underground hit, and launched a career spanning three-plus decades during which, in the indelible words of liner note writer Chris Morris, “Hawkins materialized on stages around the world as a shrieking, tail-dragging hoodoo creature. Rising like one of the undead from a coffin, his hair sculpted in a towering conk, his noise pierced by a pointed bone, he shook a stick topped by a skull (nicknamed Henry) in his audiences’ faces, declaiming his wacked-out songs…in a molten baritone punctuated by throat-rending howls, profound groans, jibbering wails, and guttural howls.” This 10-track compilation captures the best tracks that Hawkins cut in the early ‘90s for Bizarre Records (could a label have a more perfect name for Screamin’ Jay?), the imprint originally founded by Frank Zappa and his business partner/manager Herb Cohen. Among the highlights are his two Tom Waits covers, “Whistling Past the Graveyard” and “Heart Attack and Vine,” Jay’s first-time-on-vinyl disquisition on oral hygiene, “Shut Your Mouth When You Sneeze,” and his lustful ode to the Twin Peaks star, “Sherilyn Fenn,” (Parental Advisory, y’all!). Pressed in lurid purple vinyl limited to 1000 copies, with the aforementioned notes by Mr. Morris. Bizarre indeed!


    Side One

    1. Swamp Gas
    2. Voodoo Priestess
    3. I Am the Cool
    4. Whistling Past the Graveyard

    5. Heart Attack and Vine

    Side Two

    1Late Night Hawkins
    2. Shut Your Mouth When You Sneeze
    3. Ignant and Shit
    4. Strokin’

    5. Sherilyn Fenn

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