This release contains the three fabulous albums he made for the Bizarre label between 1990 and 1994 (and released by Demon in Europe): ‘Black Music For White People’, ‘Stone Crazy’ and ‘Somethin’ ‘Funny Goin On’. Also included are ten previously unreleased recordings from the original album sessions. The booklet features the full story of how the albums came about. Edsel.
The legend that was Screamin’ Jay Hawkins needs little introduction. He is probably most famous for writing and recording the original version of “I Put A Spell On You”, covered with great success by Nina Simone, Alan Price, Creedence Clearwater Revival, Annie Lennox, Bryan Ferry, Arthur Brown, Bette Midler and many more.
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 accepted and soon created an outlandish stage persona in which performances began with the coffin and included garish costumes and voodoo stage props, such as his smoking skull on a stick – named Henry – and rubber snakes.
In 1993 Jay’s version of Tom Waits’ ‘Heartattack And Vine’ was used for a Levi’s ad – the single release reached number 42 in the UK charts, before Tom Waits managed to have both the ad and single withdrawn! ‘I Am The Cool’ is the soundtrack to the current Thomas Cook ad in the UK.