Blog Lagoon’s 31 Posts of Halloween: Screaming Lord Sutch Sings “Jack the Ripper”


Screaming Lord Sutch (aka 3rd Earl of Harrow aka David Edward Sutch) is my favorite monster rocker. A psuedo-novelty act from the 60s and 70s, the UK rocker is responsible for some of the greatest horror-themed rock songs you’ll ever hear. He’s been covered by everyone (including the White Stripes) and his theme song “Jack the Ripper” was his biggest and most recognizable hit. Live performance antics included him dressing up like some creepy combination of Jack the Ripper and Lon Chaney in London After Midnight. Wikipedia says:

During the 1960s, Screaming Lord Sutch was known for his horror-themed stage show, dressing as Jack the Ripper, pre-dating the shock rock antics of Alice Cooper. Accompanied by his band, The Savages, he started by coming out of a black coffin. Other props included knives and daggers, skulls and “bodies”. Sutch booked themed tours, such as ‘Sutch and the Roman Empire’, where Sutch and the band members would be dressed up as Roman soldiers.


In addition to his musical career Sutch was also a British politician. He founded the Monster Raving Loony Party (!) and fought in over 70 elections (!!).

Sutch committed suicide by hanging himself in his home in June of 1999. Check out the amazing BBC obituary here.

Below you’ll find a great live performance of “JtR” as well as a few other horror-related Sutch songs.

…and here’s a pretty great cover of “She’s Falling in Love with a Monster Man” (my fave Sutch song) by The Revillos

~ by Number5ive on October 31, 2010.

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