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Way , Way Ahead of His Time
on March 14, 2004
If you are thinking of purchasing your first Screamin'Jay CD,
then let this be it. First of all it has the original, classic and still the best version of "I Put a Spell on You". This song has been covered by The Animals, Nina Simone, Creedence Clearwater Revival and even Marilyn Manson on the "Lost Highway"
soundtrack, not to mention sampled by The Notorious B.I.G on "Kick in the Door". But Screamin' Jay's is the most compelling and demented. This album may take some people repeated listens to get into since Jay is an acquired taste to say the least. He often closes songs in bursts of gibberish, gurgling and fartlike sounds. He was zany,wacky and his strange take on music relegated him to novelty status, but I think he was much better than that. He does "I love Paris", "You Made Me love You" and other standards in the most engagingly bizarre way imaginable. He also rocks out on "Little Demon", "Alligator Wine" and "Frenzy". This album, give or take a track or two,is his debut album "At Home with Screamin'Jay Hawkins" and hasn't aged at all because it didn't sound normal then either. It seems like somehow people keep on discovering Jay all the time, maybe he is finally starting to get his due.