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Meek was obsessed with the occult and the idea of “the other side”. He would set up tape machines in graveyards in a vain attempt to record voices from beyond the grave, in one instance capturing the meows of a cat he claimed was speaking in human tones, asking for help. In particular, he had an obsession with Buddy Holly (claiming the late American rocker had communicated with him in dreams) and other dead rock and roll musicians.

(source: wikipedia)

Jack the Ripper (1963)
  • Jack the Ripper (1963)
  • Screaming Lord Sutch & The Savages
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Jack The Ripper by Screaming Lord Sutch.

Produced by Joe Meek in his infamous Holloway Road studios, and banned by the BBC after its release in 1963. Jack The Ripper has since become one of those classic 60’s garage songs where it has become an unwritten tradition - for any band worth listening to - to create and release a cover of this song. Here are just a few covers worth mentioning : The Gruesomes, The One Way Streets, The White Stripes, The Horrors, The Black lips, The Fuzztones and many more …

Personally, I think that the original by Screaming Lord Sutch is by far my favorite. But the question is, What is yours? 

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