or however you americans spell it

“So Goth, I Was BORN Black”

How Screamin’ Jay Hawkins Spearheaded the Goth Music Movement

In the recording studios of OKeh, a man, simply named Jay, walked in with a team of musicians, with the intention to record a heart-wrenching love ballad, filled with mourning. What resulted however, would shake up the music industry forever. Just after Halloween, the chill of one drunken, November evening in 1956 brought us one of the most iconic, perplexing, and somewhat horrifying pieces of music ever recorded. This was how “I Put A Spell On You” was born.

Prior to the inception of the 50s classic, Hollywood was already being re-infected by the Horror bug. The invention of Vampira, the popularity of American actor Vincent Price, and the rise of B-movie Horror flicks cemented a public love for the macabre, as established in the 30s, with Universal Studios’ Dracula, and Frankenstein. Bela Lugosi and Boris Karloff were monster legends on the silver screen. Vampira, the queen of the television screen. But no one was making waves in the music scene to inject this beloved aesthetic into sound. How Jay Hawkins’ “Spell” was born was a complete accident, but those around him knew they had something special on their hands, from the moment they heard Hawkins’ vocal delivery.

The rare, original recording of “I Put a Spell on You” (now available on YouTube), was a simple, sad blues tune, that may or may not have entered the public’s consciousness had it been released as is. This version was recorded for Grand Records, in late 1955. Nearly a year passes, and Jay chooses to re-record it for OKeh Records, this time with producer Arnold Maxin on board. The story goes, Maxin brought in food and drink (plenty of drink) for Jay and his musicians, turning the session into an evening of inebriated music making.

“[The producer] brought in ribs and chicken and got everybody drunk, and we came out with this weird version … I don’t even remember making the record. Before, I was just a normal blues singer. I was just Jay Hawkins. It all sort of just fell in place. I found out I could do more destroying a song and screaming it to death.” -Screamin’ Jay Hawkins

Thus, the “Spell” was complete, and in November of 1956, OKeh Records released “I Put a Spell on You”, under his new artist name, “Screamin’” Jay Hawkins. No records prior bear the moniker “Screamin’” in front of his name (see: Discogs).

Alan Freed, a Cleveland disc jockey, approached Hawkins about playing up his image, to draw the most out of this newfound success, including the wild idea of rising up out of a coffin for one of his performances. The rest, as they say, was history. Combining the aesthetic of Vincent Price (and coincidently his mustache), and an aura of Haitian voodooism, his act was born. He became the subject of mass media attention in the 50s, side by side with the best of the Horror scene. He was one of them; taking the derogatory “spook”, and turning it on its head—reclaimed, and turned into profit.

What Screamin’ Jay Hawkins created is what we now associate today with Shock Rock. The main features being his vocal delivery, his wardrobe, and props used on the stage to give macabre effects. With the 1960s came the first wave of Shock Rockers, directly influenced by the path Hawkins had carved out for them. Screaming Lord Sutch, of out London, used British Horror imagery, such as the legend of Jack the Ripper, to form his artist identity. Arthur Brown, who has covered Hawkins’ hit, wore corpse paint, and wore a flaming helmet upon his head in live performances. The Spiders, Alice Cooper’s original band name (1964-1967), performed with a huge, black spider’s web as their first ever stage prop. In the 70s, The Cramps, notable Gothabilly band, also claimed influence by Hawkins. And with these acts introduce a long line of Goth Rock history, that may not sound alike at times, but all descend from the same tree.

Get to Know Me

Tagged by @arabelle802 and @nerdycatterpillar. I’m surprised I was tagged, really. 

Name: Shipping trash 

Nicknames: 74 

Zodiac Sign: Virgo (my virginity mine you asses)

Orientation: Swings both ways

Ethnicity: Filipino-American 

Favorite Fruit: Mango~ 

Favorite Season: Winter 

Favorite Book: I have no clue, actually.

Favorite Scent: The scent of oranges :3 

Favorite Color: Blue or black

 Favorite Animal: Show me your kitties 

Coffee, Tea, or Hot Chocolate: Hot chocolate

Average Sleep Hours: Usually 2-5 hours

Cats or Dogs: Meow

Favorite Fictional Character: Most definitely Eren Jaeger. Or however the fuck you’re supposed to spell his last name.

# Of Blankets I Sleep With: 1 

Ideal Trip: Somewhere over the rainbow~

Blog Created: September. I think.

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Advice: British English vs American English

Anonymous asked:

I have a silly habit of spelling it “colour”, “flavour”, “favourite” and a few other words with “ou”, but I spell other words like “honor” and “major”. Is this alright for my novel to have the mix, or should I either spell everything one way or the other? Thank you in advanced, I appreciate all you do!

“Colour,” “flavour,” and “favourite” are British English spellings of the words, whereas “honor” is American English. In British English it would be “honour.” Major is spelled the same way in both British and American English, so if you spell it any other way you’re spelling it wrong.

Here is a list of variants between British English and American English. You absolutely should choose one and stick with it. However, if you’re American, you may want to go ahead and use American English. American schools, businesses, publications, and publishers generally expect Americans to use American English, so it’s best not to get into the habit of using British English unless you have a good reason for it. And, if you’re British, best to use British English for the same reasons (but opposite, of course). :)


                                           Wren Theory

This time it’s Wren. I have a lot of evidence on this one. But will it be enough?

In Season 2, Emily got a massage from -A. In Season 4, Mona claimed that it was Lucas who gave Emily the massage. And that could likely be. However, do you remember when Wren gave Spencer the massage at the very beginning of the show? Well, Wren is a doctor and he could definitely give a massage that feels like a professional one. 

Now let’s talk about motive.  He and Spencer ruined his relationship with Melissa. Even if it seemed like what he wanted at the time, he might’ve regretted it.

Remember Dr. Sullivan? -A wrecked her office and spray painted something about being nosy on her wall. But it wasn’t nosy, it was nosey. In the American dictionary it is spelled nosy, but in the British dictionary it’s nosey. We know a little someone on Pretty Little Liars who’s British.

When Spencer went to England for a college interview a blood sample leaked in her purse. I highly doubt that -A put this in Spencer’s purse in America and it just happened to leak in England. I have four ideas for how this happened. Irrelevantly, Melissa could’ve put this in her purse or told that housekeeper person to do it. Or, Spencer could’ve been -A, put this in her purse, and it just leaked on accident. Relevantly, I think it was probably Wren or the housekeeper guy because Wren told him to.

Wren might not be an actual doctor. At Radley, Mona caught him spelling diagnosis wrong. Doctors spell this word a lot and are used to it. But I do understand if he just spelled it wrong.

Wren worked at Radley a lot and spent some time with Mona and heard about the -A thing and he might have been interested. That may have been why he took the job. Someone would’ve had to let Toby and Red Coat in to see Mona and chances are that might have been him.

So what do you think? Could Wren be -A?