Saturday, February 07, 2009

'Scream' by Ralph Nielson and the Chancellors

As sad as it is to see Lux Interior leave the planet, his passing has reminded me of all the wild music that influenced The Cramps. For every classic disk pressed in the 50s, 60s, and 70s, there were a hundred that were overlooked, often with good reason; but sometimes just because they were so demented.

One such classic is ''Scream'' by Ralph Nielson and the Chancellors. I've always loved this song, just because it sounds like the whole band is falling down the stairs while a woman keeps screaming! I don't know where in the brain stuff like this comes from, but the single came out in 1962- hard to believe in itself- from a New Jersey band. And there are thousands of buried treasures like this out there.

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