Rock N’ Roll
- Chuck Berry- THIS DUDE IS PUNK ROCK YA PHONIES!! He and James Brown didn’t just perform THEY EXERCISED DEMONS! You wonder how they come out alive. So many punks, protopunks, and rock musicians have cited him as an influence I don’t know where to start.
- Screamin’ Jay Hawkins- If you check out just one artist I’ve listed if has got to be this man. HE IS GOTHIC. More Gothic than most “Goth” bands. Just listen to “I hear voices” or watch his famous “I put a spell on you” MOTHERFUCKER COMES OUT OF A CASKET DEATH OPENS! Oh and he wrote that song in 1956, Alice Cooper, when you were 8 years old. JUST SKIM OVER HIS TRACKLISTING OR LOOK AT HIS PHOTOS!! I’m sorry, but this is it. Check and mate, racist exclusionary Goths (who probably won’t read this) THE DAY IS MINE!
- Little Richard I cannot explain these three people’s importance
- Aretha Franklin to Rock n Roll. Anyone who doesn’t get that
- James Brown needs to start music all over.
- Jimi Hendrix -It’s hard to know what to say after Screamin Jay. But how can anyone listen to Hendrix’s rendition of The Starbangled Banner- made to ‘sound like’ the Vietnam War and not be struck by what an avante garde genius he was? To me the precedent for later Death Rock is abundantly clear. Also, if you honestly dig a genre who’s cornerstone is distorted guitars, be thankful for this man.
- Don Letts - Don Letts is most famous for being Punk’s official documentarian. He directed The Punk Rock Movie in 1977, the only documentary to show The Sex Pistols, Clash, and other UK Punk bands. He directed over 300 music videos, he produced the Slits and worked with the Clash. He was also in Big Audio Dynamite. Goths might be most interested to know he was the DJ at London’s first Punk club, The Roxy, where people like Dave Vanian, Siouxsie Sioux, Robert Smith, and Gary Numan would meet and collaborate.
- Bad Brains- AfroPunk Hardcore band
- Jean Beauviour- Played bass/synth for the Plasmatics and collaborated with the Ramones
- Poly Styrene - singer/frontwoman for X Ray Specs
- DH Peligro- Drummer for the Dead Kennedys
- Rick Royale- Drummer for Reagan Youth
- Aaron Smith- drummed for Romeo Void
- Pat Smear - The Germs
- The Specials - Prominent “two tone” (mixed race) punk band
- The English Beat- Prominent Two-Tone band
- Andy Anderson - drummer for The Cure 1983-1984
- Pat Smear - bassist for 45 Grave, Nina Hagen (he’s been in a lot of bands)
- Mikey Craig - Bassist for Southern Death Cult (and later Culture Club)
- And yet again, Screamin’ Jay Hawkins
If you missed it, here is Part 1.