Monday, October 24, 2016
Day 359 of 365 Day Jamaican Music Challenge - King Horror - Loch Ness Monster
What can I say about King Horror that I haven't already said over the last eleven years? A Calypsonian who went by the name Baldhead Growler goes into the studio to shriek, scream and bellow horror-themed lyrics over early reggae tunes and becomes a mysterious figure shrouded in mystery ever since. His tunes have become holy grails for me because no one before or since has taken horror and reggae and blended them together so brilliantly! Take for instance today's track "Loch Ness Monster" recorded in 1969, produced by Laurel Aitken and released on the Grape label... it is a Halloween masterpiece regardless of genre! In fact, I was amazed to find King Horror's "Loch Ness Monster" on a various artists compilation album alongside mostly surf and garage bands called Wavy Gravy - Four Hairy Policemen on the UK Beware label, which very much in a Spooktacular style puts a bunch of wacky audio clips in between tracks to make for some fun listening. So let's get to it!