Rock’n’roll is said b y some to be the devil’s music, but it has surprisingly few songs about the dark forces. But there are some good ones.
Here’s Hocus Pocus, by Dutch band Focus. Keyboardist Thijs van Leer is claimed to have the biggest vocal range on the planet. Lock up your dogs and cats before you play this one. How did this ever get so high in the pop charts? Warning: it also has jazz flute.
The Eagles are notoriously protective of their copyright, so this is a rare clip of them playing, ‘Witchy woman’. This has got some great tuning up banter in the band – talking of how Zelda Fitzgerald was weird.
This is the band Redbone, a rarity as they are Native Americans. ‘Witch Queen of New Orleans’ is said to be based on a true story.
Screamin’ Jay Hawkins really hams it up with his only hit, ‘I Put a Spell on YOu’. A brilliant performer, sadly missed.
This is such a great song, here’s another version, by Creedence Clearwater. Nobody howls like John Fogarty. this is also a great piece of psychedelia. Far out!
This is Radiohead’s dystopian version of a favourite children’s show, with ‘Burn the Witch’
And here is one of the last things Screaming Jay did: a documentary filmed in Greece, I Put a Spell on Me. It includes Bo Didley, Erc Clapton and Diamanda Gallis
Probably the most famous song, from The Wizard of Oz, ‘Ding Dong The Witch is Dead’ which gained a second life in the wake of Margaret Thatcher’s death.