Jack the Ripper, Rock n' Roller or Just Creepy Dark Alley Stroller?

Posted by The Bay Area Crew, August 13, 2019 11:00pm | Post a Comment

By Kai Wada Roath
Ambassador of Confusion Hill and host of the Super Shangri-La Show

"Let us begin. Let the circle not be broken. Concentrate upon the flame, which burns upon the Altar of Truth. Yes... there is something here. Something terrible. I feel its presence. Fear, anger, hatred... anger feeds the flame. Oh, oh, there is evil here, monstrous, terrible evil! Consuming hunger! Hatred of all that lives, hatred of women, a hunger that never dies! It is strong, overpowering, an ancient terror! It has a name: Barratus, Kesla, Redjac. Devouring all life, all light! A hunger that will never die!"
~ Sybo, the Argelian empath

Let me start off by saying, serial killers are not cool. They are total jerks. But much like the Zodiac Killer, Jack the Ripper still has folks intrigued because he had a great name and was never caught. Judas Priest, Morrissey, Nick Cave, and even LL Cool J have songs about "The Ripper."

Now, I don't listen to those cats, but I do have a fond memory of tearing down a dirt road along side the railroad tracks in my old Ford F150 (with a spray-painted pirate flag on the hood) listening to Link Wray & His Ray Men's "Jack the Ripper" on cassette when I was a young lad.

But in the world of Ripper Rock n' Roll, the undisputed heavyweight champion in my book is still Screaming Lord Sutch. With a fashion style inspired by Screamin' Jay Hawkins, Sutch would also become the founder of the Official Monster Raving Loony Party and ran in over 40 elections. I mean really, this guy rules. I politely demand you to watch this video of him appearing from the audience before joining his band The Savages on stage.

In "popular" culture of the late '50s-'70s, the famed Whitechapel Murderer would stay famous through comic books and B movies, which I call A+ movies. Captain Kirk would fight him in the 1967 Star Trek episode, "Wolf in the Fold." Sherlock Holmes would sleuth him out in "A Study in Terror." H.G. Wells would travel in time to San Francisco in to stop him in Time After Time. And super creep extraordinaire Klaus Kinski would play him in 1976. (Side note: it's such a great scene in For a Few Dollars More where Lee Van Cleef has an evil glaring contest with Kinski.)

If you live near the Barbary Coast, be sure to go see the Captain Kirk and Sherlock Holmes vs. Jack the Ripper Double-Whammy at the historic Balboa Theater this coming Wednesday, August 14th. It may make you sleep better at night...much like using a super burrito as a pillow. More info HERE

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