A mysterious background and an exotic appeal have been the mainstays of the eclectic Amanda Lear’s career. She is also one of the few female artists to produce a concept album that rivals such fare as Alice Cooper’s From the Inside and the self-titled debut album from A Flock of Seagulls.
Lear’s second album, Sweet Revenge, detailed the adventures of a beauty who sells her soul to the devil for glitter and gold, but who eventually sacrifices all she has gained for love.
Done disco-style, the recording’s hit single, Follow Me, has become Lear’s signature number and details how the lord of darkness tempts the heroine of the piece into a life of sophisticated debauchery.
Forever proving a connective energy between rock n roll and horror, the outrageous antics of such bands as KISS, Twisted Sister, The Runaways and New York Dolls have always found favor with fans of terror.
Yum! The Dolls!
David Johansen, the eclectic lead singer of the glamorous, hyperactive New York Dolls, took the strand even further by essaying roles in such fright flicks as Tales from the Darkside: The Movie (1990) and Campfire Stories (2001). His 1984 solo album Sweet Revenge (which directly preceded his popular stint as Buster Poindexter), also, featured such ominous creations as the title track, Too Many Midnights (is there such a thing?) and Big Trouble.
Johansen even gave a highly energetic performance of the album’s King of Babylon on the (then) mega-blockbuster television series Miami Vice:
Granted his rap, there, may have some shrieking in terror – but more forgiving souls will believe that, always a consummate professional, he delivers it with gutsy panache.
Until the next time – SWEET love and pink GRUE, Big Gay Horror Fan!