The Ongoing History of New Music, encore presentation: A history of shock rockers

[Time for the summer break and a chance for everyone to catch up on any OH shows you may have missed. New episodes–which are already in the oven–will return in September. -AC]

Here’s a warning right from the outset: This is a weird program.

The performers ahead are famous because of their weird, shocking behaviour. They set out to get our attention–and they did.

Some of us appreciated what they were doing, but it’s safe to say that the vast majority didn’t get them at all. These performers were branded as sick, deviant, sociopathic, psychopathic, and even criminal.

Yet all found some measure of fame within certain corners fo the rock universe. Their antics may seem tame now, even quaint. But if we put these behaviours and sounds in the context of the times, it honestly might have seemed that the Antichrist has sent his musicians to earth, ready to lead the young dancing and singing towards the Apocalypse.

Before you listen to this program, please looking around and ask yourself this question: “Won’t someone please think of the children?”

This is a look at some of the weirdest and most shocking rockers of all time.

Songs heard on this program:

  • Marilyn Manson, The Beautiful People
  • Screamin’ Jay Hawkins, I Put a Spell on You
  • Screaming Lord Sutch, Jack the Ripper
  • White Stripes, Jack the Ripper
  • Arthur Brown, Fire
  • Iggy Pop and the Stooges, Raw Power
  • Alice Cooper, Billion Dollar Babies
  • KISS, God of Thunder
  • Sex Pistols, Anarchy in the UK
  • Wendy O. Williams, It’s My Life
  • Marilyn Manson, The Dope Show
  • White Zombie, More Human Than Human
  • GG Allin, When I Die

We have this playlist from Eric Wilhite.

The Ongoing History of New Music can be heard on the following stations:

We’re still looking for more affiliates in Calgary, Kamloops, Kelowna, Regina, Saskatoon, Brandon, Windsor,  Montreal, Halifax, Charlottetown, Moncton, Fredericton, and St John’s and anywhere else with a transmitter. If you’re in any of those markets and you want the show, lemme know and I’ll see what I can do.

If you ever miss a show, you can always get the podcast edition available through Apple Podcasts, Spotify or wherever you get your on-demand audio.

Alan Cross

is an internationally known broadcaster, interviewer, writer, consultant, blogger and speaker. In his 30+ years in the music business, Alan has interviewed the biggest names in rock, from David Bowie and U2 to Pearl Jam and the Foo Fighters. He’s also known as a musicologist and documentarian through programs like The Ongoing History of New Music.

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