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Snapshot, 1974: Happy Halloween with Screaming Lord Sutch

It’s Halloween 1974, and the eccentric rock star and head-honcho of the Monster Raving Loony Party, Screaming Lord Sutch, is doing what he does best – masquerading as Jack the Ripper and scaring the living daylights out of beautiful women. Even the mother of his only child isn’t safe…

‘The Ripper, Jack the Ripper!’

Nothing if not a showman, Screaming Lord Sutch’s horror-filled live sets have seen thousands of pigeons released into the crowd, the ‘murder’ of a zombie wielding a giant chicken drumstick and even a cameo appearance from fellow rock legend Alice Cooper, dressed in nothing but a slinky bikini and high heels. During his most popular song Jack the Ripper, he has even pretended to stab his pianists and hurled their organs at the audience. A sharp thorn in the side of the British political establishment, Sutch’s self-formed political movement, the Monster Raving Loony Party, has stood in British parliamentary elections for 11 years now, and will continue to do so for over 20 more, pushing the message ‘vote for insanity – you know it makes sense’. And it doesn’t matter that it hasn’t won anything yet – Lord Sutch holds lavish victory parties the evening before each polling day, to spare the disappointment. As the line from the song goes, ‘There’s a man who walks the streets of London late at night...’ Happy Halloween! 

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