Rhythm And Blues musician (1929-2000), noted for his macabre humor and his rather spectacular live shows that included elaborate props and elements of Standup Comedy. "I Put a Spell on You" is probably his best-known song.
"I Put A Trope On You":
- Careful with That Axe: How he got his nickname. It tends to be rather suggestive.
- Drunken Master:
- He did almost all of his live shows drunk, because they opened with him bursting out of a coffin; he was too claustrophobic to get in the coffin sober.
- His version of "I Put a Spell on You" became the spectacle it was because he and all the other members of the band were plastered when they first recorded it.
- Foreign Queasine: "The Feast of the Mau Mau"
- Long-Distance Relationship: "Person to Person" warns against this.
- Love Potion: "Alligator Wine".
- Hollywood Voodoo: Frequently featured.
- Impossibly Tacky Clothes: The titular outfit in "Yellow Coat" is so ugly it changes the weather and attracts ugly animals.
- Metal Scream: Definitely one of the earliest examples of this.
- Nobody Poops: Discussed in the spoken-word opening of "Constipation Blues":Ladies and gentlemen, most people record songs about love, heartbreak, loneliness, being broke. Nobody's actually gone out and recorded a song about real pain.
- Obsession Song: "I Put a Spell on You".
- Sanity Slippage Song: "I Hear Voices" and "I Put a Spell on You".
- Scary Black Man: A major component of his onstage "creepy Hollywood Voodoo priest" persona.
- Something Blues: "Constipation Blues".
- Toilet Humor: "Constipation Blues".