Sign Of The Crab

Album: Enter: The Conquering Chicken (1994)

Songfacts®:

  • Around May 1993, Mia Zapata told fellow band member Steve Moriarty that she wanted to write a song about a serial killer. In 2007, Moriarty said in a TV interview when he asked her why, she replied "Because it's happening so much."
  • "Sign Of The Crab" runs to 2 minutes 33 seconds and is the final track on the album Enter: The Conquering Chicken; it was also an epitaph because in the small hours of July 7, 1993, Mia Zapata was raped and strangled in Seattle where she had relocated to begin her musical career. Her murderer was not a serial killer, but it took over a decade to bring him to book. On March 25, 2004, Jesus C. Mezquia was convicted of her murder; five years later his conviction was affirmed on appeal.
  • Enter: The Conquering Chicken was released March 22, 1994, but "Sign Of The Crab" was re-recorded by Evil Stig for the eponymous album; Stig is of course an anagram of Gits. On this recording, the vocalist is Joan Jett. The album was made for a series of benefit concerts aimed at raising money to hire a private detective to bring to book Mia's killer. In the end the crime was solved by forensics due to the foresight of a pathologist and developments in DNA profiling. >>
    Suggestion credit:
    Alexander Baron - London, England, for above 3

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