Thursday, October 4, 2012

Everyday Should Be Halloween

 I love Halloween, horror films, and all sorts of music. They go so well together. To get in the mood for the upcoming month of Halloween, I will share my annual October custom of listening to music that correlates to Halloween, the macabre, the occult, ghosts, vampires, witches, the undead and downright spooky stuff. 

 There are two CD'S  that I love to listen to during the month of October, and luckily, this library system carries both. The first is New Wave Halloween: Just Can't Get Enough, and the other is Halloween Party Hits. Both discs are very similar and share some of the same songs.  New Wave Halloween features "Time Warp" from The Rocky Horror Picture Show,   "Everyday Is Halloween" by Ministry,   "Devil In My Car" by The B-52'S,   "Dead Man's Party" by Oingo Boingo,   "Pet Sematary" by The Ramones,   "Halloween" by Siouxsie And The Banshees,  "Halloween" by Sonic Youth,  "Halloween" by The Dead Kennedys,  and "Halloween" from The Misfits.
The second disc has "Welcome To My Nightmare" from Alice Cooper,   "Devil Inside" by INXS,   "Tubular Bells" by Book Of Love,   "People Are Strange" by Echo And The Bunnymen (from The Lost Boys),   "Werewolves Of London" by Warren Zevon and "Pet Sematary" by The Ramones.

There are many other songs out there that relate to the macabre, like The Talking Heads' "Psycho Killer".    Bauhaus' "Bela Lugosi's Dead" is regarded as the quintessential goth anthem. There is  David Bowie's "Cat People",    AC/DC'S "Hell's Bells",   "Who Made Who", & "Highway To Hell".   The Smith's "Suffer The Little Children".    Blue Oyster Cult's "Don't Fear The Reaper".    The Cure "Lullaby" & "Faith".   The Cult "The Witch".    Led Zeppelin's "The Battle Of Evermore".   The Doors "Ghost Song".   Charlie Daniels Band  "The Legend Of Wooley Swamp".  The Kinks "Wicked Annabella".  Black Sabbath's "Paranoid".   The Rolling Stone's "Sympathy For The Devil",   The Kingston Trio's "Tom Dooley".    Beck "Devil's Haircut".    Van Halen "Runnin With The Devil".     The Police "Every Breath You Take" and "Murder By Numbers".     Concrete Blonde's "The Vampire Song",  "Joey", and "Tomorrow Wendy". (Concrete Blonde's 1990 album "Bloodletting" is actually inspired by Anne Rice's book "Interview With The Vampire".)  Then there is  Peter Murphy's "Cuts you up" and "Indigo Eyes".  The Cramps "Surfin Dead", and "I Was A Teenage Werewolf".   The Geto Boys' "Mind Playing Tricks On Me". KC And The Sunshine Band "I'm Your Boogeyman".    Donavan's "Season Of The Witch".   Stevie Wonder " I Never Dreamed You'd Leave In Summer".   Sinead O'connor " I Am Stretched On Your Grave".  Dolly Parton "Me And Little Andy".  Death Cab For Cutie "Soul Meets Body".   Siouxsie And The Banshees "Last Beat Of My Heart" & "Cities In Dust".    Radiohead "Videotape""Karma Police".  The Shangri-La's "Leader Of The Pack". Tom Waits "After You Die".   Bob Dylan "Knockin On Heaven's Door".   The Beatles "In My Life".    Kate Bush "Running Up That Hill (A Deal With God)", "Lake Tahoe", & "Wuthering Heights".   Joy Division "Dead Souls".  Pearl Jam "Do The Evolution"  "Bugs" and "Last Kiss".  Tori Amos "Father Lucifer".    R.E.M. "It's The End Of The World As We Know It".    Sarah McLachlan "Possession".   Nirvana "Frances Farmer Will Have Her Revenge On Seattle" and "Lake Of Fire".   The Cranberries "Zombie".     The Chromatics "Back From The Grave" and "Kill For Love". Rihanna "Disturbia". Chris Brown "Wall To Wall". Screamin Jay Hawkins "I Put A Spell on You".   Foo Fighters "Down In The Park".    Linda Ronstadt "Love Has No Pride" and "Crucifijo De Piedra".  Bruce Springsteen "The Ghost Of Tom Joad".  The Psychedelic Furs "The Ghost In You".

If you desire a more visual scare, then check out my list of the most terrifying music videos of my youth. Of course the #1 is Michael Jackson's Thriller.  Then there is Rockwell's "Somebody's Watching Me".   Bonnie Tyler's "Total Eclipse Of The Heart".  Gary Numan's "Cars".  Greg Kihn's "Jeopardy". Ozzy Osboune's "Bark At The Moon". Billy Idol "White Wedding".  Soundgarden"s "Black Hole Sun".  Aphex Twin's "Come To Daddy".  Sarah Mclachlan's "Sweet Surrender".   Nine Inch Nails' "Head Like A Hole". and "Closer". There are many more, but these are the ones that immediately came to mind. Happy Halloween and enjoy!



  1. Thanks for the Concrete Blonde shout-out! Another band who didn't get the credit they deserved.

    1. Thank you for the kind words Amy. I agree that Concrete Blonde is a very underrated band. I've noticed that their 1990 album "Bloodletting" is full of songs that appeal to people of different musical tastes. That is when you know a band is talented. Many thanks Amy!


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