We did a Halloween movie thread last week. Why not a Halloween music post? Join us, won’t you? Here’s some musics that I would put on any Halloween playlist.
- Ministry “Everyday Is Halloween” — Not 100% sure, but almost sure Goth culture traces its origins to this song.
- Bauhaus, “Bela Legosi’s Dead,” — If a girl with black lipstick has never forced you to sit in her room and listen to it… good for you. Kurt Cobain and Courtney Love bonded over this song. We all know how well that worked out.
- Book of Love/Mike Oldfield, “Tubular Bells,” — This is the version I know. Your results may vary. They also do a song called “Witchcraft” that incorporates the names of all the witches from Bewitched into the chorus. It’s nothing like the Frank Sinatra version, which I also like.
- The Damned, “Grimly Fiendish” and The Specials, “Ghost Town,” — Yeah the latter is one of those tedious “We Hate Maggie Thatcher” anthems from early eighties Britain, but it’s just spooky enough to cut it.
- Nick Cave, “Red Right Hand” — This song just creeps me out.
- It’s hard to find more recent Halloween worthy music… but this mash-up is perfect. One song dressing up as another? Totes appropes for Halloween.
- Also, Blink-182, “Aliens Exist” — Apparently, the singer got so obsessed with aliens he got kicked out of the band.
- Dead or Alive, “Something in My House” — They used to play this at Detroit Red Wings games. I remember hearing it at Joe Louis Arena.
- Oingo Boingo’s “Dead Man’s Party” is a pedestrian choice. I prefer “Just Another Day,” — when you parse the lyrics, its a song from the POV of a paranoid schizophrenic. Also, “Weird Science” and “No One Lives Forever” from the same album. “Stay” is also a brilliant song and probably the spookiest cut on the album. In college I knew a couple who went to a Halloween party costumed as the ghosts from the video. Going to a party as Danny Elfman would have been creepier.
“Monster Mash” is not on the list. I’ve always hated “Monster Mash.”
OK, What else you got?