With Halloween on the horizon, I think it’s about that time for another rundown through the playlists of my life. This time: Halloween. (Good guess.) Before Halloween rolls around though, you have to get through the night before it. Historically known as Devil’s Night. I’ll open up and share with you the haunting playlist that I carefully put together so I’d have something to rock out to while small children attacked my doorbell looking for handfuls of candy.
So here goes, in a pretty decent order:
“Monster Mash” – Bobby “Boris” Pickett & The Crypt-Kickers. An oldie, but a goodie. This song is pretty light on the “rock” aspect, but it fits the theme perfectly.
“Spooky” – The Classics IV. Again, another oldie lacking the hard rock feel, but it’s still a fun holiday hymn. And you can’t just jump right in with the heavy stuff. Any fan of horror movies knows that the music needs to crescendo and build up to a climax.
“I’m Your Boogie Man” – KC & The Sunshine Band. Disco may not scream nightmares and horror stories, but it is kind of terrifying in its own right. And if you get past the up-beat tempo, the lyrics directly refer to being a creeper. More on this song in a bit.
“Bad Moon Rising” – Creedence Clearwater Revival. I have a total love affair with the swamp rockers from So-Cal. (Bet you thought they were from Louisiana, didn’t you?) Halloween is always associated with full moons. Full moons are always blamed on bringing out the crazies. Nothing worse than a “Bad moon on the rise.”
“Frankenstein” – Edgar Winter. Okay, so this song may not directly allude to Dr. Frankenstein’s monster. It may not directly allude to anything. But it may be the greatest rock instrumental of all time. And the name mustn’t be ignored.
“Halloween Theme” – John Carpenter. I highly doubt there is one other song that makes you think of Halloween faster than hearing the simple melody that was used for the theme song of one of the most successful and enduring horror franchises of all time. Can’t think of one, can you?
“Zombie” – The Cranberries. This song is a really good start-up for this playlist. It’s very downtrodden and kind of creepy. Perfect for a Halloween setlist…and the title falls right in place too.
“Monster Side” – Addict. Taken from the wonderfully cheesy teen-thriller “Disturbing Behavior.” The best part of this movie was the soundtrack, and this song is a pretty good warm-up tune with its slower paced tempo and lighter guitar feel.
“Call Of The Zombie” – Rob Zombie. This isn’t technically a song, but the intro track for Hellbilly Deluxe is one of the creepiest things ever recorded. I love it!
“Feed My Frankenstein” – Alice Cooper. The king of shock rock. Alice Cooper has perfected the most elaborate stage setups, storylines, and gimmicks. He even hosted a Halloween themed concert deemed “Stage Fright” on a yearly basis in the early 2000’s. And this song is all about the man-made monster.
“Living Dead Girl, Spookshow Baby, Superbeast, Jesus Frankenstein, Werewolf, Baby!, Virgin Witch, Werewolf Women Of The SS, House Of 1000 Corpses, Dead Girl Superstar” – Rob Zombie. I couldn’t stop with only ONE Rob Zombie song…so I didn’t. All of these include monsters of some sort, and the fact that they’re performed by none other than Mr. Zombie only makes them that much more appropriate.
“Monster” – Skillet. Having a little background info on this group may not scream “terrifying.” With their roots in the Christian rock genre, this band stormed the mainstream charts with this song. Forgetting the really awkward, off-putting, effects-heavy break in the middle of the song, this track is exactly what this playlist is all about.
“I’m Your Boogieman” – White Zombie. Told you we’d get back to this song. Lifted right from “The Crow: City Of Angels” soundtrack. This is the real reason I included KC & The Sunshine Band. I have a hard time putting a cover in a playlist without the original…unless it’s my “Covers” playlist. White Zombie knows how to put the scary in disco. Think about it.
“Feed My Frankenstein” – White Zombie. Again, White Zombie knows how to pull off a mean cover, and they know what themes to incorporate into their shows. This song is not only relevant, but totally killer as well.
What did I forget? Tell me about it in the comments below. In the immortal words of T-Bird, “FIRE IT UP! FIRE IT UP!”
(If you failed to notice, “The Crow” is one of my top 5 all-time favorite movies. Just for good time’s sake, I’ll leave you with one more quote – “It can’t rain all the time.” You’re welcome.)
Thank you, that is all.