Thursday Thirteen: 13 haunting Halloween melodies With that spookiest of holidays nearing, it's time once again to dig up the annual list of favorite tunes for the season. So, for the fourth year in a row, I give you...
Bloggedy Blog's List of 13 Scary, Spooky, Silly or Sublime Songs Suitable for Samhain (Halloween [but "Samhain" is more alliterative])
13. "The Time Warp". Let's get the obligatory Rocky Horror Picture Show reference out of the way. "Time Warp" is a great song, but not that scary or spooky. Still, no Halloween Party would be complete without it. It's just a jump to your left...
11. "Black Magic Woman", by Santana. More sensual than scary, it's about black magic, a woman, and casting your spells on me, baby.
10. "Werewolves of London", by Warren Zevon (RIP). The most recognizable of Zevon's Excitable Boy tunes. I love the toe-tapping piano intro. But the song is not as macabre as a couple others from the same album: the title song (He took little Susie to the Junior Prom/Excitable boy, they all said/and he raped her and killed her, then he took her home/Excitable boy, they all said) and Roland the Headless Thompson Gunner, which is more of a political statement than a horror song. For a Halloween wing-ding, "Werewolves" is the right Warren Zevon tune (playlist features the Halloween Remix).
9. "People Who Died", by the Jim Carroll Band. This is junkie-turned-high school basketball star-turned-novelist/poet/performance artist-turned-survivor Jim Carroll's classic tribute to the friends from his tough New York neighborhood who didn't survive. A sample of his gritty poetry: Teddy sniffing glue he was 12 years old/Fell from the roof on East Two-nine/Cathy was 11 when she pulled the plug/On 26 reds and a bottle of wine/Bobby got leukemia, 14 years old/He looked like 65 when he died/He was a friend of mine. A great song for El Dia de Los Muertos.
6. "Enter Sandman," by Metallica. Back when front man James Hetfield looked a bit more creepy, and Metallica wasn't spooked by the specter of peer-to-peer file-swapping.
5. "Scary Monsters (And Super Creeps)," by David Bowie. In the years between Bowie's Ziggy Stardust days and his Aladdin Sane persona, Bowie created some decent music. The title track to the Scary Monsters album is one example, and while the song's subject might not be fitting with this theme, the song title is.
1. "(Don't Fear) the Reaper," by Blue Oyster Cult (mp3). Great haunting guitar intro, with that off-kilter guitar bridge just before the solo. Plus, it's a seductive song about suicide, and it has such a sweet cowbell (video). What could be creepier?