What to play at your Halloween Party?
October 30th 2007 00:00
Cruising around the net I found an interesting compilation of the Top 10 Halloween pop songs over on about.com’s top 40 section.
Included in the list was Michael Jackson’s "Thriller", which has the best Halloween themed videoclip of all time. Young Michael going on a date to be cursed with changing into a werewolf and inciting the undead to raise from their graves and boogie.
No hallows eve vood-do would be complete without a rendition of Bobby “Boris” Pickett’s "Monster Mash" from 1962. Injected with a sense of fun via the baritone vocalist and catchy classic rock beat, this a borderline joke song like "Purple People Eater" that is guaranteed to make the guests smile once imbibed with alcohol.
Talking Heads also make the about.com list with the still troubling "Psycho Killer". Some other notable entries were the Tubular bells from the film "the Exorcist", "Boris the Spider" by the Who, "I’m your Boogieman" by White Zombie and "Ghost Town" from the Specials.
So what would I add to the list you ask, well I’m glad you did:
1. Warren Zevon’s "Werewolves of London" is a given, just too reminiscent of that great John Landis movie to ignore.
2. "The Lions and the Cucumber" by The Vampire Sound Inc, introduced to me via the Jackie Brown soundtrack is all about the horror mood laced with a Stooges style.
3. John Carpenters theme to "Halloween" is an essential to inject the chill of terror in party revellers; John Williams "Jaws" also gets a similar response.
4. The cover of “I Put A Spell on You” by Credence Clearwater Revival carries a haunting dread. "Bad Moon Rising" also make the cut, again because of that John Landis Werewolf movie.
Credence Clearwater Revival does "I put a Spell on You"
Some other faves:
5. "Save Yourself" by The Make Up
6. "I was a Teenage Werewolf" by The Cramps
7. "Sympathy for the Devil" by The Rolling Stones
8. "Highway to Hell" by AC/DC
9. "Black Magic Woman" by Santana
10. "Mad World" from Donnie Darko
So what will you be playing this October 31st?
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