Wednesday, February 27, 2008
The Funk Of Forty Thousand Years
Woah, i can hardly believe the last time i sat down and wrote one of these was with the release of In Rainbows. Well, i guess the interventions of being sick and final essays will do that. Which isn't to say my music appetite has been waning - no siree, with summer holidays coming up i've got plenty to talk about, including a new edition to my patented "Summer Driving" mixtape, kicked off by Jimmy Eat World's new album: (check out my review at The Scene)
So what in the meantime? Well, when in doubt - THEME EDITION!
Here's some tunes to get you in the mood, and i've even included links (i can't vouch for their freshness so get them before they're taken down). No tricks, only treats here!
...ok so i'm a couple days late, but let's just dismiss that and i enjoy some ghoulishly good music.
(courtesy to all the blogs and servers who provided the music, if you want the link taken down just shoot me an email at email@example.com)
Bobby "Boris" Pickett - The Monster Mash
Ahhhh, my favourite Halloween song of all time. Mix 1950s DooWop with Universal Movie Monster Staples and you can't lose. Silly but essential. Everybody now, "They Did The Mash!"
Talking Heads - Psycho Killer
Probably influenced by my essay on American Psycho more than anything else (they're Patrick Bateman's favourite band). French Serial Murder anyone?
Outkast - Dracula's Wedding
Andre 3000 also covered Valentine's Day on his half of 2003's Speakerboxxx/The Love Below, but this is the better half. Featuring delightfully squishy synth work and Kelis in crooner mode.
Warren Zevon - Werewolves Of London
The best use of a wolf howl in a pop song ever.
The Breeders - Buffy The Vampire Slayer Theme (live)
This brings back memories, i always loved how in the mythology of the show - all the demons and nasties hated how Halloween had become commercialised.
Sufjan Stevens - They Are Night Zombies!!! They Are Neighbours!!! They Have Come Back From The Dead!!! Ahhhh!
The title is just begging to be included on any All Hallows Eve compilation, and while its not quite the thermin-fuelled theme to a horror movie its moniker suggests; its a great tune nonetheless
The Cure - Lullaby
Fear, Paranoia and oversized man-eating spiders meet for the first and last time in rock history. A spooky song about isolation from the world's seminal goth band
Edgar Winter Group - Frankenstein
Thankyou Guitar Hero for introducing me to the electric lunacy of this tune. Gotta dig that funky Frankenstein sound baby.
DJ Shadow - Giving Up The Ghost
Built upon sampling of xylophones and marimba, Josh Davis provides an excellent soundtrack to all that Pumpkin carving. Being Dead never sounded so effortlessly cool.
The Sleepy Jackson - Vampire Racecourse
I always got a comic image when i think of this song. The falsetto howls (Zevon still on top) complement the devilry and the incessant rhythmic work does the race bit.
Bloc Party - Hunting For Witches
Ok, so its not really a Halloween so much as a political 'state-of-the-nation' address to the bigotry of contemporary London - but never pass up the opportunity to include a cracking track, particularly a cracking track by Bloc Party
Jeff Buckley - Witches' Rave
Let's keep the witch theme going. The scariest thing about this song is not the subject matter, but Mr. Buckley's vocal range. A great pop ditty.
Mike Oldfield - Tubular Bells
Best remembered as the theme to The Exorcist, and despite the fact it evolves into a wonderful instrumental opus, the opening can be creepy as hell.
Danny Elfman - This Is Halloween
More soundtrack goodness, from Tim Burton's The Nightmare Before Christmas.
Delightful musical fare.
Lordi - Hard Rock Hallelujah
Aside from the fact that these guys look like they're going trick or treating, check out the YouTube clip, this over-the-top pop metal number won the Eurovision song contest last year with its talk of archangels, lightning and the A-rock-alypse. Crazy.
Radiohead - We Suck Young Blood
A cabaret of white-washed ghouls and hideous bloodsuckers. Complete with toe-tapping top hat and cane routine in the breakdown. Creepy and Zombified, you can trust Radiohead.
Ben Gibbard - Thriller (Michael Jackson Cover)
Ok you were probably all wondering when this would appear, but i thought i'd give you something a lil' different. A great cover from one of my fave band's leading men.
and i couldn't find links for these songs, but they'll definitely complement the devils and demons already evoked
Gerling - Ghost Patrol: shouty ode to policing the undead
Metallica - Of Wolf And Man: scary metal musical equivalent of a werewolf transformation
Everclear - Halloween Americana: distorted and cheeky, a good way to end things.
Right all you witches and demons 'till next time, try not to pig out on the candy.
P.S. if you can think of any additions please let me know!