rocktober 31st

posted by tom / October 27, 2005 /

I know, I know, I'm ridiculously late on this one. But I can't help reemphasizing my love for this Do They Know It's Halloween supergroup single. It works as satire, it works as pop, it works as a halloween party soundtrack. You should really go give it a listen. If you decide to buy it off of iTunes, though, I'd suggest avoiding any of the remixes other than MAYBE the one authored by ex-Unicorns Tha Corn Gangg.

We're not throwing a party this year, but this has still gotten me thinking about a Halloween mix CD. It's harder to come up with one than you'd think (assuming, of course, that you avoid awful and obvious choices like The Monster Mash). Striking a balance between campiness and spookiness is difficult.

Here's what I've got. Suggestions?

  • NAHPI - Do They Know It's Halloween?
  • Southern Culture On The Skids - Werewolf [taken from a Halloween compilation; it shouldn't really count]
  • Bloc Party - Helicopter (Whitey Remix)
  • Jeff Buckley - Witches' Rave
  • Unicorns - Ghost Mountain
  • Flaming Lips - Halloween on the Barbary Coast
  • Michael Jackson - Thriller [obviously]

And that's it. Well, okay, if you've got video capabilities, you should really throw "Backstreet's Back" on there, too. But I still I feel like I'm missing something obvious.


Werewolves of London?

Posted by: Matt F on October 28, 2005 12:08 AM

"Castlevania" by Cradle of Filth. I think that's worth two points.

Posted by: Kriston on October 28, 2005 12:44 AM

OK, I just listened to that NAHPI and the CoF song, and we have to make this happen. It's time the world had Halloween carols.

Posted by: Kriston on October 28, 2005 02:52 AM

I was just going to say Warren Zevon, but I see Matt F. beat me to it. So, does it really need to be Halloween-specific, or can I just suggest any goth rock/havy metal I can think of? Bauhaus "Exquisite Corpse?"

Posted by: the g. on October 28, 2005 08:59 AM

My current pre-Halloween prep song is She's in Disguise by Thee Headcoats, since it features murder, reanimation and a reference to disguises or costumes in the title. I've got it up for download at my site right now, if any of you are of thee Billy Childish persuasion.

As for other songs:
Alice Cooper - Welcome to My Nightmare
Fishbone - Bonin' in the Boneyard
Squirrel Nut Zippers - Hell
Talking Heads - Psycho Killer
Jim Carroll - People Who Died
David Bowie - Scary Monsters
Joy Division - Dead Souls

Posted by: Drew on October 28, 2005 09:00 AM

The Misfits, "Halloween" couldn't apply more.

Posted by: Kriston on October 28, 2005 09:23 AM

Heh, Misfits. I'm going to be humming Skulls all day long.

Posted by: Drew on October 28, 2005 09:45 AM

Oooo, this is fun! But let me first say that I do really enjoy The Monster Mash. That may discredit anything else I say, but I felt it needed defnending.

Evil - Interpol
Abra Cadaver - Tthe Hives
Gallows Pole - Zeppelin
American Ghost Dance - RHCP
Cannibal Hymn - Nick Cave
Dig Your Grave - Modest Mouse
Highway to Hell
Caramel - Blur
Bohemian Like You - Dandy Warhols (just kinda sounds creepy)
Exorcising Demons - THe Features
Little Ghost - White Stripes
The Beast & Dragon Adored - Spoon
Evil & a Heathan - Franz Ferdinand
Halloween - Dave Matthews Band (yeah yeah, I know)
Monsters - The Boy Least Likely To
Country Death Song - Violent Femmes
I'm a Ghost - Love as Laughter
Slight Night Shiver - m83
John Wayne Gacey, Jr - Sufjan
Spooky - Classics IV
Into Dust - Mazzy Star
Dracula's Castle - New Order
Runnin with the Devil
Lover I don't have to love - Bright Eyes (also creepy sounding)
Scarecrow - Beck

Posted by: Amanda on October 28, 2005 11:05 AM


Self - KiDDiEs
Ministry - Everyday is Halloween
The Gothic Archies - Scream and Run Away
AC/DC - Back in Black
Ozzy - No More Tears.

Posted by: Michael on October 28, 2005 11:29 AM

Anything by The Cramps.

Posted by: Kriston on October 28, 2005 11:47 AM

Glad to see someone mentioned about a couple of 80s classics:
Shriekback - Nemesis
Oingo Boingo - Dead Man's Party (really, anything by Oingo Boingo)

Posted by: Amadie on October 28, 2005 12:22 PM

Oh, and if the music video thing applied, then Closer by NIN would definitely be in there.

Posted by: Amanda on October 28, 2005 02:25 PM

"Billy's Dead" - Deadbolt
"Where the Devil Don't Stay" - Drive-By Truckers

It's saying something that the first five or six songs I thought of had already been suggested. Not sure it's flattering, but it's something.

Posted by: Tarrou on October 28, 2005 04:54 PM

Some of these wouldn't be amiss.

Posted by: ben wolfson on October 28, 2005 06:21 PM

The Spinanes: "Halloween Candy"

Posted by: the ghost on October 29, 2005 05:52 PM

This is great. You guys have come through big time. Maybe I can find these and secretly distribute the mix to interested parties. We're just days away from the start of preparations for Halloween '06, after all.

Posted by: tom on October 29, 2005 07:27 PM

Oh, also:

The Ramones: Pet Semetary
DJ Jazzy Jeff and the Frsh Prince: Nightmare on my Street

Posted by: the ghost on October 29, 2005 08:02 PM

I just did a Halloween mixtape for a mate's party. Click my blog link to grab it!

Posted by: Eddie on October 16, 2006 05:39 PM

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