Wednesday 30 October 2013

Halloween Playlist - The Obvious Choices

Now doing these two lists is quite hard, some songs are hard to distinguish, I think the not so obvious tend to not be the full Halloween package, the Halloween sound or lyrics but again it's pretty hard to split one from another, especially for myself. These are either huge hits or are Halloween novelty records. I think we can just say that the ones that come under the not so obvious aren't likely to be piped into shopping centres and supermarkets.

(Don't Fear) the Reaper  - Blue Öyster Cult
I'm starting with this song as it's one of my favourite songs ever, I'm not just talking around Halloween. The reason why for me and I'm sure many others associate it with Halloween is because it featured in the film Halloween (1978).

Monster Mash - Bobby "Boris" Pickett and the Crypt-Kickers
I must say for what could be the most played, heard, requested Halloween song it certainly never tires. I love a good novelty record, unfortunately most novelty records are rarely good but this one is great.

Feed My Frankenstein - Alice Cooper
I've loved Alice Cooper from an early age, this song easily goes on the obvious list. I would heavily recommend the live shows, the last two years I've missed the UK live shows which were also around Halloween thanks to bloody ill health. 

Ghostbusters - Ray Parker Jr
I think you can guarantee if you're out in a bar or club on Halloween you'll hear this

Purple People Eater - Sheb Wooley
Not the greatest quality video but it has to go on. I absolutely love this song, it always makes me laugh

I Put a Spell On You - Screamin' Jay Hawkins
Of course this song is another one that is more than just a song to put on at Halloween nor should you only ever listen to this one Screamin' Jay Hawkins track.

The Addams Family theme - Vic Mizzy

The Blob - The Five Blobs

Attack of the Killer Tomatoes - Lewis Lee

Suspiria - Goblin
Here is where I'm splitting the difference, as mentioned in the not so obvious list I love Argento films and I love the soundtracks by Goblin. In my mind they're huge but I am aware not everyone has heard of him or them so I've split the difference and featured one in this list too, this time from Suspiria (1977).

There are so many great Halloween songs out there, some full blown some with just a hint, it depends on what you want for Halloween night. I need to prepare my list for Bonween - with friends we're combining Halloween and Bonfire Night so big bangs and huge scares.

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