We all love Halloween, right? Yes, exactly. We do. This is a little companion piece to Pop’s Top 5 from the last piecast. We had a little spat, if you will, about the choices for Halloween music. Now I know what you’re saying… Deejay, just stop being a butt and let Pop have his Top 5 list. You know what? You’re absolutely right. So since I’m kinda the “music editor” of our little group, I decided to put together a list of some of my favorite Halloweenie music just for grins. I’ll avoid some of the classics like Thriller, This is Halloween and The Monster Mash since pretty much everyone on the planet knows about those.
I present to you, in no particular order…
Deejay Hooker’s Top 13 Halloween Tunez
“Grim Grinning Ghosts” – The 999 Happy Haunts of the Haunted Mansion
I grew up in Southern California, and Disneyland was (and still is even though I’m now in Tejas) a big part of my life. The mansion has always been one of my favorite attractions and this song is a perfect example of the Disney Imagineers at their best. And remember… they’re always on the lookout for number 1000…
“No One Lives Forever” – Oingo Boingo
Another Southern California thing… Oingo Boingo threw a Halloween show at Irvine Meadows Amphitheater or the Universal Theater to 20,000 raving Boingoloids for I don’t know how many years. I was lucky enough to attend a few of them before moving to Texas in 1994. I really miss those shows and still hold out hope that one day these guys will play a reunion tour. This is just one killer example of many amazing songs they had released over the years. I’m sure most of your are mostly familiar with Weird Science and Dead Man’s Party. What you’re probably MOST familiar with is the genius of Danny Elfman who is the singer/songwriter for this sorely missed band.
“The Boogie Monster” – Gnarls Barkley
I got a monster in my closet
Someone’s underneath my bed
The wind’s knocking at my window
I’d kill it but it’s already dead
Uh, what else do you need? Oh yeah… the very last line of the song… that’s actually the best part. Hilarious. Gotta love CeeLo and Danger Mouse.
“The Four Horsemen” – Metallica
While Kill ‘Em All is not my favorite Metallica album, this growling track about the Four Horseman of the Apocalypse with a killer guitar interlude… AWESOME. \m/ >_< \m/
“Burn” – The Cure
Man this was a tough one… There are plenty of songs by The Cure that would qualify. I was torn between this and “The Hanging Garden”, which is one of my favorites of theirs, for sure. This one stuck with me since it was written for the film, “The Crow”. If anyone is familiar with the comic, James O’Barr was heavily influenced by The Cure and Joy Division and included lyrics throughout the series. The interesting thing about this track is that only two members of the band recorded it due to the lineup being in flux back in the early 90’s. It can’t rain all the time…
“Burn the Witch” – Queens of the Stone Age
Yeah, it’s an era of QOTSA that I’m not the most fond of, but I really dig this track from Lullabies to Paralyze. Just the driving drums with Mark Lanegan’s growl under Homme’s smooth guitar and voice… Burn the witch. Burn to ash & bone.