And we’re back for Part 2 of the Top 13 Halloween Tunez! In case you missed it… here’s Part 1.
Let’s get right to it!
“Pet Sematary” – The Ramones
“I don’t wanna be buried… in a Pet Sematary…” 80’s Ramones is still awesome Ramones. I can’t think of a better band to supply the theme to the pretty OK 1989 adaptation of the excellent Stephen King novel.
“The Devil’s Chasing Me” – Reverend Horton Heat
One of the best groups to come out of the Dallas area. Rev’s insane guitar skills with Jimbo on the upright and Taz on the drums. I think I’m done here…
“Bela Lugosi’s Dead” – Bauhaus
There are plenty of Bauhaus songs that could’ve made this list. This one in particular is a standout, especially when you consider the opening of the stylish vampire film, “The Hunger”. Yes, the one with David Bowie, Catherine Deneuve and Susan Sarandon. Never seen it? Seek out a copy right away.
“Dead Souls” – Joy Division
I will confess that the first exposure to this song was the Nine Inch Nails version from “The Crow” soundtrack. I absolutely love Trent’s version of this song. The popular story is that Trent was asked to cover “Love Will Tear Us Apart” instead of this for the soundtrack, but he refused since he thought that would’ve been disrespectful to the memory of Ian Curtis. Not sure if that’s true at all, but a cool story indeed.
“Furnace Room Lullaby” – Neko Case
The allusions to Edgar Allen Poe’s “The Telltale Heart” gives this spooky murder ballad more than enough points to land firmly on this list. All night, all I hear is your heart…
“Red Right Hand” – Nick Cave and the Bad Seeds
The King of the murder ballad, who has an album titled “Murder Ballads” (although this song is actually from “Let Love In”. Nick is another artist that has a catalog full of creepy stuff. I really dig the fact that this song has been given a new life as the theme to “Peaky Blinders”.
“Cemetery Polka” – Tom Waits
Ah man… Waits is another artist that was nearly impossible to just choose one song. This is music for a Carousel of the Damned.
I’ll have to do this list again next year and choose another set of 13 songs. Here are a few more that were in the running…
People Are Strange – The Doors (Echo and the Bunnymen’s cover is great too)
I Put a Spell on You – Screamin’ Jay Hawkins
Halloween – The Misfits
Werewolves of London – Warren Zevon
Somebody’s Watching Me – Rockwell
Mack the Knife – Louis Armstrong