October's Statement Songs For Halloween: Harry Belafonte, My Chemical Romance, Sonic Youth & Stevie Wonder
Time to dress on up for 12 more tunes.
"Halloween" by The Gaslight Anthem - Get Hurt
Probably in my all-time top 10 tunes from one of my favorite bands. "Halloween" isn't really about Halloween, but about being comfortable in your own skin and finding that chemistry with someone when you don't fit in. Also, you might be jaded from all this B.S. so you put a mask on. Lots of Halloween references though. This one's the studio version so it sounds a bit different from the one on the album.
"Jump In The Line" by Harry Belafonte - Beetlejuice Soundtrack
This pick is running on all cylinders, Pittsburgh. Halloween is almost here, Beetlejuice is great, Harry Belafonte was just in town this past week and Keaton is of Steel City legend. Always will be a toe tapper no matter what time of year, but has that extra conga line zest particularly around the time the creeps shamble out on October 31.
"Lit Me Up" by Brand New - Science Fiction
Marcus and I were talking about this on the drive over to the Halloween party we're going to this weekend (being real social with my friends now) - Brand New creates great soundtrack music. The emotion builds and a good deal of their songs have a very slow-burn, slow build to them. "Lit Me Up", the opening track on their 2017 release, showcases that style. "Lit me up like a witch in a puritan town' = A+ lyric.
"Vampires Will Never Hurt You" by My Chemical Romance - I Brought You My Bullets, You Brought Me Your Love
Good Halloween-ish tune which I haven't listened to since I was a senior in high school. Not only did hearing it again take me back to my younger days, it also reminded me that I was into some pretty weird music.
"John Wayne Gacy, Jr." by Sufjan Stevens - Illinois
Nothing is as creepy as the serial killer/clown and his history, but Stevens writes a pretty beautiful song about the maniac.
"Little Sister" by Queens Of The Stone Age - Lullabies To Paralyze
Singing about your sister in a creepy way should be enough to make me never listen to this band again, but damn is this song good.
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"Scary Hours" by Wu-Tang Clan - Wu-Tang Forever
Nothing really scary about this song. Nothing scary about the Wu Tang Forever double CD. On the contrary it was a gift from the universe to humanity. That W is the wisdom of the universe.
"Fritter (Stella's House)" by Skinny Puppy - VIVI Sect VI
Now this song is scary. What the hell is going on? My theory is that this weird soundscape depicts a stone statue coming to life in an attic, struggling to open his eyes. But then he realizes that the gift of life, of sight, is no gift at all. It's a trap. (I figured all that out listening to this on PCP in high school.)
"Death Valley '69" by Sonic Youth - Bad Moon Rising
And here's from an album I never want on the LP. Because the first song sucks so I would have to keep putting the needle down on this the second song and you never get it right and who needs that? Other than the first song this album Title TK rules.
I had three songs all ready to go then last minute in usual Dom fashion he asked me to provide three Halloween songs. With the caveat that they aren’t thriller or monster mash. I happen to enjoy both of these songs, thanks Dom. Anyway, here are my three, hopefully less obvious Halloween songs.
"Dracula's Wedding" by OutKast - Speakerboxxx/The Love Below
"I Put A Spell On You" by Creedence Clearwater Revival - Chronicle: 20 Greatest Hits
"Superstition" by Stevie Wonder - Talking Book