I know many horror buffs and fans of this season have their favorite tunes they like to hear. I also know some of you have been champing at the bit to get those Season of the Witch playlists dusted off and kicking again!
I will drop my playlist in short groups so as not to overwhelm folks with all the awesome Halloween music that is out there. This batch happens to include a couple of the campier standards but worry not Purple People Eater will be coming later!
1. Monster Mash by Bobby “Boris” Pickett & The Crypt-Kickers
It’s hard to make a Halloween or October playlist without including this campy and cheesy classic!
2. Witch Doctor by Sha Na Na
Here’s another instant add. It’s corny but it has become such a part of my Halloween season memories that it can’t be passed up. “Oh ee ooo ah ah ting tang walla walla bing bang” is melody making gold when Bowser lets it rip.
3. Ghostbusters by Ray Parker Jr.
Too many fond 1984-7 memories of hearing this tune roll out of everything from Ford LTDs to El Caminos. Great summertime tune but works oh so well for October. What the hell would it have sounded like if Lindsey Buckingham had agreed to do the tune when he was originally approached?
4. Somebody’s Watching Me by Rockwell
This is the first song I included in the playlist that is not intended as a seasonal song or horror movie soundtrack tune. It was released early the same year as Ghostbusters. This song is loaded with paranoia and with Jacksons. Michael Jackson is in on the chorus and Jermaine provides backing vocals. You may not know that Rockwell is Motown chief Berry Gordy Jr’s son so yeah someone was probably always watching this cat.
5. Bela Lugosi’s Dead by Bauhaus
I really dig the creepy riffs and crackles from this one take recording of Meatloafian length. Bauhaus’ Bela Lugosi’s Dead was one of three tracks from what some credit as the first gothic rock recording. The song is 9 minutes plus long and features haunting vocals accompanied by downplayed Dick Dale like riffs along with all the odd rimshots and echoes you could want. You may remember this gem from Tony Scott’s THE HUNGER as it was featured in the film’s opening along with the band.