Tuesday, October 27, 2009

Greg Kot - Scary Halloween Songs

Great blog post from the Chicago Tribune's Greg Kot on his favorite Halloween songs:

I'll add a few more favorites:
Ryan Adams - "Halloweenhead" - it's got Halloween right there in the title.
Big Star - "Holocaust" - one of the great poppy bands ever with one of the great creepy songs ever.
Nick Cave - "Red Right Hand" - no surprise that this was used in "The X-Files" pilot.
Cranberries - "Zombie" - OK, it's a war song, not a zombie song, but it's still pretty haunting.
Howlin' Wolf - "Evil (Is Going On)" - even more sinister than it sounds thanks to Howlin's Wolf's gruff, passionate vocals.
Del McCoury Band - "It's Just the Night" - the definitive bluegrass Halloween song.
The Misfits - "Last Caress" - who knew rape and murder could be this fun?
Bill Monroe - "My Last Days on Earth" - this stark instrumental musing on death will stay with you.
Okkervil River - "For Real" - the modern masters of the murder ballad with their most potent take on it.
Outkast - "Dracula's Wedding" - what is a vampire scared of?
Portishead - "Sour Times" - should be in ever noir soundtrack.
Radiohead - "Climbing Up the Walls" - I used to nap in college listening to OK Computer and I'd wake up in a cold sweat in the middle of this song.
The Ramones - "Chain Saw" - because part of Halloween is silly, campy horror fun.
The Raveonettes - "Aly, Walk With Me" - the haunting opener to their 2008 offering Lust, Lust, Lust.
Tool - "Opiate" - no, it's not subtle, but it is frightening.
Wilco - "Bull Black Nova" - psychological nightmare of their latest LP.
Warren Zevon - "Werewolves of London" - cliched, but it's gotta be in there.

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