Time to get your ghoulish groove on.
Jeepers creepers this has been a loooong time coming. I know, I know, it's not exactly groundbreaking but it's a post I've wanted to write ever since I started up this little ol' blog in 2010. I love halloween, ghouls, goblins, ghosts and anything dark, mysterious and witchy. We're not having a Halloween party this weekend but there will be going out and dressing up involved.
Here are my top 10 songs for a spooky soiree:
1. She's my Witch - Kip Tyler
Possibly the sexiest Halloween song ever. Perfect for setting the mood and a bit of slow dancing.
"Got hair as black as night,
Got a skirt that's ooh so tight,
Tellin' you I've got an itch...
She's my witch"
2. Bela Lugosi's Dead - Bauhaus.
An eerily epic song by my favourite goths where you can chant along 'undead, undead, undead'. It refers to the actor Bela Lugosi, famous for his role as Dracula in the 1931 Hollywood adaption of the Bram Stoker novel.
"The bats have left the bell tower
The victim's have been bled
Red velvet lines the black box.."
3. I was a Teenage Werewolf - The Cramps
I love The Cramps. Pretty much the perfect Halloween music as their songs constantly reference sci-fi and horror. Rest in peace Lux Interior.
"I was a teenage werewolf
Braces on my fangs
I was a teenage werewolf
And no one even said thanks
And no one made me stop"
4. Halloween - Misfits
Every early song by the Misfits is gorily Halloween appropriate. Glenn Danzig and his crew knew how to do horror punk so well. This isn't my favourite of their tunes but it has to be included.
"Bonfires burning bright
Pumpkin faces in the night
I remember halloween"
5. Scary Monsters (and super freaks)
It just wouldn't be right to not include this sinister track in the year that Bowie passed. Everyone loves a bit of Bowie. I expect there'll be a lot of dodgy Bowie costumes around this year. And Prince. And scary clowns. Oh god.
"Scary monsters, super creeps
Keep me running, running scared"
6. Goo Goo Muck - Ronnie Cook
The Cramps' version of this is better known but I like this version for a bit of old-school creepiness. And we couldn't just play the Cramps all night could we...?
"When the sun goes down and the moon comes up
I turn into a teenage goo-goo muck
I cruise through the city and I roam the streets
Looking for something that is nice to eat"
7. Release the Bats - The Birthday Party
One for when everyone's really pissed and the neighbours have complained. Loud, screeching early Nick Cave at his finest. A cult song about vampires that was fully embraced by the goth rock genre.
"Whooah bite! whooah bite!
Release the bats. release the bats
Don't tell me that it doesn't hurt.
A hundred fluttering in your skirt
(don't tell me that it doesn't hurt)"
8. Batman, Wolfman, Frankenstein or Dracula - The Diamonds
A weird ditty by 1950s Canadian cover band, The Diamonds, about a girl who only gets amorous with the help of a good scary movie. Weird.
"It takes the Batman, Wolfman, Frankenstein, or Dracula
To put her in the mood for love
It takes the Cat Girl, Dog Boy, Creature from the Black Lagoon
To make her feel like making love"
9. The Witch - The Sonics
Another track for really pissing off the neighbour's at 2am. The Sonics have influenced everybody from Nirvana to Bruce Springsteen and it's easy to understand why when you hear this track. 60s garage rock at it's very finest.
"Say there's a girl
Who's new in town
Well you better watch out now
Or she'll put you down
'Cause she's an evil chick
Say she's the witch"
10. Jack the Ripper - Nick Cave & The Bad Seeds
I often joke to Luke that if we ever get married, I'll basically sit everyone down and make them listen to Nick Cave (and Bob Dylan) the entire event. Suckers. This is one of my favourites. Hammer it, Jim.
What's your favourite spooky Halloween tune?