The 31st is getting closer and closer (time tends to move in a regular forward motion, but it can certainly seem to adjust its speed when things of excitement or dread are on the way). For most people, it'll be just another day, or perhaps a birthday. For many other people, it'll be a time for a "party" or maybe just a bit of self-enjoyed spookiness (maybe watching a couple of eerie films or something).
Regardless of what the day will bring, it's always fun to have some themed music, right? The short-lived days of mass file-sharing on the Internet seem to be mostly over, but there's still SOME good stuff out there, and three of my favourites this year are from Wonderful Wonderblog.
First up is Elvira Presents Haunted Hits.
Loads of smashing stuff on this, from the obvious (Ray Parker Jr's Ghostbusters and Bobby Pickett's Monster Mash), to film and TV themes (The Addams Family and Attack of the Killer Tomatoes), to spooky kooky stuff from Screamin' Jay Hawkins, The Cramps and the Ran-Dells.
Next we're turning up the novelty dial to "maximum fun" or whatever, depending on your tastes. It's the Old School Hip Hop Halloween Mix!
Featuring MC Hammer's Addams Groove, Run-D.M.C.'s Ghostbusters and that Fat Boys song about Freddy Krueger, it'll either have you grinning, cringing or doing those funny hand signs that people like to do when listening to rap music in an "ironic" sense. I'm of the grinning variety.
Last one from the Wonderblog now, and my favourite - Halloween Stomp.
27 (or maybe 28?) big band jazzy floor-fillers from the likes of Nat King Cole, Glen Miller, Cab Calloway, Peggy Lee and the Casa Loma Orchestra, all with a running theme of shrieking. The complete life story of Mysterious Mose is included, and my personal favourite of the set is Rudy Valle & His Connecticut Yankees with the absolutely bonkers With Her Head Tucked Under Her Arm. Spooky sound effects and cuts from old cartoons are stuck between the tracks, but this adds to the fun rather than annoys.
Last of all, I've made my own one! Well, it was a couple of years ago when I made it, there wasn't time to do a "proper" one this year with a cover and everything (next year...), so... It's still good though. A fair few songs on it might not be considered Hallowe'en music in the traditional sense, but most of them are either spooky, silly, sinister or maybe even scary. There's a few "fashion bands" on there too, for those people who're into that sort of thing!
It's in two folders, each one of them will fit onto a single CD. People still use CD players, don't they? Get it from here and be sure to let me know what you "reckon" of it.
Here's the tracklisting, for those that are interested:
01-Danny Elfman - This Is Halloween
02-Gorillaz - Clint Eastwood
03-Pixies - Dead
04-Queens of the Stone Age - Hangin' Tree
05-The Electric Prunes - I Had Too Much to Dream (Last Night)
06-Jeffrey Lewis - If You Shoot the Head You Kill the Ghoul
07-Panther Burns - Auto Sapien
08-Deerhoof - Giga Dance
09-The Cramps - Human Fly
10-The Unicorns - Tuff Ghost
11-Joe McDermott - Boss Battle
12-John Carpenter - Halloween Theme
13-Bonnie Camplin - Get Me a Mirror
14-...And the Native Hipsters - There Goes Concorde Again
15-Fiction Friends - Jump Jump
16-Rasputina - A Skeleton Bang
17-Bobby "Boris" Pickett & The Crypt-Kickers - Monster Mash
18-The Tinklers - Mom Kooks Inside
19-Chad VanGaalen - Molten Light
20-Crass - Reality Asylum
21-BBC Radiophonic Workshop - Dr. Who
22-Vrillion - Crazy Clown Song
23-Only A Mother - Lullabye
24-The Sounds of American Doomsday Cults - Preamble: Great Divine Rector's Call
25-Foetus Inc. - See Dick Run
26-Billy West - Dialogue from "Stimpy's Fan Club"
01-Tom Waits - What's He Building?
02-Isobel Campbell & Mark Lanegan - The False Husband
03-Camille Saint-Saëns - Danse Macabre
04-Space Negros - Vigor the Ice Man
05-Man Man - Against the Peruvian Monster
06-Frank Zappa - Goblin Girl
07-The Bonzo Dog Band - Look Out, There's a Monster Coming
08-Liars - Flow My Tears the Spider Said
09-The Stinky Puffs - Monsters
10-Los Straitjackets - The Munsters Theme Song
11-Ed Ivory & Ken Page - Oogie Boogie's Song
12-Carole King - The Awful Truth
13-R. Crumb & His Cheap Suit Serenaders - Mysterious Mose
14-Peter Stampfel - Werewolf
15-Bauhaus - Kingdom's Coming
16-Dead Man's Bones - Dead Man's Bones
17-King Missile - The Commercial
18-Napoleon XIV - They're Coming To Take Me Away, Ha-Haaa!
19-Hank von Schpa - Mama Do
20-Tony Jay - Hellfire
21-Modest Mussorgsky - Night on Bald Mountain