Perfecting Your Halloween Playlist Part 6

Tomorrow is the best day of the year: Halloween. In preparation this year, I have been compiling some of your not-so-typical festive songs in honor of my blog’s annual countdown to Halloween. Tonight’s song is pretty awesome.

This song is three-fold amazing: 1) It is featured in the movie, “Dark Shadows.” 2) Dwight Frye is an actor who is known for playing many maniacal characters, including the character of Renfield from the original and classic “Dracula” movie. 3) It features a manic rant of, “I GOTTA GET OUTTA HERE.” 

Dwight Frye

Alice Cooper’s song, “The Ballad of Dwight Fry” is pure gold for Halloween…

1 more day!

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Perfecting Your Halloween Playlist Part 5

My brother has a radio show at his college and tonight he played a fantastic song that is so fitting for this Halloween playlist-themed countdown. This song might just be my new favorite tune: it’s equal parts funk and Halloween-appropriateness; two of my favorite things.

This song is about a man who is dead. A man named Freddie. The great Curtis Mayfield has a song, “Freddie’s Dead” which is also the theme from the movie, “Superfly”.) You should totally add this funky tune to any Halloween party playlist wherein you intend to get down…

2 more days!!

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Perfecting Your Halloween Playlist Part 4

Tonight I have the most perfect addition to any Halloween playlist. Want to surprise your guests with something they have potentially never heard before? This song is equal parts eerie and mysterious.

This is an old tune I found years ago while watching Flash videos around the internet. While it sounds like the song is from much earlier in history (the 1920’s? 30’s?) it’s actually from the 1950’s. The minor key and the haunting melody makes this tune a good choice for a Halloween good time. Tonight we have, “Little Red Monkey”…

3 more days!!!

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Perfecting The Halloween Playlist Part 3

Tonight we are continuing with our attention on the most unique music to play for Halloween.

This song is one from Franz Ferdinand called, “Shopping For Blood.” I can only imagine two types of people who would be in the market for blood: doctors/nurses… and murderers/vampires. For the sake of this post, I’m assuming this song is about the latter. The lyrics even mention not being able to taste things, which to me is a characteristic of a vampire, so that’s what I’m going with.

Listen for yourself:

4 more days!

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Perfecting Your Halloween Playlist Part 2

Yesterday I started to breach the subject of creating the most unique playlist for Halloween. The great thing about this holiday is that there are just so many songs that are Halloween-relevant.

Today I highlight a song about… Cannibalism. Until this song, I don’t know if I had ever heard a song about this subject, and frankly, it is so refreshing to hear a different subject being sung. One could argue that in The Neon Trees’ song, “Animal” is actually about heartbreak, but that the band chose the cannibalism metaphor is just so clever and innovative.

7 more days!

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Perfecting Your Halloween Playlist Part 1

Halloween is not complete without the appropriate music, and when most people think of the tunes for this holiday, only a few standards come to mind. Many people immediately list songs such as, “Thriller,” “The Monster Mash,” and “Purple People Eater.” But there are actually so many more fitting songs to include.

Today I am focusing on the song, “The Boogie Monster” by Gnarls Barkley. This song covers all the typical horrors: a monster under the bed and in the closet, wind at the window, Dracula, the un-dead, and a general overall creepiness. This song is fantasic and should be included more often in your Halloween playlists.

Check out this fan-made video complete with old black and white horror film clips:

8 more days!

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A Surprise Halloween-Appropriate Music Video

Today marks the starts my blog’s annual 10-day countdown to Halloween. And I couldn’t be more excited. I have just declared there to be nothing better than Halloween- and that’s a bold statement. There is simply nothing better than a holiday dedicated to binge-eating candy, dressing up in costume, and partying. But no matter how you celebrate, you need to get in the proper creepy mood.

At my job I listen to quite a variety of music. Some of the music peaks my interest enough to check it out visually on YouTube to see what music video goes with the tune. In one such case, it caught me by surprise. The following music video starts out honestly enough. The non-suspecting audience has no idea how the video ends. But I assure you, this music video is most definitely Halloween-appropriate.

Happy 10-day countdown!

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