16 October 2008

"Where Evil Grows" - The Poppy Family

The greatness of this song deserves a post of its own even though it was only just featured as part of The Great Halloween Playlist. "Where Evil Grows" by the Poppy Family is the kind of song I dream about stumbling upon when doing something else ( like putting together a Halloween playlist). It's not the only great song on the list that I had never heard before, but it is my favorite. "Where Evil Grows" really has everything going for it, beautiful forboding music, cleaver and well crafted lyrics. I highly suggest that even if you don't venture down the path of constructing your own Great Halloween Playlist, you at least head over to The Poppy Family's official Myspace and check out this song.


13 October 2008

The Great Halloween Playlist

I have a confession to make. I was dead tired of the 10 song CD compilations of silly Halloween songs that make up the meat of music we are offered for our October holiday. And I was unsatisfied with the top 10 or 13 lists that proliferate on the net. What with mp3 players and online playlists a mix needn't fit on a tape anymore. So, I have scoured my memory and Myspace music to create a better musical offering for Halloween.

A little aside here: If Myspace is good for anything it is a great resource for finding genius music that you previously never knew existed, and an excellent way for bands to market themselves before and after being signed. If you've been playing around with the new personal playlist feature in Myspace, you can easily put this playlist together sans only a couple songs and listen to your hearts content.

Included within the Great Halloween Playlist are some heavy, some light, some old, and some new, but none quite so fluffy as the Monster Mash. If you wanted recommendations for your Halloween listening pleasure, you have found the right place.

The Great Halloween Playlist

Old Black Magic - Louis Prima and Keely Smith
Werewolf - Haunted Love
Black Magic Woman (radio edit) - Santana
People are Strange - The Doors
Where Evil Grows - The Poppy Family
Sympathy for the Devil - Rolling Stones
Dead Man's Party - Oingo Boingo
Devil Woman - Cliff Richards
Witchy Woman - Bad News Bears
Little Red Riding Hood - Paul Revere and the Raiders
Marie Laveau - Bobby Bare
I'm Your Boogie Man - White Zombie
Boris the Spider - The Who
Psycho Killer - Talking Heads
Let's do the Time Warp - Rocky Horror Picture Show
Abracadabra - Steve Miller
The Killing Moon - Echo and the Bunnymen
Spooky - Dusty Springfield
Zombie Zoo - Tom Petty
Ghost Town - The Specials
Teenage Frankenstein - Alice Cooper
Hell - Squirrel Nut Zippers
La Grippe - Squirrel Nut Zippers
St. James Infirmary Blues - White Stripes
Ding Dong the Witch is Dead - Rosemary Clooney
I Put a Spell on You - Nina Simone
Zombie Jamboree - Harry Belefonte
Red Right Hand - Nick Cave
Sleeping with a Vampire - Brigitte Handley and the Dark Shadows
Date with a Vampire - The Screaming Trees
Transylvanian Concubine - Rasputina
Spooky Madness - Big Bad Voodoo Daddy
Halloween - Souixe and the Banshees
Thank you Satan - Dionysos
Cannibal Flesh Riot - Hola Ghost
Halloween She Gets So Mean - Rob Zombie
Lunatics - Fun Boy Three


10/24: Love Me Dead - Ludo (courtesy of Busch Garden's Hall-o-Scream, seriously)

09 October 2008


I'm trying to get into the Halloween spirit and what better way than to dig up some old Swedish death metal. In 1991, I was just about to make my transition from metal head dumbass to punk ska whatever dumbass and the hardest band to let go of was Entombed. Their albums "Left Hand Path" and "Clandestine" are essential if you have even a passing interest in death metal. Of course, their album "Wolverine Blues" (which I still can't get into, even nostalgically) made abandoning them much easier. When it comes down to it, I'm not very open-minded when it comes to death metal. If it didn't come out around or before 1993 at the latest, then I just can't dig on it. Anyway, here are three tracks from Entombed.

08 October 2008


I first stumbled upon Dionysos courtesy of one of the many blogs I read. If I had been a little more savvy, or perhaps wrote about Dionysos right after I first heard about them I could give the proper credit to the person who clued me in. Either way, that won't stop me from passing on information on this awesome French band.

There are two different ways to love a band, I think. Obviously, you can love them for their music and how it feels when you immerse yourself in the sounds and moods they create with their music. Then, you can love them for their theatrics. I'm betting that you have run into a music video that was phenomenally awesome, but the music wasn't something you would ever consider listening to on its own. Or perhaps you routinely attend the concerts of a band that is fantastically entertaining on stage, and you love the songs because they come with memory of the visuals.

I admit, I was first entranced by Dionysos' videos (the three following to be precise), but their music has outlived the theatrics for me. It's just great stuff.

They're music continues to evolve and is now quite different to my ears than these videos. You can hear it on the Dionysos myspace page.