There’s a real problem with the over the counter Halloween CD’s available out there. Check them out. I love “The Humpty Dance” as much as the next skinny weird looking dude, but it’s just not spooky.
I’ve been collecting Horror and Halloween themed records for years (and I’m working on putting together a radio show, watch this blog for announcements!). My collection reaches back into the early days of Appalachian Goth and Voodoo Blues in the 20’s and 30’s to the novelty record boom of the 50’s and 60’s, horror metal and prog rock ghost stories of the 70’s, right up into the current psychobilly revival of today. I’ve compiled the below list as just a sample, 25 tracks I consider an essential Halloween party soundtrack.
You might notice there is no “Monster Mash” on this list. That’s only because everyone knows that one already. I love the Monster Mash, i own Bobby “Boris” Picketts original LP, I’ve licked the grooves and I can swear it tastes like candy corn and glow stick goo. I named my grade school bike gang “the Crypt Kickers” after his band, and I’ve played it backwards for our midnight “orange mass” on Halloween. So no blasphemous Mash bashing allowed!
25 Essential Halloween Hits
1.â€œThis is Halloweenâ€ â€“ Danny Elfman or Marilyn Manson
2. â€œDragulaâ€ â€“ Rob Zombie
3. â€œDead Manâ€™s Partyâ€ â€“ Oingo Boingo
4. â€œDay of the Deadâ€ â€“ The Misfits
5. â€œThe Human Flyâ€ â€“ The Cramps
6. â€œCoolest Little Monsterâ€ â€“ John Zacherie
John Zacherie was a Horror movie host, like a male Elvira, in the fifties, this song is a little like the 12 days of christmas, but with much better gifts like “a hat pin of bat skin” and “your own noose for home use”
7. â€œBloody Hammerâ€ â€“ Roky Erickson
Roky was a man making Horror themed records in the heady days of psychadelia and prog rock when everyone took them selves so seriously. For this he was institutionalized and given shock therapy.
8. â€œNature Trail to Hellâ€ â€“ Weird Al Yankovic or Rosemaryâ€™s Billygoat
Billygoat (pictured) amps up the weird and the rock on this cult classic
9. â€œWhere They Wanderâ€ â€“ The Horror Pops
10. â€œPet Cemeteryâ€ â€“ The Ramones
11. â€œThe Blobâ€ â€“ The Zanies
12. â€œI Put a Spell on Youâ€ â€“ Screamin Jay Hawkins
13 â€œThe Monster Twistâ€ â€“ Tyrone A. Saurus
14. â€œFeed My Frankensteinâ€ â€“ Alice Cooper
15. â€œFear of the Darkâ€ â€“ Iron Maiden
16. â€œHaunted Cathouseâ€ – Nekromantix
17. â€œRed Right Handâ€ â€“ Nick Cave
18. â€œJack youâ€™re Deadâ€ â€“ Louis Jordan
19. â€œAim for the Headâ€ â€“ Creature Feature
20.â€The Vampireâ€ â€“ Archie King
21 â€œWolf Womanâ€ â€“ KC and the Moonshine Band
This swinging rockabilly tune goes into the never before told intimacies of a man getting it on with a wolf woman. Great for parties, although references to “the hair on her chest” begins the gender bending implications. Bonus points for an awesome band name.
22. â€œBloodlettingâ€ â€“ Concrete Blond
23. â€œRockulaâ€ â€“ los straightjackets
24. â€œWhen Werewolves Collideâ€ – Logan Whitehurst
Imagine a song about experimenting on werewolves to unlock their chemical properties. Now imagine it’s being song like it’s the theme song of a James Bond movie. Now imagine it’s being played on an accordion. If I just broke your imagination don’t worry, this song exists.
25. â€œWerewolves of Londonâ€ â€“ Warren Zevon