31 Nights of Horror VII, Night 26: Your 2018 Halloween Party Playlist

It’s Halloweekend! If you’re throwing a spooky shindig this weekend it’s time to put together your Halloween playlist. Don’t worry, I’m here to help with a list of songs that will be sure to satisfy traditionalists, weirdos, and those damn hipster elitists. Have fun my ghouls and goblins!

Your 2018 Halloween Playlist:

1. “Wicked Ones” – Dorothy

Because you want to set the tone for the evening without being too literal. “This night ain’t for the faint of heart…”

https://m.youtube.com/watch?v=AW4vejDcVe8

2. “Skully Gully” – Bobby “Boris” Pickett

I always recommend this classic as a fantastic alternative to The Monster Mash. It’s on theme and catchy.

https://m.youtube.com/watch?v=f8BW76mVv5o

3. “The Boogie Monster” – Gnarls Barkley

A creepy cool jam perfect for all of that awkward “catching up” conversation while you guzzle down your first couple of drinks

https://m.youtube.com/watch?v=oFzM7DJ9nFw

4. “Monster Moves” Koo Koo Kanga Roo

If LMFAO ever released a Halloween party anthem, this would be it. Good transition into a dance party or party game.

https://m.youtube.com/watch?v=GxKb_VHCYdc

5. “Time Warp” – Rocky Horror Picture Show

Because if people weren’t dancing yet, now they will be.

https://m.youtube.com/watch?v=-w0WPkB3XJ4

6. “Calling All The Monsters” – China Anne McClain

So what if it’s from Disney. Time for shots!! Bust out your skeleton arm shot glass holder and pass em out. What, everyone doesn’t have one of those?

https://m.youtube.com/watch?v=XpoVbmx1qYU

7. “Tear You Apart” – She Wants Revenge

If anyone watched American Horror Story: Hotel, they’ll be excited.

https://m.youtube.com/watch?v=ixw_bLVUL34

8. “Ghost Town” – The Specials

If your state has legalized weed – or maybe if it hasn’t – this is the song for passing out party favors.

https://m.youtube.com/watch?v=RZ2oXzrnti4

9. “The Creep” – The Lonely Island

Or alternatively, “Werewolf Bar Mitzvah” for some comic relief.

https://m.youtube.com/watch?v=tLPZmPaHme0

10. Your Favorite Rob Zombie Song

Don’t overdo the playlist with Rob Zombie, but definitely choose your one or two favorites. But if you choose “Superbeast” then you are required to play “Call of the Zombie” before it.

https://m.youtube.com/watch?v=mG3iUfsLefY

11. “This is Halloween” – Marilyn Manson

One more for the traditionalists.

https://m.youtube.com/watch?v=jU6iP0WLsU8

12. “Halloweenhead” – Ryan Adams

OMG the kinda cute introvert wearing a “this is my costume” T-shirt will actually like a song.

https://m.youtube.com/watch?v=qvw7KZjfLtU

13. “The Crypt Jam” – Tales From the Crypt

Anyone born in the 80s or early 90s will LOVE this homage to the Cryptkeeper.

https://m.youtube.com/watch?v=rv4RDx5TSrs

14. “Halloween” – Aqua

Yes, the band who made “Barbie Girl” made a Halloween song. It’s delightfully tacky.

https://m.youtube.com/watch?v=gRr4TMqawu8

15. “Zombie Jamboree” – Harry Belafonte

❤️❤️❤️❤️🧟‍♀️🧟‍♂️

https://m.youtube.com/watch?v=RdRI2Y8fGcI

16. “Nature Trail to Hell” – Weird Al Yankovic

If anyone doesn’t like Weird Al, you don’t want them at your party.

https://m.youtube.com/watch?v=LWME4d1BRCk

17. “Mr. Crowley” – Ozzy Osbourne

The prince of darkness has to make one appearance right?

https://m.youtube.com/watch?v=vDVLMS_Yhe4

18. “She Wolf” – Shakira

One for my ladies.

https://m.youtube.com/watch?v=booKP974B0k

19. “Scream” – Michael and Janet Jackson

BANGERRRR

https://m.youtube.com/watch?v=0P4A1K4lXDo

20. “Monster” – Kanye West

Dance all niiiiight!

https://m.youtube.com/watch?v=pmEk0ZMhva4

21. “Are you ready for Freddy?” – Fat Boys

In the same vein as “The Crypt Jam”

https://m.youtube.com/watch?v=XDUl5Ke5jbM

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31 Nights of Horror VI, Night 30: Your 2017 Halloween Playlist

Goblins and ghouls, here’s your official 2017 Halloween playlist:

  1. “In a gadda da vida” – Iron Butterfly. Creepy by itself, iconic when Jessica Lange dances.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=UwYk0AeWS2U

2. “Red Right Hand” – Nick Cave and the Bad Seeds. Because, obviously. Also fantastic in Scream.

3. “Country Death Song” – Violent Femmes. As described here.

4. “Skully Gully” – Bobby “Boris” Pickett. A fantastic and cool alternative to the Monster Mash.

5. “Demons” – Sleigh Bells. Because you need a song where you take a bunch of shots.

6. “I Fink You Freeky” – Die Antwoord. Because after you take a bunch of shots, you’re gonna wanna dance.

7. “Evil” – Interpol. The classic romance between two serial killers, Fred and Rosemary West.

8. “Werewolf Bar Mitzvah” – 30 Rock. A good breather to catch a laugh.

9. “Call of the Zombie” followed by “Superbeast” – Rob Zombie. This shit scared me so much when I was 12.

10. “Disintegration” – Monarchy. Because you need to dance again. It’s best if you’re able to play the video while the song plays because WOW Dita Von Teese.

11. “Heads Will Roll” – Yeah Yeah Yeahs (A-Trax Remix). Let’s keep dancing!!

12. “Time Warp” – Rocky Horror Picture Show. The original and nothing else.

13. “Pet Sematary” – Ramones. Because the Ramones are always cool.

14. “Boogie Monster” – Gnarls Barkley. As described here.

15. “Purple People Eater” – George Thorogood. The happiest George Thorogood has ever sounded.

16. “This is Halloween” – A Nightmare Before Christmas. Classic. Marilyn Manson or movie version, you can’t go wrong.

17. “Hell” – Squirrel Nut Zippers. Remember when swing dancing and zoot suits were a thing in the 90s?

18. “Dracula’s Wedding” – Outkast. Spooky, cool jam.

19. “They’re Coming to Take Me Away, Ha-Haaa!” – Napoleon XIV. Trippy video.

20. “In Heaven, Everything is Fine” – Eraserhead Soundtrack. You’ve got your good friends, and I’ve got mine.

21. “Disturbia” – Rihanna. Close the party with this banger.

Terror Tunes Tuesday

Today’s Terror Tunes Tuesday is “The Boogie Monster” by Gnarls Barkley

“I’ve got a monster in my closet…someone’s underneath my bed…”

This record by Gnarls Barkley is a FANTASTIC choice for your Halloween cocktail party. Sultry smooth. The spooky lyrics seem simple enough on the surface but have a much more insightful meaning. And it’s a deep enough cut from their mega-hit “St. Elsewhere” album to satisfy your hipster friends. Interesting note: “The Boogie Monster” samples a tune from 1966 called “Ku Klux Klan Sequence”. Listen below:

 

These Songs Are Getting Me Psyched For Halloween 2014

Football is finally back, and that makes me extremely happy. Ya know what makes me happier? October is right around the corner. It’s almost Halloween season, y’all! I have been busy scouting the new crop of Halloween decor at Richmond’s discount retailers and also adding some new songs to my official Halloween playlist. That got me in the mood to listen to some tunes that are currently getting me AMPED for October.

Listen to these 10 festive songs and get overly enthusiastic about Halloween season like me:

1. Nick Cave and the Bad Seeds – Red Right Hand

Nick Cave’s sultry, deep voice highlights my ultimate Halloween song. It channels Milton’s Paradise Lost and makes me feel like I’m walking down a dark alley I shouldn’t be in.

2. Monarchy – Disintegration

Dita Von Teese in a dark music video about repressed sexual urges? Sold.

3. Type O Negative – Black No. 1 (Little Miss Scare All)

It’s 11:15 of Halloween.  ‘Nuff said.

4. Mirah – Special Death

Beautifully disturbing. From Season 1 of American Horror Story.

5. Yeah Yeah Yeahs – Heads Will Roll

This gets me so excited for “Witches Night Out 2014”!

6. Lana Del Rey – Once Upon A Dream

This shit genuinely terrifies me, Lana.

7. Suicide – Frankie Teardrop

I’m not sure what’s going on in this song, but it’s freaking me out.

8. Tom Waits – Singapore

This song sounds like it should be in a Disney movie and/or Broadway musical about Halloween.

9. Interpol – Evil

Who doesn’t love a little ditty about a couple serial killers?

10. Violent Femmes – Country Death Song

I love songs that tell a story. This story is about murder.

BONUS: Throbbing Gristle – Hamburger Lady

Horror movies in the ’70s were better. Creepy music in the ’70s was creepier. HOLY SHIT THIS SONG IS CREEPY.

Alternative Christmas Music Playlist

I LOVE Christmas music.  It’s cheerful, catchy, and so damn fun.  (The obvious exception is, of course, that killjoy Karen Carpenter who thought of Christmas as a time to sing these merry melodies in the style of some kind of heroin addict who’s stuck in a slow motion playback reel.)

However, if you’re a very sane person who can’t listen to Brenda Lee’s “Rocking Around the Christmas Tree” one more time or you’ll just fucking snap, I’ve compiled a hearty list of bizarre unique holiday ditties to satisfy your thirst for festive carols without feeding into your mom’s questionable obsession of Elvis’ “Blue Christmas”.

Presenting the Definitive Guide to Alternative Christmas Music:

1. Deck Da Club – Ying Yang Twinz

“Deck da club with [piles/boughs] of money…”   Actually, the entire album “The Ying and the Yang of the Holidays” is worth checking out.  CAROL OF DA BELLZ.  One YouTube user calls this the “most horrible Christmas song ever.” I completely disagree.

2.  Ru Paul the Red Nosed Drag Queen – Ru Paul

Child, if y’all can’t name all reindeer drag queens in order y’all need to just get on up outta here.  My favorite is Lady Comet.

3.  Sleigh Ride – Christmas Disco 

The album is described as “JOYOUS DISCO VERSIONS OF GREAT CHRISTMAS CLASSICS!” and I think that’s all that needs to be said about that.  Shimmy into your leisure suits and fill up your coke rings, we’re going on a glittery, drug infused disco sleigh ride straight to the stars!

 4. Oh Come All Ye Faithful – Twisted Sister

Amazing video.  Enjoy those nightmares of Dee Snyder Santa Claus sliding down your chimney.  Also – the guitar riff of “We’re Not Gonna Take It” and “Hava Nagila” at the end.  Priceless.

5. Christmas in Jail – The Youngsters

A special tribute to your well-meaning uncle who had one too many run-ins with the law this year.  Or, in my case, an homage to my police officer brother who often has to work on Christmas Day.

6. Afroman is Coming to Town – Afroman

In other “why did they make a Christmas album?” news, Afroman made a Christmas album.  “Slap yo grandma’s dentures out” ?!?!??! What do you mean, Afroman?!?!? Terrifying.

 7.  Get Behind Me, Santa! – Sufjan Stevens

This is the part of the list that isn’t so obscurely bizarre. You can actually play all of Sufjan’s Christmas compilations from Songs for Christmas and genuinely enjoy them.  I love his whimsical sing-song lullabies about American culture and pleasantries so he’s a natural fit in the holiday music realm.  Listening to Sufjan Stevens is like putting your bare feet up on the dashboard and doing the wave thing with your hand out of the window on a long road trip.

8.  We Three Konami – 8-Bit Jesus

Ok, back to the weird.  8-Bit Jesus is an album of Christmas songs in the style of 8-bit Nintendo games.  You can enjoy such hits as “O Come All Ye Vampires” and “Ryu the Red Nose Ninja”.  Have a husband, brother, or girlfriend who loves video games?  They’ll get a laugh out of this.

9. ‘Oy to the World – Klezmonauts

When Christmas crashes into Chanukah this happens.  Klezmer is a musical tradition of the Ashkanazi Jews from Eastern Europe.  Klezmonauts is an album of Christmas carols in the style of klezmer music.  I am really fond of this one.

Other great Klezmonaut songs include “Deck the Halls” and “Jingle Bells”.

10. A Toolbox Christmas – Woody Phillips

Christmas songs performed by various tools.  As strange as it sounds.

Here’s Your Halloween Party Playlist

Music will make or break your party so do it right this Halloween. I know it’s a ton of pressure, but fear not! I’m here to help.  Here are 65 suggestions that will satisfy your friends, family, and even your musical elitist hipster co-worker.

-OR-

You can be totally lazy and just play any Halloween playlist from http://www.fratmusic.com (I won’t be offended because I strongly endorse alcohol fueled techno dance parties.)

DIY Halloween Party Playlist Suggestions:

1. The Monster Mash – Bobby “Boris” Pickett (Duh.)

2. Werewolves of London – Warren Zevon

3. Witchy Woman – The Eagles

4. Evil Woman – Electric Light Orchestra

5. Black Magic Woman – Santana

6. Frankenstein – Edgar Winter Group

7. Thriller – Michael Jackson

8. Ghostbusters – Ray Parker, Jr.

9. A Nightmare on My Street – Will Smith and DJ Jazzy Jeff

10. Superstition – Stevie Wonder

11. I Put a Spell on You – Hocus Pocus or Screamin Jay Hawkins

12. Time Warp – The Rocky Horror Picture Show

13. Weird Science – Oingo Boingo

14. Somebody’s Watching Me – Rockwell

15. Dragula – Rob Zombie

16.  This is Halloween – The Nightmare Before Christmas

17. The Boogie Monster – Gnarls Barkley

18. Living Dead Girl – Rob Zombie

19. Red Right Hand – Nick Cave and the Bad Seeds

20. Ghost Town – The Specials

21. Ghosts ‘n Stuff – Deadmau5 feat. Rob Swire

22. People Are Strange – The Doors

23. Wolf Like Me – TV on the Radio

24. Evil – Interpol

25. They’re Coming to Take Me Away – Napoleon XIV

26. Bad Moon Rising – CCR

27. Monster – Lady GaGa

28. Monster – Kanye West

29. My Chick Bad – Ludacris

30. Season of the Witch – Donovan

31. Spooky – Classics IV

32. Skully Gully – Bobby “Boris” Pickett

33. That Little Old Graverobber – Don Hinson

34. Tubular Bells – Mike Oldfield

35. Howlin’ For You – Black Keys

36. Madness – Muse

37. Sympathy for the Devil – Rolling Stones

38. Beat the Devil’s Tattoo – Black Rebel Motorcycle Club

39. Bad Romance – Lady GaGa

40. Hell’s Bells – AC/DC

41. Hell – Squirrel Nut Zippers

42. Highway to Hell – AC/DC

43. Boris the Spider – The Who

44. Pet Cemetery – Ramones

45. Scary Monsters (and Super Creeps)  – David Bowie

46.  Everyday is Halloween – Chief Keef

47. Everyday is Halloween – Ministry

48. Halloween in Heaven – Type O Negative

49. Halloween Dance – Reverend Horton Heat

50. Bela Lugosi’s Dead – Nouvelle Vague or Bauhaus

51. Scream – The Misfits

52. Anything by the Misfits??!?!?!?

53. The Devil Went Down to Georgia – Charlie Daniels Band

54. The Killing Moon – Echo and the Bunnymen

55. Perhaps Vampires is a Bit Strong, But… – Arctic Monkeys

56.  Halloween Head – Ryan Adams

57. Convinced of the Hex – Flaming Lips

58. Scarecrow – Beck

59. House of the Rising Sun – The Animals

60. Little Red Riding Hood – Sam The Sham and the Pharoahs

61. Graveyard’s Full – The Growlers

62. Standing on Ghosts – Two Door Cinema Club

63. They Are Night Zombies!! They Are Neighbors!! They Have Come Back from the Dead!! Ahhhh! – Sufjan Stevens

64. Little Ghost – The White Stripes

65. Bones – Electric Tickle Machine