Thursday, October 30, 2008

MUSIC: Songs Of The Day - Halloween Edition (Oct 31): "Time Warp" from Rocky Horror Picture Show And "Science Fiction Double Feature"

Yep, last one! Thank God I can some of you say!

And to end it all, I can't think of a song for fitting than "Time Warp" from The Rocky Horror Picture Show!

But since it's Halloween, I added "Science Fiction Double Feature" by Me First And The Gimme Gimmes The Rocky Horror Punk Rock Show, a punk rock tribute to the musical.

I was going to add The Groovy Ghoules version of "Time Warp", but I couldn't find it on YouTube and my videomaker was being a piece of crap! So I'll suggest you look it up!

Wednesday, October 29, 2008

MUSIC: Song Of The Day - Halloween Edition (Oct 30): "Sympathy For The Devil" By The Rolling Stones

Can't think of a better penultimate song for my Halloween cavalcade of tunes than The Rolling Stones' "Sympathy For The Devil". Also included a really good strip down version of the song by Jane's Addiction!

This is as close to the original as I could find on YouTube...

MUSIC: Song Of The Day - Halloween Edition (Oct 29): The Themes From The Exorcist and Halloween

Just a couple of great horror movie themes - "Introduction" from Mike Oldfield's Tubular Bells (used for the theme of The Exorcist) and the theme to the movie Halloween by John Carpenter.

And here's a great video with a guy putting lyrics to the Halloween theme. It's pretty funny!

Tuesday, October 28, 2008

MUSIC: Song Of The Day - Halloween Edition (Oct 28): "Superstition" By Stevie Wonder

Just adding this song - "Superstition" by Stevie Wonder - because it's pretty such a standard for any Halloween collection - and it's a great dance to boot. Besides, you got to love that opening riff!

MUSIC: Song Of The Day - Halloween Edition (Oct 27): "The Horror Of Party Beach", "The Thing From Uranus", and "The Queen From Outer Space"

These - "The Horror Of Party Beach", "The Thing From Uranus", and "The Queen From Outer Space" - are just the 3 songs by the punk band, Sloppy Seconds, that have a horror theme to them.

I don't know much about this band. They came out when I was living in Africa, and I just discovered them recently through Pandora Radio.

But I think they're a lot of fun and that they can be rather humorous, and I hope you will too.

This video is stupid, but it has the song...

Monday, October 27, 2008

MUSIC: Songs Of The Day - Halloween Edition (Oct 26): "Edgar Allan Poe" By Lou Reed And "The Raven" By The Alan Parsons Project

This is a song - "Edgar Allan Poe" - from a stage show about Edgar Allan Poe that Lou Reed, formerly of The Velvet Underground, did the music for. If you don't who Lou Reed is, his most famous song is "Take A Walk On The Wild Side".

I also added "The Raven" from The Alan Parsons Project's first album "Tales of Mystery And Imagination", which is a tribute to Edgar Allan Poe.

I add this, just cus I found when looking for a video for Lou Reed's "Edgar Allan Poe"! And it's really funny.

Kind of reminds me of a friend's thought about Peter Peter Pumpkin Eater having a wife he couldn't afford to keep and hiding her remains in a pumpkin shell.

Sunday, October 26, 2008

MUSIC: Songs Of The Day - World Zombie Day: "Zombie Jamboree" By Rockapella And "Brains" By Voltaire

Here's just a couple of extra songs for World Zombie Day!

The first is "Zombie Jamboree". It's by Rockapella. I actually think Harry Belafonte does the best version, but I couldn't find his version on YouTube.

This is "Brains!" by Voltaire. It was used in a "Billy And Mandy" cartoon.

Friday, October 24, 2008

MUSIC: Songs Of The Day - Halloween Edition (Oct 25): "Sleepwalking" By The Raveonettes, "Sleepwalker" By The Kinks And "Sleepwalk" By Ultravox

These are 3 tunes about sleepwalking - "Sleepwalker" by The Kinks, "Sleepwalking" by The Raveonettes and "Sleepwalk" by Ultravox.

The Kinks are a band that started in the 60s. Their big hit is "You Really Got Me".

The Raveonettes is what I considered one of the better new alternative bands to have come out in the past 20 years.

Ultravox is a British synth pop band. You might have seen their videos on MTV in the 80s. Their big one was "Vienna".

Since the Ultravox video is a boring performance video, I presenting this one featuring good old Dr Who...

MUSIC: Song Of The Day - Halloween Edition (Oct 24): "Dark Lady" By Cher

What can I say? 70s Cher music is a guilty pleasure of mine. Takes me back to my
childhood. So I had to add "Dark Lady"!

Thursday, October 23, 2008

TELEVISION/VIDEOS and MOVIES/VIDEOS: "Songs" Of The Day - Halloween Edition (Oct 23): "Bring Out Your Dead", "Death", and "Undertaker" By Monty Python

These are just 3 Monty Pythons bits about death - "Bring Out Your Dead", an excerpt of "Death" from "Meaning Of Life", and "Undertaker". But don't worry, they're not very naughty bits!

MUSIC: Song Of The Day - Halloween Edition (Oct 22): "Scooby- Doo, Where Are You?" By Matthew Sweet And "Goolie Get-Together" By The Toadies

This song - "Scooby Doo, Where Are You" by Matthew Sweet - is from a compilation cd that came out in the 90s. They had a bunch of alternative bands from that time doing cartoon theme songs from the 60s - which was when i was watching cartoons! Okay, I still do, but I got up on Saturday to watch them then!

If you don't Matthew Sweet, it's because he didn't have any big hits. He did, though, get played on college stations. His biggest hit was probably "Girlfriend".

And since I had room when I emailed this song to friends and family, I added another song from that cd - "Goolie Get-Together" by The Toadies. If don't remember that cartoon, it was a weird mix of having horror monsters in a "Laugh-In" sort of set-up!

Tuesday, October 21, 2008

MUSIC: Song Of The Day - Halloween Edition (Oct 21): "Who Do You Love" - 3 Versions - Bo Diddley, Wild Willie, The Jesus And Mary Chain

Well, this technically isn't really a Halloween song - "Who Do You Love". It isn't about ghost, vampires, zombies, or even killers.

But with lyrics about using cobras for neckties, having a chimney of skulls, and having a tombstone hand, it still fits right in.

Although there are MANY versions of this song, I think the original version by Bo Diddley has the most Halloween-y feel. But I also included a good cover by Wild Willie and a nice, omninous version by The Jesus And Mary Chain.

MUSIC: Song Of The Day - Halloween Edition (Oct 20): "Paranoid" By Black Sabbath

What's Halloween without heavy metal or Black Sabbath? And this is my favorite Black Sabbath song!

Monday, October 20, 2008

MUSIC: Song Of The Day - Halloween Edition (Oct 19): "Scary Monsters (And Super Creeps)" By David Bowie

Well, this song - "Scary Monsters And Super Creeps" by David Bowie - is just another song that I feel is a must for Halloween. Especially, if you're into alternative music!

And I love the video, and what this guy did for it!

MUSIC: Songs Of The Day - Halloween Edition (Oct 18): "Zombies Ate Her Brain" By The Creepshow And "Fashion Zombies" By The Aquabats

Well, these are just a couple of punk rock zombie songs - "Fashion Zombies" by The Aquabats and "Zombies Ate Her Brain" by Creepshow - that I heard on the local school station.

Don't know much about either band. The Aquabats are a fun band that writes silly songs. And Creepshow seems to be a new punk rock band with a horror show vibe going on.

Sunday, October 19, 2008

MUSIC: Song Of The Day - Halloween Edition (Oct 17): "Country Death Song" By The Violent Femmes

I know that a good number of people claim that this - "Country Death Song" by The Violent Femmes - is a sick and creepy song. All I can say is - Yes, it IS a sick and creepy song. It's about a father killing his daughter! How can it not be creepy?

I think the problem is that Gordon Gano captured the mindset of a person who would kill his own daughter very well, and we begin to sympathize somewhat with this guy. And that's what's creepy. And that's what makes this a perfect Halloween song!

And this video is perfect for the song!

MUSIC: Song Of The Day - Halloween Edition (Oct 16): "Eve Of The War" By Jeff Wayne

This is the first track "Eve Of The War" from "Jeff Wayne's Musical Version Of War Of The Worlds". It's a mouthful, but it's good stuff. This guy, Jeff Wayne - session musician and producer - got Justin Heyward of The Moody Blues, Philip Lynott the lead singer of Thin Lizzy, and somehow Richard Burton, and put out a very faithful - if truncated - musical version of the H.G. Wells novel.

The classic rock station in my home town played it for a couple years on Halloween when it came out in the 70s.

From the YouTube comments:

I heard this at about the age of 7 in a dark room with an open fire flickering - oh god, I s*at myself!

Saturday, October 18, 2008

MUSIC: Song Of The Day - Halloween Edition (Oct 15): "(Don't Fear) The Reaper" By Blue Oyster Cult

Well, to finish the first half of the collection, I'd thought another must for any Halloween playlist - "Don't Fear The Reaper" by Blue Oyster Cult. Besides, I just posted their "Godzilla". :)

MUSIC: Song Of The Day - Halloween Edition (Oct 14): "Big Lizard" By The Dead Milkmen

I don't know. This song - "Big Lizard" by The Dead Milkmen - is just another one of those songs that are too fun NOT to include in a Halloween collection!

For those who don't know, The Dead Milkmen were a 80s alternative band that did fun and rather humorous music that usually had some strange lyrics. Their big hits were "Punk Rock Girl" and "Bitchin' Camaro".

And since I had the space when I email the previous song to friends and family, I added a song on a similiar theme, "Godzilla" by Blue Oyster Cult.

Friday, October 17, 2008

MUSIC: Song Of The Day - Halloween Edition (Oct 13): "Nemesis" By Shriekback

Back when I heard this song in college, I knew it was going on my Halloween cassette - this was in the days of vinyl and tapes! Before mp3's, the closest thing we had to a playlist was mixed cassettes!

And I still loving hearing it every Halloween! It was just made for this time!

MUSIC: Song Of The Day - Halloween Edition (Oct 12): "Highway To Hell" By AC/DC

Well, if you like hard rock, then this - AC/DC's "Highway To Hell" is a must for any Halloween playlist! Though some might argue for "Back In Black" or "Hell's Bells" - both of which are also on my Halloween playlist!

And as a bonus feature, here's a nice little video done to Hayseed Dixie's bluegrass version of the song.

Wednesday, October 15, 2008

MUSIC: Songs Of The Day - Halloween Edition (Oct 11): The Soundtrack To "Psycho" By Bernard Herrmann

Below are not the songs that I emailed to friends and family. I couldn't find them on YouTube.

I sent them four songs - "The Rainstorm", "The Car", "The Murder" and "Discovery" - from what many considered one of the greatest soundtracks ever made, "Psycho" by Bernard Herrmann for the Alfred Hitchcock movie.

But I put what YouTube had from the "Psycho" soundtrack.

MUSIC: Song Of The Day - Halloween Edition (Oct 10): "Children Of The Night" By Nash The Slash

This is a song - "Children Of The Night" by Nash The Slash - from Canada's and electronic music's equivalent of Alice Cooper. Except that he was never that popular. :)

But he wore this great get-up with his face covered like The Invisible Man and this nice jacket and top hat.

He also had an interesting boycott on playing guitars - he played violin, electric violin, banjo, electric banjo, mandolin, electric mandolin, among other string instruments, but no guitars.

Not sure why. He obviously liked electric guitar music, because he covered a lot of classic rock tunes.

Since I had space when I emailed "Children Of The Night" to friends and family, I also added Nash The Slash's version of The Stones' "19th Nervous Breakdown"...

Tuesday, October 14, 2008

MUSIC: "Song" Of The Day - Halloween Edition (Oct 9): "Chicken Heart" By Bill Cosby

This isn't a song, but a comedy bit by Bill Cosby talking about a horror show he listened to on the radio. I thought he had just made it up. But no, it's real.

This is another Bill Cosby piece after I found after I already email the above routine to family and friends. So, dear reader, you're getting a bonus track that my friends and family didn't get!

Sunday, October 12, 2008

MUSIC: Song Of The Day - Halloween Edition (Oct 8): "Camouflage" By Stan Ridgway

One more ghost story song - "Camouflage" by Stan Ridgway. This is my second favorite ghost story song.

Unfortunately, his only claim to fame seems to be having been the former lead singer of Wall of Voodoo, who are only known for their song, "Mexican Radio". Though in my opinion, they have better songs to be known by.

This song is taken from Stan's first and - in my not so humble opinion - best solo album

MUSIC: Song Of The Day - Halloween Edition (Oct 7): "Love Vigilantes" By New Order

I decided that I would stay on the ghost theme for a bit. This is my favorite ghost story song - "Love Vigilantes" by New Order.

Friday, October 10, 2008

MUSIC: Song Of The Day - Halloween Edition (Oct 6): "(Ghost) Riders In The Sky" By Johnny Cash

This is another song - (Ghost) Riders In The Sky - that I feel is a must for any Halloween music collection. I actually have over 10 versions of this song - two punk version by Me First And The Gimmes Gimmes and The Vandals, The Blues Brothers, Frank Sinatra, among others. But no one does it better than The Man In Black!

I also decided to add The Blues Brothers' version. It's corny, but fun!

MUSIC: Song Of The Day - Halloween Edition (Oct 5): "Dead Man's Party" By Oingo Boingo

Well, this is a fun dance song - "Dead Man's Party" - by an weird 80s new wave band, Oingo Boingo. Their main claim to fame it that their lead singer/main song writer is a big time movie score composer - Danny Elfman, who did the soundtrack for the first two 90s Batman movies and The Nightmare Before Christmas, among others, many movies by Tim Burton. He was the voice of Jack in "Nightmare" too.

Wednesday, October 08, 2008

MUSIC: Song Of The Day - Halloween Edition (Oct 3): "Monster Mash" By Bobby "Boris" Pickett & The Crypt Kickers

You can't have a Halloween playlist without this song. It'd be like having a collection of Christmas tunes without Bing Crosby's "White Christmas"!

I actually have a few different versions of this song, including one by the horror-influenced punk band The Misfits, one by Mannheim Steamroller - known for their Christmas music, one by horror master Vincent Price, among others.

But none beat the original by Bobby "Boris" Pickett and The Crypt Kicker Five.

Tuesday, October 07, 2008

MUSIC: Song Of The Day - Halloween Edition (Oct 2): "Devil In My Car" By The B-52's

What can I say about this song? It's just fun and a blast!

MUSIC: Song Of The Day - Halloween Edition (Oct 1): "Welcome To My Nightmare" By Alice Cooper

This from me, not some reprinted material. - OlderMusicGeek

Well, this October, being the season and all... and me being the OlderMUSICGeek, I decided to email my friends, one song a day that I feel captures Halloween.

So I figured I'd also put them on my blog. I'll just use YouTube videos if I can.

The first is from the special Alice did the album, Welcome To My Nightmare. The second is from his Muppet Show appearance.

Is there a better song to start the Halloween season?

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