*Please note not in order of importance, only how I happened to run across them in my iTunes library and found youtube links.
**I'm so sorry, when I originally wrote and tested the links, the songs all played on the blog. Now many are saying you have to watch on youtube due to restrictions. I apologise for that, but will also say it'll be worth it if you do!
***After I published the post it seems all the videos are playing fine, so no need to go to youtube!
1. "Put A Spell on You" by various artists. The original by Screamin' Jay Hawkins is a classic. I chose this one because it was put together as a charity effort to help with Haiti after the earthquake, but also I like the different voices mixing and mingling.
2. "Lullaby" by The Cure. If you have arachnophobia skip this one! (SO not a lullaby, google the lyrics... creepy and I LOVE spiders!) Don't you love that Robert Smith goes to bed with a full face of makeup?
3. "This is Halloween" from Nightmare Before Christmas, covered by Marilyn Manson. I love how he sang this so much that I wish it was on the original soundtrack!
4. "Goo Goo Muck" by The Cramps. Classic Cramps in a classic venue (CBGB's '81) during an amazing time to be around the music scene. I'm sure I'm in the crowd, I never missed a Cramps show! (I miss Lux ): )
5."Mommy Can I go Out and Kill Tonight?" by The Misfits. "Halloween" was too predictable, and I like the creepiness of this. Its live so the sound isn't so clear, but you can find loads of studio versions on youtube. Sorry, you're subjected to watching them live here! (Really the only way to hear the Misfits.)
6. "O'Malley's Bar" by Nick Cave and the Bad Seeds. A grisly tale from the "Murder Ballads" album. Actually that whole album is a great macabre Halloween choice.
7. "Spellbound" by Siouxie and the Banshees. Siouxie is always great for Halloween!
8. "The Forest Theme" by Jarboe and Kris Force. I was turned on to this gruesome little song by the Punk Glam Princess. Its the theme song to the video game "The Path". Long but the end is particularly terrifying! (Google the lyrics, such a sweet angelic voice singing of such a menacing tale, perfect for Halloween! Guess who has a new Halloween ringtone... I cant wait until it goes off someplace inappropriately... so mature eh?)
9. "Right Where it Belongs" by NIN. Not an outright Halloween type song, but listen to the lyrics, they can be quite disconcerting, and I don't suggest listening to this if you're felling the least bit blue. Personally, the lyrics and music really speak to me -- I've often felt it was something I could've written years ago and used as the soundtrack of my life at various times (the happy, interesting parts of my life -- interesting, as most find it quite depressing.) But for many it will bring up deep seated, frightening feelings and thoughts. Perfect for Halloween, don't you think? Okay honestly "Right Where it Belongs" is a total mindfuck, non?
10. "Mr. Crowley" by Ozzy Osbourne. I will forgive Ozzy for pronouncing Crowley's name incorrectly, because the song kicks ass!
11. "Dragula" by Rob Zombie. As fun as this video is, he was amazing live back when I saw him play his first CBGB's gig a gazillion years ago!
12. "Bad Things" by Jace Everett, theme to "True Blood" series. The first time I heard this when the opening credits for the first episode of True Blood came on, I flipped. I'm not a country music fan (only use it for exorcisms), but I think the rockabilly sound of it is why I like it so much. Okay and I can't resist a song where someone howls like an animal. Rather than show what everyone is used to seeing, I elected to show you the original video.
So there you have my "Witches Dozen" of songs to get you inspired for Halloween. What would you add? I'd love to hear!