1. There are two bands on this playlist that I really dislike. Bruce Springsteen is the first. Never was a fan, never will be. But, this little ditty -- "A Night with the New Jersey Devil" -- about the legendary NJ Devil doesn't sound like him at all, and I love it, probably because it sounds so unlike him! I also happen to think he looks better than I've ever seen him in this -- sinister is a good look for him! (This coming from one who doesn't find him attractive in the least.) Just realised he looks like he's emulating Robert Mitchum's psycho preacher in "The Night of the Hunter", excellent creepy movie (not horror, just really creepy.) Our local paper did a "top 10 film psychos" yesterday, and Robert Mitchum in this role was on there.
2. Concrete Blonde "Bloodletting", vampires and New Orleans, nothing more to be said.
3. Tom Waits "Whistlin' Past the Graveyard". The song is filled with folk magick superstitions, and Tom Waits does a brilliant job of making it sound eerie, while he's really talking about something entirely different. (Okay, Tom Waits can make anything sound eerie if he really wanted to, I adore him, and Blue Valentine -- which this is on -- is one of my fav albums.)
4. Inkkubus Sukubus "Belladonna and Aconite". Thank you to Sandy from Bella Morte for reminding me. I had meant to include this in the first playlist, but got sidetracked. Sung by a band of real Witches, any of their albums in their entirety would be appropriate as a Halloween playlist on their own. This one is about one recipe (of many) of the infamous "Flying Ointments" that go back to antiquity. Don't go trying to mix any up though, both belladonna (botanical name Atropa Belladonna) and aconite (commonly known as wolf's bane, botanical name Aconitum Napellus) are highly poisonous and quite commonly found, even in NYC! FYI: If you like to garden, work with herbs in any way, have plant allergies, have children, or just like picking wildflowers, I highly suggest you get a good book about herbs to educate yourself about poisonous plants as they are so easily found all over the world -- even as previously mentioned in someplace as unlikely as NYC. A great book is called "Wicked Plants: The Weed That Killed Lincoln's Mother and Other Botanical Atrocities" by Amy Stewart.
5. Laika "Black Cat Bone". I have Sandy from Bella Morte to thank for this one as well! I haven't been able to get the chorus out of my head since first hearing it!
6. Rush "Witch Hunt". This is the second band you will never find on the blog again. I'm posting this one under extreme duress, due to the fact that Getty Lee's voice is to me the most grating male voice I've ever heard. However, Neal Peart writes most of the lyrics and I will admit that the lyrics to this are very good, as well as very Halloween appropriate. Plus since its Halloween and our anniversary, I'm throwing my husband a bone as Rush is his favourite band. 22 years and I'm still wondering how I managed to marry a Rush fan. It really was love!
If Rush proves to be too much for you (it did for me, sorry honey!) here is Machine Head's cover, which is very good. No clue who they are... anyone?
7. The Ramones "Pet Cemetery", how I managed to not include this in the first list is a mystery!
8. Jimi Hendrix "Dolly Dagger", a classic! "Voodoo Child" would work as well. Had to put a live video even though the sound is iffy, there is nothing like watching Hendrix. (Side note: I had the honour & privilege of wearing one of his jackets for a short time once, and have spent many happy hours in his old apartment in the West Village, not to mention my first shop was above Electric Ladyland! Geez I gotta start writing this crap down before the memory goes!)
9. Fields of the Nephilim "Psychonaut". The title was taken from the book "Liber Null and Psychonaut" by Peter J. Carroll, a book about choas magick (see, told you in the beginning I was a child of Eris!) and magickal theory. A good portion of their songs have magickal themes, and this video is quite disconcerting, perfect for the season.
10. DeSol "Chango". This is from their first self-titled album. Their music has that great mixture of rock 'n roll with a Latin beat, like a modern version of Santana. (Its my "happy feet" music as I can't stay still and have to dance whenever I hear them.) They are fantastic live, at times there can be 15 or so band members on the stage at once, and I guarantee you will be up and dancing with the first notes! "Karma" would have been the more "witchy" song to play (a very beautiful song, do check it out); but I decided to mix it up with what is essentially a Yoruba ritual song, conjuring Chango the Yoruban god.
12. Alice Cooper, "Black Juju" off Love it to Death. No idea what the hell he's talking about in the beginning as I'm pretty sure Dennis Dunaway wrote this, could be out of context. Another song that reminds me of some wild ritual music. Did they borrow "Old Sparky" from Sing Sing? :shudder: (Trivia: Donovan sang back-up on Billion Dollar Babies.) After seeing all these old videos, how funny is it to see cords on guitars and mics? And oh! those guitars and outfits in this video are so classic glam!
13. The new release from the Rolling Stones is not typically "Halloween" music, but the title is "Gloom and Doom" and Mick does mention killing zombies (oh man I hate zombies... wait until you see my zombie post, I've lost it...) I quite like it, as it sounds like old school Stones to me.
I can think of a ton of others to add, but two playlists is all you're getting this year!