Thursday, October 29, 2009

Halloween Shuffle '09 - Part 2

I'm in the mood for some more spooky tunes...

Emerson, Lake & Palmer "Toccata"

Ok, the Giger album cover alone is enough to get this track on the list, but "Toccata" will always remind me of monster movies as it was the theme song for Channel 56's Creature Double Feature. Every Saturday afternoon, you could watch a pair of classics from Universal, Toho, and/or Roger Corman.

Mark Snow "Threnody in X"

I don't think it can be overstated that a large part of the success of The X-Files was due to composer Mark Snow. Week in and week out, he provided the audio atmosphere for some of the scariest moments on tv.

Bernard Hermann "The Murder"

Speaking of scary composers, I believe Bernard Hermann to be at the top of the list. I especially love his playful yet creepy work on The Trouble with Harry.

White Zombie "The One"

I think I've listened to this soundtrack more than any other of a movie I've never seen.

Danny Elfman "This Is Halloween"

Elfman also makes the list of scariest composers. And he's got the visual creep factor to go with the audio!

Charlie Daniels Band "The Devil Went Down to Georgia"

Practically the state theme song. Yes, the Devil did come here, though I'm not so sure he ever left. Ever seen the Muppet version?

The Cure "In Between Days"

For many Goths, every day is like Halloween without the treats. And Robert Smith wears almost as much make up as Gene Simmons.

Meatloaf "Bat out of Hell"

Most folks only know "Paradise by the Dashboard Light," but this whole album is a good listen. Not very scary, but good nonetheless.

Robert Rodriguez "His Prescription... Pain"

Robert Rodriguez's musical tribute to John Carpenter. For a couple of film directors, they are both very capable composers.

Oingo Boingo "No One Lives Forever"

If you ever have a Halloween party, this is the only album that you need.

That ends a random look at this year's sampling. Hope you have found just the right tune to get you in the mood. And if even one of these suggestions turns out to be an earworm, then the trick is on you!

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