It’s time to get into the spirit (or let it get into you) for a spooky, scary Halloween. Or a werewolf bar mitzvah, your choice.
The Cramps were among the first bands to infuse punk, rockabilly, and horror themes into a truly menacing, subgenre now known as psychobilly. ‘Human Fly’ is a Cramps classic and an essential choice for anyone’s Halloween rock n’ roll mix, alongside Bobby Pickett’s ‘Monster Mash’ and the Misfits’ ‘Halloween.’ This Cramps song sounds like it’s coming deep from the egg of an actual fly. Both guitars sounds like buzzing wings, and Lux Interior’s deep, unsettling vocals will make you slap the air around you for no good reason.
Looking for a song for your Halloween playlist that is haunting, beautiful, and pretty damn spooky? Look no further. Florence + the Machine’s ‘Blinding’ begins with some ambience-setting eerie laughter and Poe-esque raven caws before Florence’s other-worldly voice starts, very beautifully, talking about some super creepy stuff. Evoking imagery of skulls, crows, and lightening, Florence makes metaphors with death, bodies, and different worlds. The lyrics can be interpreted a multitude of ways, but for this occasion, let’s go the literal route. Even if it is just background music during your Halloween party, Florence’s signature drum beats you can feel in your gut will help create the perfect mood.
You’d have to be crazy pants not to have Tom Waits on a Halloween playlist. And believe me, picking a Tom Waits song for this mix-tape was no easy task. What with tracks like ‘Goin Out West,’ ‘King Kong,’ and ‘Murder in a Red Barn,’ there were so many good options. But ‘I Don’t Wanna Grow Up’ with a music video directed by Jim Jarmusch, seemed perfectly apropos for the one holiday of the year when perfectly sane adults decide to relive their long-lost youth. If you have any sense about you, add this song (and the aforementioned tracks) to your 31 October list.