Halloween Music Mix, 2012

Of course you knew this was a-comin’. Of course you did.

Let me go one step beyond, so to say, though: of all the Halloween Music Mixes I’ve done, I’ve never thought of one as being as good as this one. Really. This one’s my favorite.

A few credits need to go out, especially to a turntable DJ named UncleJim who managed to turn me onto some fan-damn-tastic and great Halloween tunes. Not all of them fit the spirit (haha, Halloween puns) of this year’s mix, but at some point in some mix, I’ll absolutely make room for Rosemary Clooney’s “Wobblin Goblin” or Patsy Montana’s “Yodeling Ghost” (seriously, now you’re dying to find out what a song sung by Patsy Montana called “Yodeling Ghost” sounds like, aren’t you?)

Another thing: there’s only one repeat here from past mixes that I’m aware of: back in 2002 I made a CD-only mix that had a certain Bunnymen song on it. I’m pretty sure that’s the only time I used it. This year I planned to use Grant Lee Phillips’s acoustic, folky version of that song…but as I listened, it just didn’t fit or really work. I wanted Ian McCullough’s over-the-falls vocal and Will Sergeant’s reverby guitar and missed them greatly. So. Original version is back, but probably a first for most folks reading this.

Now, there are two covers of songs I’ve used in the past. One is at least as good as the Donovan original that I’ve nicked previously (no spoilers, but seriously, if I told you what the cover was and you hadn’t heard it yet, you’d be all “That’s gonna suck, dude”; I’m here to tell you that not only does this unlikely cover work, but it kicks ass nine ways to Sunday). The other cover I have come to believe is far superior to the goofy, almost uncomfortably minstrel-show-sounding original. I’ve used that original, and even a Nina Simone cover, but honestly this is one blues number where the angry hippie from San Francisco does the angriest and most-frightening and unhinged version. Plus, I love Creedence….(more Halloween references for the win!)

For bonus points, this year’s mix also has a Holland/Dozier/Holland song (see if you can spot it!) as well as a Joe Meek production. We’re nothing at Popnarcotic.com if not a little bit aware of our hip forebears. Also, yes, I know that given the untimely demise of Broadcast’s lead singer that one particular track is a little…ookie. I prefer “eerie” here to “inappropriate”.

Enough of my yakking. Here’s the mix, all stitched together like a 71-minute podcast in 192 kb mp3 glory, with all tracks mixed and normalized to maintain fidelity and volume consistency. As ever, I strongly urge you to just listen at least once without checking the track list. It’s more fun that way.

Also this year a warning, since I’ve heard from some of you that you play these mixes in the car with kids or when handing out treats on the 31st: The very end of the very last song on the mix has pretty clear NSFW language; it’s a lyric that quotes a pretty famous movie, and it’s fleeting before the fadeout, but it’s there. Just fair warning–if kids or bosses or moms are actively listening, probably best to hit skip when the Lambs get all Silent.

Let’s get to some music!
O Pitié Dracula! (Halloween Music Mix, 2012)

Track list:

tracks of scary death!

[spoiler]

  1. Billy Taylor “Wombie Zombie”
  2. Cavemen “Vampirer”
  3. Rockwell “Someone’s Watching Me”
  4. Christine Pilzer “Dracula”
  5. Superdrag “Do The Vampire”
  6. The Gothic Archies “Scream And Run Away”
  7. Lou Rawls “Season Of The Witch”
  8. Jackie Morningstar “Rockin’ In The Graveyard”
    10.Broadcast and The Focus Group “Seancing Song”
    11.Portishead “Over”
    12.Chet Baker “That Old Devil Moon”
    13.The Moontrekkers “Night Of The Vampire”
    14.R. Dean Taylor “There’s A Ghost In My House”
    15.Echo & The Bunnymen, “The Killing Moon”
    16.The Fall “I’m A Mummy”
    17.The Soft Boys, “Strange”
    18.The Chameleons U.K. “Swamp Thing”
    19.The Tombstones “Black Cat”
    20.Creedence Clearwater Revival “I Put A Spell On You”
    21.Don Bishop “Nightmare”
    22.The Greenskeepers “Lotion”[/spoiler]

Hurry up, Amelia! Finish your damn homework! I want to blast this all through the house A.S.A.P!

Note well the parental warning for the end of the mix. Just sayin’!

Her: “Is this the same guy who makes the holiday mixes?”
Me: “Yes.”
"Her: “Good. Last year’s holiday mix was awesome.”

Gravest Din-din!

Soon after this, the living room rug was cut during a big ol’ Rockwell dance party.

Cutest.

Thing.

Ever.

That’s awesome Rob! Thanks for sharing.

Hopefully the Broadcast song didn’t creep everyone out and crash the vibe. That’s the one song on this list that is just…unsettling…like if you were spending the night by yourself in a supposedly-“haunted house”, that’s the one album you sure as hell wouldn’t want to listen to.

Faaan-tastic. This will be getting many plays over the next week.

I’m up way too late now, but I’ll be introducing this to the fam tomorrow.

We’re carving jack-o-lanterns and listening to the mix while outside, the trees are bending in the heavy wind and rain. SPOOOOOOKY.

Thanks again!

mmmm, Portishead —> Chet Baker

Witch Doctor - not David Seville
Haunted House - not the guy from Kiss

And NOT the Screamin’ Jay Hawkins version? Really?

Really. Screamin’ Jay is kinda overrated, and his version of “Spell On You” is pretty awful compared to CCR’s cover.

It’s Screamin’ Jay Hawkins and he’s a wild man, so bug off.

Or would you rather have some Frankie “Half-pint” Jaxon?

Here’s an abstract experimental horror soundtrack mix I made a few years back. Posted online last year.

Great mix, triggercut. The wife and I have been using it to accompany our assembly of a 4000 piece puzzle, and it (along with your previous years) will be the soundtrack our trick-or-treaters will hear if they come to our door.

Thanks for a great mix, Triggercut.

My wife is Canadian and really misses all the trappings of Halloween. It’s not such a big deal here in UK. So she’s been carving pumpkins and helping our daughter dress up while listening to the mix.

The French 60ies song was unexpected. I’m a native French speaker and didn’t know it. :)

Wendelius

I love that song.

Since you’re a native speaker, can you clarify for me and my 3 years of college French that “O pitié Dracula” translates as something like “Have mercy Dracula!” or “O, mercy Dracula!” I think that’s the right translation, but my francais is not what it once was.

Indeed it does. It is a plea for mercy.

Wendelius

Ah, cool. Not sure which was sexier in my mind, the singer begging Dracula for mercy, or holding his head in her lap, stroking his cheek and saying “Poor, poor Dracula.”

Glad you’re enjoying it!

Oooo, trigger, just waiting for you to do one of these again.

Check out this list, from a fellow on Metafilter. He calls it “Music From Beyond”…I call it “Music you may have heard while in the waiting room in the Afterlife scene of Beetlejuice.”

I’ve got a playlist of my own, but due to Spotify’s weird ass RNG, it seems to always hit on the Rocky Horror or Nightmare Before Christmas songs.