Halloween Music Mix for 2011

Yep, that time of year again! There’s nothing I enjoy more than the good ol’ fashioned creepy fun of doing a Halloween music thing, and this year’s version is a corker. Every song in the mix is a new one for this annual endeavor, and if I can drop any veil of modesty for a sec…this sucker delivers. Before you ask…

“Wait, how can you do a Halloween music mix without…”

As always, there’s no Ozzy. A surprising dearth of Danzig. Not one tiny bit of Danny Elfman or Bauhaus. I’m not saying that I don’t dig those folks: I do. What I am saying is that there are going to be hundreds, if not thousands of music mixes out there that will have all those folks represented to the point of overexposure. Blame it on my crippling weakness for the road less traveled, and as such that’s the route this mix takes.

“But dude, what about…”

There are plenty of cool, great songs out there that fit but aren’t on this mix, and the reason might be that I’ve been doing these sorts of mixes for years now and this year I was determined for there not to be any repeat songs from previous years. As such, if you’re looking for something obvious that’s missing, it could be because I used it on another mix…or perhaps I’m just dense. Always looking for selections for next years mix!

“Couldn’t you just do a whole mix of kick ass metal/goth/garage/chiptunes for this?”

I could, but I’ve got better taste than that. As it is, we sort of dabble in a lot of genres here. Except chiptunes. Seriously, if your idea of inducing Halloween party behavior is to put on the original 8-bit Castlevania theme, you’re either too far gone down Nerd Road…or too inundated with hopeless hipsters to be worth saving.

Without any more ado…

ZOMBIE DANCE PARTY! (Halloween Music Mix, 2011)

Track list:

  1. “Do Not Adjust Your Set”
  2. Ronnie Dawson, “Rockin’ In The Cemetery”
  3. Otis Redding, “Trick Or Treat”
  4. Tishamingo, “Devil’s Love Song”
  5. The Grip Weeds, “Haunted”
  6. Eyes, “When The Night Comes”
  7. ELO, “Evil Woman”
  8. Ariel Pink’s Haunted Grafitti, “Frigh Night (Nevermore)”
  9. The Talking Heads, “Psycho Killer”
    10.Patsy Cline “Walking After Midnight”
    11.Donovan, “Season Of The Witch”
    12.Ladytron, “Ghosts”
    13.The Reverend Horton Heat, “The Halloween Dance”
    14.The Boy Least Likely To, “Monsters”
    15.Robyn Hitchcock & The Venus 3, “Ole! Tarantula”
    16.Imelda May, “Psycho”
    17.Band Of Horses, “Is There A Ghost?”
    18.The Yardbirds, “Evil Hearted You”
    19.Tegan And Sara, “Walking With A Ghost”
  10. L7 “Pretend We’re Dead”
    21.Tito & Tarantula, “After Dark”
    22.The Cramps, “Rockin’ Bones”
    23.James Carr, “The Dark End Of The Street”
    24.Stephen Lynch, “A Month Dead”[/spoiler]

(As always, one long mp3, about 75 minutes or so of spooky safe for work and kids music.)

(Word of fair warning: not responsible for spontaneous Twist-ing caused by Ronnie Dawson; if you’re listening at work in a cubicle where people may point and stare, plan accordingly.)

Now we just need a kind soul with better search-fu than me to link to previous years mixes.

I’ll try to post them up. The old links are likely to be dead anyway.

Without having googled prior lists and/or meeting special criteria, there’s a good number of QOTSA songs that fit comfortably into the average halloween mix. Song for the Dead, Song for the Deaf, Burn the Witch, etc.


Nah, I’m kidding. That’s hilarious Robyn Hitchcock pick, trigger!

ELO, really?

Why not, say, Alice Cooper’s “I Love the Dead?”

Because Alice Cooper tries too hard, that’s why.

Thanks, sir!

The 2010 mix link still works.

2009 and 2008 don’t.

I’ve posted the 5 mixes from 2007-2010 (which includes the ridiculousness of doing two for 2009; never again!)

That should give everyone 7 1/2 hours of Halloween-themed music with maybe just a couple of repeats, if any.

Enjoy, and Happy Halloween!

Awesome! Thanks!