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Any Major Halloween Vol. 1

October 23rd, 2014 Leave a comment Go to comments


A few years ago I posted a couple of Halloween mixes. Neither exists any longer, so it seems good to revisit the project. So, for this Halloween, the first new mix.

There are spooky and unnerving songs– The kind of stuff that might freak out Bart, Lisa and Milhouse in their treehouse — as well as a few more light-hearted novelty tracks, and a pretty funny comedy song by a young Jimmy Fallon. None of them are The Monster Mash.

One artist features twice: Dr John with 1968’s unsettling Gris-Gris Gumbo Ya Ya, and nine years before that as Morgus & The 3 Ghouls, riffing on a popular TV character of the time.

Stan Ridgway‘s Camouflage is as spooky a song as they come with the story of a ghostly soldier in battle; Warren Zevon has a similar theme, with some politics thrown into the stew for good measure.

For a truly sad tale, read the tragic story of Jackson C Frank, who was produced in the mid-’60s by Paul Simon and went on to influence artists such as Nick Drake and his ex-girlfriend Sandy Denny. He might well be the most luckless man ever in music history.

As always, the mix is timed to fit on a standard CD-R and includes home-scared covers. PW in comments.

1. The Go! Team – Phantom Broadcast (2005)
2. Rob Zombie feat. The Ghastly Ones – Halloween (1998)
3. The Pogues – Turkish Song Of The Damned (1988)
4. Tony Joe White – They Caught The Devil And Put Him In Jail In Eudora, Arkansas (1971)
5. Dr John – Gris-Gris Gumbo Ya Ya (1968)
6. The Box Tops – I Must Be The Devil (1969)
7. Donovan – Wild Witch Lady (1973)
8. The Who – Dr. Jekyll & Mr. Hyde (1968)
9. Fleetwood Mac – The Green Manalishi (1970)
10. Golden Earring – The Devil Made Me Do It (1982)
11. Squirrel Nut Zippers – Hell (1996)
12. Sam the Sham – Haunted House (1964)
13. The Duponts – Screamin’ Ball (At Dracula Hall) (1958)
14. Soupy Sales – My Baby’s Got A Crush On Frankenstein (1962)
15. Big Bopper – Purple People Eater Meets The Witch Doctor (1958)
16. Morgus & The 3 Ghouls – Morgus The Magnificent (1959)
17. The Moon-Rays – Blues For Vampira (2004)
18. Hoodoo Gurus – Hayride To Hell (1985)
19. Stan Ridgway – Camouflage (1986)
20. Warren Zevon – Roland The Headless Thompson Gunner (1978)
21. Jackson C Frank – Halloween Is Black As Night (1960s)
22. Tim Curry – Anything Can Happen On Halloween (1986)
23. Nancy Dupree – Fankenstein (1970)
24. Jimmy Fallon – Happy Halloween (1998)


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  1. halfhearteddude
    October 23rd, 2014 at 07:14 | #1

    PW – amdwhah

  2. Freddie Jaye
    October 23rd, 2014 at 14:29 | #2

    Thanks for the share!

  3. Flashman
    October 24th, 2014 at 08:31 | #3

    Always thought Phantom 309 by Tom Waits was kinda spooky!

  4. dogbreath
    October 24th, 2014 at 13:06 | #4

    Plenty of ones new to me to check out so many thanks for the mix. Pumpkin pie here I come!

  5. halfhearteddude
    October 24th, 2014 at 22:30 | #5

    Phantom 309 is a great call. But Waits’ trawls the Internet to DMCA the shit out of anyone posting his growly music. Van Morrison and Prince are two others of that kind.

  6. Risser
    October 25th, 2014 at 04:24 | #6

    You could always go with the original by Red Sovine. Yeah, he’s trawling the internets to pull posts of his cover of someone else’s song.

  7. halfhearteddude
    October 25th, 2014 at 11:22 | #7

    If anybody wants Sovine’s original, they can get it in the History of Country Vol. 11 mix:


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