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Still working on the Lost recap--I was having really bad problems with my eyes hurting yesterday, so it's taking a while. In the meantime, I've put together a selection of Halloween-themed (or in some way appropriate) songs, inspired by Dr. Typo's playlist at the pumpkin-carving party. (After each song entry, just mentally append "Well, I thought it fit..." It'll save me a lot of repetitive typing.) My original thought was to put together zip files of songs, but the internets wouldn't stay up long enough to upload them, so I ended up having to upload the songs individually. What I'm saying is, if you see some reference to a zip file, that's what I was talking about, and apparently missed changing it. Here's part one, as I'm still painstakingly uploading the songs from the other three categories.



Vampires

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Alan Silvestri, "Transylvania 1887," Van Helsing. Dundundundundundundun DUN DUH! DUN DUH!! DUN DUH DUN DUH DUN DUHHHH!!!!*

Alan Silvestri, "Journey to Transylvania," Van Helsing. Reminds me a little bit of a track we'll get to later--apparently I have a thing for jangly tracks on movie scores. The same jangliness (acoustic guitar? I'm not good with musical instruments) is at the beginning of "Transylvanian Horses," which I would have included except that it devolves into overblown action music that even I would be ashamed to have playing at a Halloween party. So I include this track instead, which has all of the good and none of the shame.

Def Leppard, "Love Bites." Of course it does.

Gerard McMann, "Cry Little Sister (Theme From The Lost Boys)." Ah, cheesy '80s rock, synthesizers and children's choirs and all.

Echo and the Bunnymen, "People Are Strange." Used near the beginning of the same movie, but a much, much better song.

Guns n' Roses, "Sympathy for the Devil." Look, I'm not proud of this, but I don't have the original Stones version, and this was used at the end of Interview with the Vampire.

"Main Title Storm Sequence," Dracula. This would be the cheesetastic 1978 Frank Langella Dracula.* I saw it about a month before Bram Stoker's Dracula came out in theaters (1992) because all the cable channels, naturally, went crazy-go-vampire-nuts. I was thirteen, and I don't think I was ever the same afterwards. Oh, and the main theme is great.

New Order, "Dracula's Castle." "But you came in the night and took my heart / to Dracula's castle, in the dark." That is the extent of the vampire content of the song. The line isn't even repeated. Given New Order's song-titling conventions, though, we're probably lucky it was even mentioned at all. It's one of my favorite New Order songs anyway.

The Pretenders, "Night in My Veins." I got both the album (I forget the name, but it's the one that also has "I'll Stand by You" on it) and Anne Rice's Interview with the Vampire for my sixteenth (I think?) birthday, and thus I have associated the book and the song ever since. The song isn't about vampires; it's about a one-night stand, basically, and is one of my top favorite songs ever just because it has so much verve. But here's the thing: the vampires/veins thing didn't occur to me until yesterday. More than ten years of associating these two things, and it never occurred to me.

Wojciech Kilar, "The Hunt Builds," Bram Stoker's Dracula. I hadn't listened to this CD in years, and I was kind of surprised when this track quickly became my new favorite, probably because it's this urgent blend of the hunter theme and the Mina theme, used in Lucy's Bedroom of Blood death scene.

Annie Lennox, "Love Song For A Vampire," Bram Stoker's Dracula. Ran over the end credits of the movie. It's a very... weird song. I can't really explain it any better than that. It's not the kind of thing mainstream radio would ever play, nor would you want them to. I mean, what's that in the beginning--some kind of high-pitched organ? A synthesizer? That only plays one beat over and over? It's almost a relief when the Dark Melodrama kicks in midway through.


Werewolves and Zombies

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These got put together because "Thriller" has both, and is pretty much a mandatory Halloween staple. The version presented here is apparently from a remastered 2001 edition of the album (the kind of quality you've come to expect from this journal, might I add). I actually remember the year the video came out, because it debuted with a twenty- or thirty-minute making-of featurette that they showed on TV, and my parents let me watch it with them. Let's put it this way: given the house we were living at the time, I had to be at least four years old. Surely the ripe old age of four is old enough for "Thriller," right? Right?

P.S. Vincent Price makes the entire song. It is nothing without him.

Bush, "Mouth." Ah, the late '90s. I think this song is best known as being used in An American Werewolf in Paris (or at least in the ubiquitous commercials; I never saw any need to actually watch the movie). Speaking of Paris...

Patrick Wolf, "Paris." More to the point, it's off his album Lycanthropy. The song has a really nice, unhinged mix of violins (fiddles? I don't know), "Parisian" accordion, grinding guitars, and Wolf howling.

Dario Marianelli, "Red Riding Hood," The Brothers Grimm. I think you can even hear walking-through-the-forest effects. This is the same guy who did the Pride and Prejudice and V for Vendetta soundtracks, by the way.

Echo and the Bunnymen, "The Killing Moon." Only tangentially related to werewolves, if at all--the moon thing, see. It could just as easily go in "Psychopaths" or "General Menace" or what-have-you. It doesn't matter where it goes, because it's a fantastic song. If I recall correctly, it was also used in Donnie Darko.

Warren Zevon, "Werewolves of London." Come on, you can't not include this one.

The Zombies, "Time of the Season." Yes, it got in just because of the name of the band. But but but it is also a weirdly eerie song in its own right. "What's your name? Who's your daddy? Is he rich like me?" What?


Ghosts and Demons

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Brian Tyler & Klaus Badelt, "Constantine (Suite)" and "Meet John Constantine." Basically, all the major themes from the Constantine score in one track, but my favorite theme is the shadowy, pulsing riff near the beginning--this is the one that reminds me of the janglier guitar in the Van Helsing track, for some reason, so I've included that theme's track, "Meet John Constantine," as a separate mp3 if it strikes your fancy. And while we're here: you may recognize Badelt's name from the first Pirates of the Caribbean soundtrack.

The Eagles, "Hotel California," Unplugged. I don't know that I have the original version, and I kind of wish I did. This is a really mellow, acoustic (obviously) version that hit heavy rotation on radio and MTV after the Unplugged show itself aired.

INXS, "Devil Inside." Man, this is such a great song. If you don't have it, you need it. I remember being particularly fond of it when I was about seven or eight years old; I'd sit there on the floor listening to the radio and playing with My Little Ponies, waiting for it to come on. Yeah, I was a strange child.

Jerry Goldsmith, "Ave Satani," The Omen. I spent two days looking for this, and I was kind of disappointed when I found it. This is the famous choral chant from the Omen soundtrack, but I remembered it being a longer, more involved and dramatic piece. Maybe there's a longer version later in the soundtrack that I'm thinking of, but it was hard enough to get hold of this one, so I've had no luck, uh, acquiring the rest of it so far.

Poe, "Haunted (edit)." This is from the album Haunted, which was written as a companion piece to her brother's book House of Leaves. The mp3 presented here has been personally edited because the recordings of the Danielewskis' late father at the end just weird me out too bad. It also flows more smoothly into the rest of a playlist this way.

Poe, "Wild (edit)." Edited for the same reason. Probably my favorite Poe song, included here as a companion to "Haunted." Surprisingly dancy, verging on techno.

Squirrel Nut Zippers, "Hell." Well, it seemed like good party music.


Psychopaths

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The Beatles, "Helter Skelter." Notable, if nothing else, for its connection to Charles Manson.

Bobby Darrin, "Mack The Knife." A smooth classic that doesn't really seem all that creepy until you listen to the lyrics.

Brodwyn, "Ode From A Psychopath." Unexpectedly light, feminine, and chirpy. I include it nonetheless.

Danny Elfman, "Main Titles," Red Dragon. A lot of Danny Elfman music sounds the same (and wonderfully so; don't get me wrong), and this track's no different, but somehow the same-old same-old is amped up here into something really angry and scary.

Jonathan Coulton, "Skullcrusher Mountain." A slightly country-tinged (it is! Listen to the background!) love song from a mad scientist to the terrified object of his affections. Chorus: "If you could find some way to be / A little bit less afraid of me / You’d see the voices that control me from inside my head / Say I shouldn’t kill you... yet."

(I made this half-pony half-monkey monster to please you
But I get the feeling that you don’t like it
What’s with all the screaming?
You like monkeys, you like ponies
Maybe you don’t like monsters so much
Maybe I used too many monkeys
Isn’t it enough to know that I ruined a pony making a gift for you?
)

Nick Cave, "Red Right Hand." You'll recognize it as soon as it starts playing--it's been used in countless horror movies, although Scream is the one that comes to mind just now.

Pearl Jam, "Once." I don't know exactly what's going on here, but it always sounded to me like it was piped straight out from a serial killer's brain. I don't know what it says about me that this is probably my favorite song on the CD.

Sarah McLachlan, "Possession." It's one of my favorite songs anyway, but the song gains a whole new dimension if you know the story behind it. Listen to it as a woman reading her stalker's letters aloud--or even as a woman writing stalker letters to someone else--and you'll see what I mean.

Voltaire, "When You're Evil." The chorus gets a bit repetitive, but hey, it made me laugh.

ETA: If you want to recommend additional songs, upload 'em to yousendit.com, comment here, and I can post the link.


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Another for the vampire list: Vampires in Love, by the Misfits.

Oh, and werewolves: Full Moon, Sonata Arctica :D

Represent the Zombies, what what.

Are you taking recommendations? I'm actually listening to a song right now that kind of fits the Halloween theme, Joker and the Thief by Wolfmother, although I'm not sure what category it'd be under, haha. Psychopaths, I guess.

If you upload it, I can share the link. : )

I'm so coming back for a ton of these later. You are awesome for providing me with free music.

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I took Thriller and Ave Santani (which is one of my favorite choral songs anywhere, ever, of all time. Which is saying a lot coming from a classical singer). Thank you, Cleo!

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I have a few (three, I think?) rather unusual folky songs that are appropriate to the theme, if you're interested.

Oooh...I want them all. Why, god, why must I be cursed with dial-up? Oh well, if I'm lucky I might be able to get one of them. Maybe I can press someone into fetching them for me. Great list, thanks for sharing!

Brilliant list! Thank you so much for sharing these. I really like how you've thrown in a few that just don't quite seem to fit, until you really think about them. :)

Also, I will upload it to yousendit when I get home tonight (cuz I don't have the CD with me here at work) - but the Toadies, "Possum Kingdom" is a lovely song for the Psychopath category.

Awooooooooooo! Werewolves of London!

Yarha, Give a Woot, Don't Compute

One of the most fabulous songs ever:

I'm a Vampire - Future Bible Heroes

These are GREAT. Especially the Frank Langella Dracula!!!!!:)

Thanks so much for posting this! My friends put me in charge of making mixes for their halloween party this weekend and this will be really useful. Also, I love that you included Skullcrusher Mountain - one of my favorite songs *ever*.

Patrick Wolf! Love! Maybe have the Childcatcher in there, too?

the Bonzo Dog Band- Look Out, There's a Monster Coming! (and Monster Mash, thoguh I don't have it on the computer.)

Sufjan Stevens- John Wayne Gacy Jr.?

Is sendspace okay?

Sendspace is fine. I think that's the only Patrick Wolf song I have, though.

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Ah, this is lovely! I've been so inspired to plunder my music library now. If more songs come to mind, I'll let you know, but I immediately thought of O Fortuna (from Carl Orff's Carmina Burana). Sure it's a cliche, but a fun cliche. Right? ...right?

Anyway, YSI link: http://www.yousendit.com/download/aRZUdlOMQa8%3D

Thank you so much for these. I'm having such a nice afternoon now.

I actually had that in line for part two, and now I don't have to upload it myself! Yay!

Thanks for sharing these!