31 Days Of Horror 2016: Pump Up The Jam

Many people associate Halloween with horror movies, but what about music? Sure, Disney’s Chilling, Thrilling Sounds of the Haunted House album is fun, but you can’t dance to it at a party.

Back in the days of LiveJournal, one of my online pals (a.k.a. MC 5 Hour Boner) sent me a CD featuring seven hours of Halloween-themed MP3s. Some of the tracks were only loosely connected to Halloween (such as Sparks’ “Eaten By the Monster of Love”) while others were Halloween party time personified (like Michael Jackson’s “Thriller”).

Over the past 15 years, I’ve taken my faves from that original track list and added my own selections. I created a short version of the mix that I burned on CD for friends and family, but the advent of the iPod meant that I could let my macabre mix-making skills run as wild as the Walkers on a certain cable television show.

Some songs have stayed (I have MC 5 Hour Boner to thank for introducing me to the wonders of The Misfits) while others have come and gone (that atmospheric haunted house CD I’d included at one point was fun but went on for way too long and was a bit of a party downer).

The current iteration of the mix spans a little over four and a half hours and includes 77 tracks. There’s a wide variety: classic horror movie music, spooky film scores, old-school Goth, weirdo industrial/experimental stuff, Disney tunes, death rock, campy rockabilly tracks, creepy covers, punk rock, post-punk, pop tunes, and witch house, plus a couple of fun spoken word bits from Elvira, Mistress of the Dark.

I’ve provided YouTube links where available. Otherwise, many of these tracks can probably be found on Spotify, iTunes, or Halloween mix CDs, so happy haunting, I mean, hunting!

1. Foetus Interruptus, “Asbestos”
2. Friday The 13th Part 2 Theme”
3. Wojciech Kilar, “The Hunters Prelude” (Bram Stoker’s Dracula)
4. John Carpenter, “Theme from Halloween
5. Goblin, “Suspiria”
6. Umberto, “Temple Room”
7. Foetus, “Lilith”
8. Bernard Herrmann, “Theme from Psycho
9. Hans Zimmer & James Newton Howard, “Always A Catch” (The Dark Knight)
10. COIL, “The Pope Held Upside Down”
11. Siouxsie & The Banshees, “Spellbound”
12. Bauhaus, “The Sanity Assassin”
13. Tones On Tail, “Christian Says”
14. The Ghastly Ones, “Attack of Robot Atomico”
15. The Subsonics, “Frankenstein”
16. The Cramps, “I Was A Teenage Werewolf”
17. The Rocky Horror Picture Show Soundtrack, “Science Fiction/Double Feature”
18. Elvira, “Introduction”
19. Michael Jackson, “Thriller”
20. Bobby “Boris” Pickett, “Monster Mash”
21. John Buzon Trio, “Mr. Ghost Goes to Town”
22. Disney, “Grim Grinning Ghosts”
23. The Five Blobs, “The Blob”
24. Victor Mizzy, “The Addams Family: Main Theme”
25. Screamin Jay Hawkins, “Little Demon”
26. Bobby “Boris” Pickett, “The Werewolf Watusi”
27. Sam the Sham & the Pharaohs, “Haunted House”
28. Los Straitjackets, “The Munsters Theme”
29. The Bomboras, “A Fistful of Terror”
30. The Woggles, “Zombie Stomp”
31. The Revillos, “She’s Fallen in Love With a Monster Man”
32. The Ramones, “Texas Chainsaw Massacre”
33. Sparks, “Eaten by the Monster of Love”
34. The Swingin’ Neckbreakers, “No Costume, No Candy”
35. The Misfits, “Skulls”
36. 45 Grave, “Partytime (Zombie Version)” (Return Of The Living Dead)
37. The Damned, “Grimly Fiendish”
38. Bobby “Boris” Pickett, “The Monster Swim”
39. Elvira, “Outro”
40. The Misfits, “Last Caress”
41. Dead Kennedys, “Holiday in Cambodia”
42. The Beatles, “Helter Skelter”
43. Foetus, “Baphomet”
44. Siouxsie & The Banshees, “Into The Light”
45. John Murphy, “In The House In A Heartbeat” (28 Days Later)
46. Ghost, “Nocturnal Me”
47. Severed Heads, “Godsong”
48. Goblin, “Witch”
49. COIL, “Homage To Sewage”
50. Demdike Stare, “Hashshashin Chant”
51. Hans Zimmer & James Newton Howard, “Watch The World Burn” (The Dark Knight)
52. Tones On Tail, “Burning Skies”
53. Deadbolt, “Psychic Voodoo Doll”
54. The Three Suns, “Haunted Guitar”
55. The Cramps, “Human Fly”
56. Southern Culture on the Skids, “Werewolf”
57. The Ghastly Ones, “The Ghastly Stomp (Everybody’s Doin’)”
58. Rocket from the Crypt, “I Drink Blood”
59. Danzig, “Mother”
60. Dead Kennedys, “Halloween”
61. The Ramones, “Pet Sematary”
62. David Bowie, “Scary Monsters (and Super Creeps)”
63. Japan, “Halloween”
64. Severed Heads, “Dead Eyes Opened”
65. Steve Moore, “Intro and Credits” (Cub)
66. Victrola, “Maritime Tatami”
67. Q Lazarus, “Goodbye Horses”
68. Electric Six, “White Eyes”
69. Ladytron, “Evil”
70. Fabio Frizzi, “Theme from Zombi 2
71. PowwowW, “Secret Black”
72. DKMD, “Mirrorball Massacre”
73. Dali’s Car, “Cornwall Stone”
74. Tones On Tail, “Twist”
75. Clint Ruin and Lydia Lunch, “Don’t Fear the Reaper”
76. The Misfits, “Die, Die My Darling”
77. Siouxsie & The Banshees, “Halloween”

One Reply to “31 Days Of Horror 2016: Pump Up The Jam”

  1. Very nice list, though I would like to add a few suggestions: “Lotion” by the Greenskeepers ( https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Jm86I_kezVY&list=PLGprPB7JfzyeNaeOiX73Wjim6sbtnVEqq&index=1 ), Jonathan Coulton’s “Re: Your Brains” ( https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Snb_rkKpIFw&index=2&list=PLGprPB7JfzyeNaeOiX73Wjim6sbtnVEqq ) and “Creepy Doll” ( https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Pfojf0KkTrQ&list=PLGprPB7JfzyeNaeOiX73Wjim6sbtnVEqq&index=6 ) Mick Smiley’s “Magic” (keep listening, the second half is the iconic part https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=66WxgHIXp6M&index=3&list=PLGprPB7JfzyeNaeOiX73Wjim6sbtnVEqq ), SCOTS’ “Undertaker” (or pretty much anything from the Zombified album https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=dnk38oyL_Us&index=2&list=PLaCYtyj3jViHDHrULdE2_j741VXaXn29G ) The Flaming Banshee’s “Skeleton Cabaret” ( https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=BEJNuFdaHBg&list=PLGprPB7Jfzye4r1618PlnCeRGaTj0Cnj3&index=4 ) Inkubus Sukkubus’ “Beladonna and Aconite” ( https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=l3XgkhDfpeo&index=1&list=PLGprPB7JfzyeQ4siH7tWNpFh_5h12f-hX ) “Willow’s Song” from The Wicker Man (either the original or the Faith and the Muse cover https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=5KNCoUvuQbY&list=PLGprPB7JfzyeQ4siH7tWNpFh_5h12f-hX&index=4)

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