Tonight we begin our 32 Days of Halloween mayhem with a band that I got to see live aeons ago, and have enjoyed ever since. It’s the Lovecraftian group known as The Darkest of the Hillside Thickets. Their devotion to songs about unspeakable horror and gibbering madness is inspiring. And they’re all quite good. But some of their songs just transcend and enter that sphere we call “Damn Good.” That’s the case with this, “Some Things Man Was Not Meant to Know.”
Holy crap, these things fly by! We are halfway through our twelfth year of 32 Days of Halloween. Tonight we kick off with our #TrackoftheDay, a 1989 classic from The Ramones. It’s “Pet Sematary,” the theme (?) from the original movie adaptation. Apparently, King was a big fan of The Ramones, and rightly so. Are they the only band that are known for a horror movie theme song as well as a badass cover of an animated superhero series? Probably.
Tonight we kick off with our #TrackoftheDay from the Canadian band A Spectre is Haunting Europe and their debut album Astonishing Tales of the Sea. I don’t know a great deal about them…the album is from 2004 and their third and most recent album was in 2008. Their official website appears to be kaput. Which is a shame, because “Fearless Vampire Killers” is a pretty great track. Enjoy.
So first up, we go to our #TrackoftheDay, which is an old favorite of mine. It’s “Nature Trail to Hell” by your friend and mine, “Weird Al” Yankovic, and his 1984 album In 3-D. Having long been a fan of horror movies and also of Dr. Demento, how could I not adore this mashing together of two great things? It is a recording of epic, synthy proportions.
We begin tonight with one of our favorite bands: Clutch. This song, “The Devil & Me,” is from their 2007 album, Beale Street to Oblivion. It’s always a shame when a long-standing partnership comes to an end. Especially if one is an infernal beast from the pit.
First up, we have our #TrackoftheDay selection, with a lovely tune by Zombina & The Skeletones out of the UK. This is “Nobody Likes You (When You’re Dead)” from their 2002 album fittingly entitled Taste the Blood of Zombina and the Skeletones. Take all the angst of being young and the angst of being dead and smash them together and, well, there you are.
Tonight, we kick off with our #TrackoftheDay, the riotous “Zombie Radio” by Vince Ray & The Boneshakers. You’ve probably seen Ray’s artwork somewhere or another. This is what he does with his spare time, apparently. Nice.
First up tonight, we can’t have Halloween music without the master of the weird and wild, Tom Waits. This is “What’s He Building?”, a lovely spoken word piece about paranoia and being neighborly. It’s from his 1999 album Mule Variations.
First up, for #TrackoftheDay, we have a mashup by DJ Fnord, who I can’t seem to find out any damn information about. But regardless, you’ll probably recognize the elements here: “Bela Lugosi’s Dead” by Bauhaus coupled with sounds from Disney’s Haunted Mansion. Basically, the perfect pairing.
We reach all the way back to 1926 for our #TrackoftheDay. It’s Red Nichols and His Five Pennies and the “Boneyard Shuffle.” The argument could be made that, were it not for the title, this would have no tie to Halloween at all. But I say you need some festive tunes in the boneyard, so it still fits.