First, we go to the band Baroness and their excellent double album, Yellow & Green. It’s “Board Up the House.” And working on a massive Halloween playlist over in Spotify has brought something important to light: just because a song has something Halloweeny-sounding in its title, doesn’t mean it’s a very Halloweeny song. So check the lyrics. For example, Matt Pond PA has a song called “Halloween.” It’s not very Halloween-y. Don’t get me wrong. It’s a damn good song.
So somebody might say the same about “Board Up the House.” It’s not overtly Halloweeny, no. But once you read the lyrics, there’s just this sinister undercurrent that gives me the heebie jeebies. Something’s going on in there, and it ain’t good. But the song sure is.
As we round the corner of a circle which leads toward the inevitable First Halloween of 2019, we pause for a musical interlude from 1937. It’s “With Her Head Tucked Underneath Her Arm” by Rudy Vallee & His Connecticut Yankees. You should know your English history, but just in case you don’t, the song sort of explains itself as it goes along.
Yes, if I was being menaced by Lon Chaney Jr’s disembodied, floating head, I’d probably pull a sword on it too. But more on that in a moment.
Tonight, we begin with a lovely ballad about the end of the world from The Misfits. This is “Hunting Humans,” from their 1999 album, Famous Monsters. What side is the singer/protagonist on? Who can say?
Today’s musical selection is from 1983: “Surf Bat” by 45 Grave. There are, of course, many great stories of how bands got their names. Their story is one of the best I’ve heard in quite a while. Don Bolles said in an interview over at Victim of Time that bandmate Paul Cutler had gotten him a gift at a thrift store. A giant button with a slogan on it.
It said “We Dig” and a huge number “45” and underneath it said “grave.” WE DIG 45 GRAVE. I said what? I’m just lookin’ at this thing like it’s this mystical object from space. We were laughing our asses off! ‘What the hell is this?’ … And I said, obviously this…obviously 45 Grave is now the name of our new band and this is obviously our 1st fan club button. And everyone said yes, of course, obviously.
So today we kick off with a #TrackoftheDay that’s mainly Halloweenish by association. Yes, you may recognize this song–it was covered by INXS for The Lost Boys. But “Good Times” originated back in 1968 with another Australian band, The Easybeats. Both versions have their merits, but for tonight, here’s the original.
Yes, before we get to our silent film featured tonight, our 32 Days of Halloween tram stops to check out this 1971 live performance of “Witch Queen of New Orleans” from Redbone. You might know them as the people who brought you “Come and Get Your Love” from Guardians of the Galaxy, but they have a lot more to offer. Enjoy this.
Today’s Halloween festivities begin with the Canadian band (though it’s more recently into a band of one), Zombie Girl. I’ve actually had this on my computer for quite some time and I do enjoy it for more than just this time of year. Then again, this time of year for me is all year round…but you get what I mean. This is from their EP, Back From the Dead.
So Krispy Kreme have gotten into the spirit of the season by offering up three decorated Monster Doughnuts. They spell it “Doughnuts,” I usually spell it “Donuts,” let’s call the whole thing off. Anyway, I felt compelled to due my Halloween duties and try them out. And if you think I used this as an excuse to buy Krispy Kremes, well…you’re not wrong.
Don’t be worried that they’ve gone and done something outlandish. Two of them are easily recognizable. The orange one, “Hypno-Henry, The Cake Batter Monster,” is basically a decorated doughnut filled with their cake batter filling (which they’ve offered before). The mummy is “Mumford, the Mummy Monster,” which is basically a regular glazed donut with some decoration on it. All three Monster Doughnuts have eyes (and in some cases mouths) made of pure solid sugar. This is for those of you who feel like eating a Krispy Kreme doughnut isn’t blood sugar level destroying enough. So business as usual thus far, but…it’s the third one that bears some explanation.
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.