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Halloween Mix VIII: A Shot in the Dark

Halloween 8: A Shot in the DarkLast year, Nine Kinds of Pie presented seven Halloween mixes.  This year, it’ll be just one new Halloween mix.  (Feel free to check out the old ones, though.  They’re still up on the blog!)  The theme this year is all instrumental.  Henry Mancini, Combustible Edison, Big Lazy, and others present some (mostly) spooky tunes without words.  Enjoy!

1)     The Twilight Zone  Marius Constant (1960)      0:57

“You’re traveling through another dimension, a dimension not only of sight and sound but of mind; a journey into a wondrous land whose boundaries are that of imagination. That’s the signpost up ahead — your next stop, the Twilight Zone”

The theme to the classic television program, The Twilight Zone (1959-1964). Though this is the familiar theme, it wasn’t used on the first season (1959-1960) — that year used a theme by Bernard Herrmann (best-known for his Alfred Hitchcock scores).  Below, the opening for the 1963 season:

And here is the original opening, with the Herrmann theme:

2)     Spellbound  Esquivel (1958)      3:31

From Esquivel’s Exploring New Sounds in Stereo.  The tune itself (by Miklós Rózsa) is the theme to Hitchcock’s 1945 film, which included a dream sequence designed by Salvador Dalí:

3)     Carnival of Souls  Combustible Edison (1994)      3:13

From the group‘s I, Swinger.

4)     Chant of the Moon  Voodoo Suite (2006)      2:32

Music from Voodoo Suite.

5)     Experiment in Terror  Henry Mancini (1962)      2:20

Mancini‘s theme for the film of the same name (directed by Blake Edwards).

6)     Spy in the Lounge  Dusty Trails (2000)      3:40

Luscious Jackson’s Vivian Trimble + the Breeders’ Josephine Wiggs = Dusty Trails, who put out just one LP.  It’s a fine record, reminiscent of a particularly good soundtrack.  Bonus: one of the songs includes vocals by Emmylou Harris.

7)     Creepy Street  Walter Murphy (1974)      1:34

Best known for his disco hit, “A Fifth of Beethoven” (1976), Walter Murphy composed a lot of film library music, including this track, which appears on Cinemaphonic: Electro Soul (a collection of such music by Murphy and others).

8)     Enter Sandman  Twink (2004)      3:22

This is the only cover of Metallica that uses a toy piano — or, at the very least, it’s the only such cover I’ve ever heard.  It appears on Twink‘s Supercute!

9)     Psycko (Themes from Psycho and Vertigo)  Laika & The Cosmonauts (1994)            2:24

The themes to two Hitchcock films, done up, surf-style.

10)  A Shot in the Dark  Henry Mancini (1964)      2:35

Mancini‘s theme for the Blake Edwards film.

11)  Perry Mason Theme  Jon Rauhouse (2003)      2:19

Rauhouse‘s recording of the theme for Perry Mason.  It appears on Steel Guitar Rodeo.

12)  Crooked  Big Lazy (1999)      3:17

Appears on the group‘s first full-length LP, Big Lazy.

13)  J.S. Bach’s Fugue, “The Little, ” BWV 578 (G Minor)  E. Power Biggs (1960)            4:05

From the compilation Bach: Great Organ Favorites.

14)  A Stroll Through Hive Manor Corridors  The Hives (2007)      2:39

From the HivesBlack and White Album, which featured the single “Tick Tick Boom.”

15)  Tubular Bells  Mike Oldfield (1973)      3:17

I’m sharing the abbreviated version used in The Exorcist, but you might want to check out the full version of “Tubular Bells, Part I.”  This blog limits the file size to 20MB, and the full 25:33 track is 37MB.  So, I’m unable to share the longer version here — even though that’s the version I’ve used on the iTunes version of this mix.  On the original recording, Oldfield played all of the instruments himself.  Below, a trio of videos in which he (on bass guitar, initially) performs it live with Steve Hillage, Pierre Moerlen, Mick Taylor, and others.

16)  Paranoid Android  UMASS Front Percussion Ensemble (2004)      5:02

The UMass Front Percussion Ensemble cover Radiohead.

17)  Devil’s Waltz  Erin McKeown (2006)      2:40

A bonus track from McKeown‘s Sing You Sinners.

18)  Great Pumpkin Waltz  Vince Guaraldi (1968)      3:36

After the dissonant conclusion of the previous track, here’s something a bit more gentle — music for It’s the Great Pumpkin, Charlie Brown!  This recording appears on Guaraldi‘s Oh Good Grief!

19)  Graceful Ghost Rag  Eugene Barban (1997)      4:31

Composed by William Bolcolm, this rendition appears on Barban’s An American Piano Odyssey.

Last year’s Halloween mixes (all seven of them!):

  1. Halloween Mix I: A Put a Spell on You
  2. Halloween Mix II: Zombie Jamboree
  3. Halloween Mix III: That Old Black Magic
  4. Halloween Mix IV: Living After Midnight
  5. Halloween Mix V: Wicked & Sweet
  6. Halloween Mix VI: Season of the Witch
  7. Halloween Mix VII: People Are Strange

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Halloween Mix VII: People Are Strange

Halloween VII: People Are StrangeAs promised, it’s the seventh and final Halloween mix!  Ella Fitzgerald, the Doors, Talking Heads, Snob Scrilla, Flogging Molly, the National, and many others.  Hope you’ve enjoyed these mixes.  Happy Halloween!

1. Bewitched theme (1964)      1:02

The theme to the television sitcom (1964-1972) about a witch named Samantha (Elizabeth Montgomery), her husband Darrin (Dick York, initially, and later Dick Sargent), and her mother Endora (Agnes Moorehead).

2. Witchcraft Ella Fitzgerald (1961)      3:05

From the recently released (well, in late 2009) Twelve Nights in Hollywood, a 4-CD set that’s a must for any serious Ella Fitzgerald fan.

3. I Wish You’d Be My Witch The Mudbloods (2008)      3:52

Led by Adam Dubberly, the Mudbloods were easily one of the most musically talented of the wizard rock groups.  Though they’ve disbanded, their music lives on — in this track, from the EP A War Amidst Pop Songs.

4. Witch’s Wand Sloan (2008)      2:50

Canadian power-poppers Sloan are not very well known down here in the States.  That should change.  If you’re looking for an introduction to the band (and you should be), try A-Sides Win: 1992-2005.  The track featured here is from Parallel Play. Below, the video for the song.

5. Jitters & Creeps Jill Sobule (2008)      2:28

Sobule is best known for her hit “I Kissed a Girl” — not the Katy Perry song, and indeed a song that’s much more interesting than the Katy Perry song.  If you’d like to hear some more strong examples of her work, I recommend “Claire” (off of Pink Pearl, 2000) and “Underdog Victorious” (off of the album of the same name, 2004).

6. Zombie Outbreak Elliott the Letter Ostrich (2007)      3:31

Oklahoma’s Elliott the Letter Ostrich tell of an outbreak of… zombies!

7. Dracula Marbles (2007)      2:28

Marbles is in fact Apples in Stereo frontman Robert Schneider.

8. Bring the Murder on the Dance Floor Public Enemy vs. Sophie Ellis Bextor (2002)      3:21

Not sure who did this mash-up of Sophie Ellis Bextor‘s “Murder on the Dance Floor” and Public Enemy‘s “Bring the Noise.”

9. Devil’s Dance Floor Flogging Molly (2000)      4:00

From Flogging Molly‘s debut album, Swagger.  Below, a live performance from 2008.

10.  The Devil Went Down to Georgia Those Darn Accordions! (1994)      3:40

Those Darn Accordions‘ cover of the Charlie Daniels Band’s big 1979 hit.  From Squeeze This. Below, TDA perform the song live in October 2008.

11.  Swamp Talking Heads (1984)      4:29

From the fantastic live album (and concert film) Stop Making Sense.  The song originally appears on the HeadsSpeaking in Tongues (1983).  Below, the trailer for Stop Making Sense, followed by David Byrne interviewing himself.

12.  Careful What You Pack They Might Be Giants (2007)      2:40

Written for Henry Selick’s film adaptation of Neil Gaiman‘s Coraline, “Careful What You Pack” and other TMBG songs were ultimately rejected.  Only TMBG’s “Other Father Song” (below) remains on the soundtrack.  This particular song (“Careful What You Pack”) can be found on TMBG’s The Else.

13.  Fear Itself Rogue Wave      2010      4:24

Appears on the band‘s latest album, Permalight.

14.  Afraid of Everyone The National      2010      4:19

From the band‘s latest, High Violet. Below, the National perform the song on The Late Show with David Letterman in May 2010.

15.  Trouble with Dreams Eels      2005      4:33

From EelsBlinking Lights and Other Revelations.

16.  Pearl’s Dream Bat for Lashes      2009      4:45

Appears on Bat for Lashes‘ Two Suns.

17.  Walkin’ After Midnight Girl in a Coma (2010)      2:49

Rockin’ cover of Patsy Cline, from Girl in a Coma‘s Adventures in Coverland.

18.  Sometimes in the Darkest Hour Deborah Walley (1966)      2:13

I presume this is the same Deborah Walley who had the title role in Gidget Goes Hawaiian (1961).

19.  Do They Know It’s Hallowe’en (Album Version) North American Halloween Prevention Initiative (2005)      5:58

Benefit record (which has the added benefit of mocking the “Do they Know It’s Christmas?” benefit record) starring … in alphabetical order … Arcade Fire’s Win & Regine, Beck, Buck 65, David Cross, Devendra Banhart, Dessert’s Liane Balaban, Elvira Mistress of the Dark, Feist, Gino Washington, Les Savy Fav’s Syd Butler, Islands’ J’aime, Malcolm Mclaren, Nardwuar The Human Serviette, Peaches, Postal Service’s Jimmy Tamborello, Redd Kross’ Steve Mcdonald, Rilo Kiley’s Jenny & Blake, Roky Erickson, Sloan’s Chris Murphy, Smoosh’s Asya & Chloe, Sonic Youth’s Thurston Moore, Sparks’ Russell Mael, Subtitle, Sum 41’s Stevo, Tagaq, That Dog’s Anna Waronker, Joey Waronker, Wolf Parade’s Dan & Spencer, Yeah Yeah Yeah’s Karen O.  All proceeds go to UNICEF.

20.  Chasing Ghosts Snob Scrilla (2008)      4:05

Snob Scrilla (a.k.a. Sean Ray), from his EP The Day Before….

21.  Mad World Tears for Fears (1983)      3:35

Appears on Tears for Fears‘ album The Hurting, a record that (in my recollection at least) was overshadowed by the even greater success of the band’s next album, Songs from the Big Chair (“Shout,” “Everybody Wants to Rule the World”).  Below, Tears for Fears perform “Mad World” on Top of the Pops in 1982.

22.  Darkness Is So Deep Hurricane Bells (2009)      3:01

From Hurricane BellsTonight Is the Ghost.

23.  People Are Strange The Doors (1967)      2:12

From the DoorsStrange Days.

And that’s the end of the Halloween mixes… for now.

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Halloween Mix VI: Season of the Witch

Halloween VI: Season of the WitchWelcome to the sixth Halloween mix.  Lambert, Hendricks & Ross; Curtis Mayfield; Charlie Daniels; Billy Bragg; Van Halen; Donovan; and, of course, many more…!

1. Halloween Spooks Lambert, Hendricks & Ross (1959)      2:17

The vocalese trio from their Hottest New Group in Jazz LP.  If you like vocalese, then — well, then you probably already have all of Lambert, Hendricks & Ross‘s recordings.

2. The Halloween Song Evangelicals (2007)      2:29

A seasonal number from the Oklahoma indie group, Evangelicals.

3. She’s Got a New Spell Billy Bragg (1988)      3:25

From Bragg‘s Workers Playtime, which includes “The Great Leap Forward” and “The Short Answer.”  A great record.

4. Crazy as She Goes The Legion of Doom [Gnarls Barkley vs. The Raconteurs] (2006)      3:19

Very catchy mash-up of Gnarls Barkley‘s “Crazy” and the Raconteurs‘ “Steady as She Goes” — with a little Grandmaster Flash and the Furious Five (“The Message”) added, to taste.  Nice.

5. The Devil Is An Angel Janiva Magness (2010)      3:09

The title track from Janiva Magness‘s latest album.

6. Runnin’ with the Devil Van Halen (1978)      3:37

Eddie Van Halen, David Lee Roth, Alex Van Halen, Michael Anthony.  The original Van Halen and the first song from the band’s debut album.

7. (Don’t Worry) If There’s a Hell Below We’re All Going to Go Curtis Mayfield (1970)      3:28

The first song on Curtis, Mayfield‘s debut solo record.  The same LP that introduced “Move on Up.”

8. Sheep Go to Heaven Cake (1998)      4:45

From Prolonging the Magic, Cake‘s third album (features the hit “Never There”).

9. Last Night I Nearly Died Duke Special (2006)      3:49

Appears on the band‘s album Songs from the Deep Forest.

10.  Only the Good Die Young Billy Joel (1977)      3:53

From Joel‘s hit album, The Stranger… which had many other hits — “Movin’ Out (Anthony’s Song),” “Just the Way You Are,” and “She’s Always a Woman.”  Below, an energetic Joel performs the song in… 1981?  His attire suggests 1981 or thereabouts.

11.  Live and Let Die Paul McCartney & Wings (1973)      3:13

The theme song to the James Bond film of the same name.  Here’s a live performance that I would guess (based on the hairstyles) dates to the mid-1980s.

12.  Where The Bodies Are John Wesley Harding (1992)      4:21

From Harding‘s Why We Fight.

13.  Bury Me In Smoke Burnt Ones (2010)      3:41

From the Burnt Ones‘ debut LP, Black Teeth & Golden Tongues.

14.  Die, All Right! The Hives (2000)      2:46

Appears on the same album as the band‘s “Hate to Say I Told You So” — Veni Vidi Vicious.

15.  Danger! High Voltage Electric Six (2003)      3:35

Featuring a vocal turn by Jack White, the Electric Six warns us about the dangers of high voltage.  On the dance floor.  There’s a really campy video for the song, which may be NSFW — well, depending on where you work.

16.  Black Ghost/Black Girl Starling Electric (2006)      2:26

From Starling Electric‘s debut LP, Clouded Staircase.

17.  Casper the Friendly Ghost Mike Doughty (2009)      1:33

The former Soul Coughing frontman sings about the friendliest ghost you know.

18.  Wall of Death R.E.M.  (1994)      3:09

From the great album of Richard Thompson covers, Beat the Retreat.

19.  Dead Flowers The Rolling Stones (1971)      4:05

Sticky Fingers.  The Stones.  Keith Richards recently talked to Fresh Air‘s Terry Gross.  He doesn’t talk about this song, but he does talk a good bit.

20.  Season of the Witch Donovan (1966)      4:56

From Donovan‘s album Sunshine Superman.

21.  Swamp Witch Jim Stafford (1973)      3:36

Stafford‘s first hit — top 40 in 1973.

22.  The Legend of Wooley Swamp The Charlie Daniels Band (1980)      4:15

When I was a student at Choate, I did my own radio show once a week, in the evening — Saturday nights, perhaps?  I don’t remember.  I do remember that my one regular listener called himself “Mr. Skittles” (after the candy, presumably) and would always call to request this specific song.  So, Mr. Skittles, this song goes out to you — the Charlie Daniels Band‘s top 40 hit from 1980.

23.  The End of the Track The Fleshtones (1987)      4:04

The band recorded for so many different record labels that there’s unlikely ever to be a great compilation of the Fleshtones‘ over-30-year career.  Indeed, many albums are out of print and have yet to be released via any on-line music service.  The Fleshtones vs. Reality is one such album — and the source for this particular song, a tune that gives conclusive proof that garage-rockers also listen to Judy Garland.  (In this tune, you’ll hear some quotes from her “The Trolley Song.”)

It may be the end of the track, but it’s not the end of the Halloween mixes.  One more mix still to come.  Stay tuned!

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Halloween Mix V: Wicked & Sweet

Halloween Mix 5And… here’s the fifth of seven Halloween mixes.  They Might Be Giants, Tom Jones, Undertones, Flaming Lips, the Archies, and more!  It’s a very busy week, but I’m going to do my utmost to get these all up prior to the 31st.

1. Dr. Evil They Might Be Giants (1999)      1:50

From Austin Powers: The Spy Who Shagged Me, it’s They Might Be Giants performing the film’s theme song.  Nice echo of John Barry’s James Bond music, with Robin “Goldie” Goldwasser’s vocal evoking the great Shirley Bassey.

2. Scarecrow Beck (2005)      4:16

From Beck‘s album, Guero.

3. King Kong Jimmy Castor Bunch (1975)      3:30

The Jimmy Castor Bunch’s biggest hit was the #6 pop single “Troglodyte (Cave Man)” in 1972.  Here’s a lesser hit from 1975.

4. Spider Man Ramones (1995)      2:07

From the compilation album Saturday Morning Cartoons’ Greatest Hits, here are the Ramones!  1-2-3-4—!

5. Spiderwebs No Doubt (1995)      4:29

Yes, I know that this (and some of the other songs here) are only loosely Halloween-y, but I’m choosing to interpret “walking into spider webs” as apt for October 31st.  As you probably already know, this is from No Doubt‘s smash hit record Tragic Kingdom.

6. Ghost in You The Psychedelic Furs (1984)      4:17

From the Furs‘ Mirror Moves, the album that also brought you the songs “Heaven,” “Heartbeat,” and “Here Come Cowboys.”

7. I Want to Be Buried in Your Backyard Nightmare of You (2005)      4:07

From the band‘s debut, Nightmare of You.

8. St. James Infirmary Blues Tom Jones and Jools Holland (2004)      4:06

This song has been recorded many, many times — with many lyrical variants.  The first may be Fess Williams’ “Gamblers’ Blues” (1927) and the first under a version of the famous title is Louis Armstrong and His Hot Fives’ “St. James Infirmary” (1928). Rob Walker‘s “Name That Tune” (14 June 2005) provides a fascinating history of the song.  Sarah Vowell’s “The Magical Mystery Tour” (6 Oct. 1999) offers her own reflections on the song, and Pre-War Blues’ “So Young, So Cold, So Fair: The Saint James Infirmary Blues” (10 July 2008) gathers together over 100 versions of the song.  Check it out!

9. When the Spell Is Broken Bonnie Raitt with The Five Blind Boys of Alabama (1994)      5:18

From the stellar album of Richard Thompson covers, Beat the Retreat.

10.  Candy Everybody Wants 10,000 Maniacs (1992)      3:08

From the band‘s Our Time in Eden.

11.  Mars Bars The Undertones (1979)      2:08

From the Undertones‘ classic self-titled debut, the record that includes “Teenage Kicks.”  This track is also on the fine compilation, The Very Best of the Undertones.  Recommended for fans of Buzzocks, early Clash, and classic punk.

12.  Sugar, Sugar The Archies (1969)      2:53

Studio musicians, with Ron Dante on vocals, performing as the Archies (of the animated cartoon series based on Bob Montana’s comic books).  This was their big hit single.  Here’s the introduction to The Archies (TV show).

13.  Candyman Christina Aguilera (2006)      3:14

From Aguilera‘s Back to Basics, which also includes the hit “Ain’t No Other Man.”

14.  Candy Bottom Girls Q-Unit [50 Cent vs. Queen] (2005)      3:29

From Q-Unit’s Greatest Hits, a mash-up album full of 50 Cent and Queen.

15.  Lollipop Mika (2007)      3:06

From Mika‘s debut, Life in Cartoon Motion, which also brought you “Grace Kelly,” “Love Today,” and “Big Girl (You Are Beautiful).”   Very catchy pop!

16.  Ding-Dong! The Witch Is Dead The Munchkins (1939)      2:49

From the 1939 MGM musical adaptation of L. Frank Baum’s The Wonderful Wizard of Oz (1900).

17.  Wicked Blitzen Trapper (2008)      1:55

From the soundtrack to the movie Choke.

18.  Spider Web Joan Osborne (1995)      5:33

This appears on Osborne‘s Relish, which includes her hit single “One of Us.”

19.  I See Spiders When I Close My Eyes The Boy Least Likely To (2005)      3:58

From the Boy Least Likely To‘s charming debut album, The Best Party Ever.

20.  All My Friends Are Insects Weezer (2010)      1:53

A bonus track from Weezer‘s latest, Hurley.

21.  The Purple People Eater Sheb Wooley (1958)      2:16

Character actor & musician Sheb Wooley‘s big pop hit — #1 in 1958!  Wooley also starred on the TV series Rawhide (1959-1966) with Clint Eastwood.  He had some hit songs on the country charts, too.

22.  Yoshimi Battles the Pink Robots pt. 1 The Flaming Lips (2002)      4:46

From the band‘s album of the same name (well, minus the “pt. 1”).

23.  My Body’s a Zombie for You Dead Man’s Bones (2009)      4:31

This appears on Dead Man’s Bones self-titled debut album.

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Halloween Mix IV: Living After Midnight

Halloween IV: Living After MidnightAnd now, it’s part IV of my Halloween mix series — to be followed in short order by V through VII!  Judas Priest, Belle & Sebastian, Old 97’s, the Puppini Sisters, Sammy Davis Jr., Echo & the Bunnymen, and more!  Enjoy!

1. Living After Midnight Judas Priest (1980)      3:27

From the band‘s album British Steel.

2. Night Comes In June Tabor & The Oyster Band (1990)      4:54

A cover of the Richard Thompson song, from the excellent album Freedom and Rain. The album also features covers of Billy Bragg, the Pogues, and the Velvet Underground.  A great record.

3. Sukie In The Graveyard Belle & Sebastian (2006)      3:00

From The Life Pursuit.  Below, Belle & Sebastian perform the song live at the Lowlands Festival in 2006.

4. Graveyard Girl M83 (2008)      4:53

Appears on M83‘s Saturdays=Youth.

5. Wicked Annabella The Kinks (1968)      2:45

Featuring a vocal turn by Dave Davies, this song appears on The Kinks Are The Village Green Preservation Society.

6. Witch The Bird And The Bee (2009)      3:55

Inara George and Greg Kurstin (a.k.a. The Bird and the Bee) from Ray Guns Are Not the Future.

7. Hoo Doo Say Sly Fox (1954)      3:01

The Sly Fox (born Eugene Fox, 1928-2000) sings about what the hoo doo say.  After a brief recording career in the early 1950s, Fox left music for education.  He became a teacher, and did not return to the recording scene.

8. Can’t Kill Me Twice Slo Leak (1999)      4:14

Slo Leak are an all-star band of studio musicians & producers — “all-star” in the sense that members of the band have worked with many stars, from Aerosmith to Rufus Wainwright.  This track is on the group’s first album, When the Clock Strikes 12.

9. That’s How You Got Killed Before Dirty Dozen Brass Band with Elvis Costello (1990)      3:15

From the Dirty Dozen Brass Band‘s The New Orleans Album.

10.  Somebody Got Murdered The Clash (1980)      3:34

Appears on Sandinista, the Clash‘s triple-album of a wide array of styles — punk, rap, R&B, reggae, & dub.  If not as strong as the group’s previous album (the brilliant London Calling), this record does have some great songs, including “The Magnificent Seven,” “Charlie Don’t Surf,” and “Police on My Back.”

11.  Murder (Or a Heart Attack) Old 97’s (1999)      3:41

From the Old 97’s Fight Songs.

12.  Like Rasputin Amy Rigby (2005)      2:31

From Rigby‘s album Little Fugitive.

13.  Spooky The Puppini Sisters (2007)      2:45

The Puppini Sisters cover the song that was a big hit for Classics IV in 1968.  This recording appears on the Puppini Sisters’ second album, The Rise and Fall of Ruby Woo.  Their new record, Christmas with the Puppini Sisters, is just out.

14.  The Oogum Boogum Song Brenton Wood (1967)      2:30

Brenton Wood (born Alfred Jesse Smith, 1941) had two hit singles in 1967: this one, and “Gimme Little Sign.”  My recording of this song comes from the collection Beg, Scream & Shout! The Big Ol’ Box of ’60s Soul, but I’m sure it’s on many other compilations, too.

15.  Wild Night Martha Reeves (1974)      3:20

Reeves‘ cover of Van Morrison’s song appeared on her first solo record.  (She split with the Vandellas in 1972.)

16.  The Candy Man Sammy Davis Jr. & Mike Curb Congregation (1972)      3:13

“The Candy Man” originally appeared in the film Charlie and the Chocolate Factory (1971), but this is the best known recording of the tune, and a #1 hit record for Sammy Davis Jr. Below, Davis performs the song:

17.  Lollipop Ben Kweller  (2005)      2:16

Kweller covers the Chordettes’ 1958 hit “Lollipop.”  The song appears on the soundtrack to the video game Stubbs the Zombie.

18.  Big Rock Candy Mountain Tex Ritter (1952)      1:54

The star of many cowboy movies and the father of the late John Ritter, Tex Ritter had a successful career as a country singer.  This particular song wasn’t one of his hits, but it’s a good one!

19.  There’s Nothing Like the Face Hershey’s Chocolate Bars (1969)      1:04

The commercial jingle for Hershey’s chocolate.  I wasn’t able to find this particular commercial on YouTube, but here’s one from (I think) the early 1980s.  Note its attempts to represent a “diverse” American population.

20.  Dr. Jekyll’s Toothbrush Logan Whitehurst & the Junior Science Club (2006)      1:19

From Whitehurst‘s final album, begun as an attempt to sharpen up his songwriting chops after what he’d hoped were successful treatments for his cancer.  Unfortunately, Very Tiny Songs proved to be his last record.  Logan Whitehurst died in December 2006 at the age of 29.  But he left behind a remarkable body of delightful, original work.  Some of my favorites are “Happy Noodle vs. Sad Noodle,” “Me and the Snowman,” “Internal Banana Farm,” and “Farkle!” (of which there are several versions).  If you enjoy They Might Be Giants or Parry Gripp, then Logan Whitehurst may well appeal to you, too.

21.  The Devil Never Sleeps Iron & Wine (2007)      2:07

From Iron & Wine‘s The Shepherd’s Dog.

22.  Cellphone’s Dead Beck (2006)      4:46

From Beck‘s The Information.

23.  The Killing Moon Echo & The Bunnymen (1984)      5:50

From the band‘s album Ocean Rain.  Also on the hits collection Songs to Learn and Sing.

24.  Life’ll Kill Ya Warren Zevon (2000)      2:47

From the late Mr. Zevon‘s album of the same name.

25.  Letter From Heaven Bill Morrissey (1993)      1:54

From Bill Morrissey‘s Night Train, which does not include the jazz standard of the same name but does feature a great duet — “Love Arrives” — with David Johansen.

That’s all for now.  It’s going to be a busy week, but I will do my utmost to post volumes five, six, and seven of the Halloween mixes before the 31st.

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Halloween Mix III: That Old Black Magic

Halloween IIIWelcome to the third Halloween Mix!  Some more by artists from previous Halloween mixes (the Clash, Robyn Hitchcock, Squirrel Nut Zippers, They Might Be Giants), plus plenty that appear here for the first time: Laurie Anderson, Cozy Cole, Garbage, Hoodoo Gurus, Rockwell, Spike Jones, Swan Dive, and many more.

1.     This is Halloween Panic! at the Disco (2006)      5:12

Panic! at the Disco cover “This Is Halloween,” on the “Special Edition” CD of the soundtrack to Tim Burton’s The Nightmare Before Christmas.  A confession: I’m very obsessive-compulsive about mix-making and had original started this mix with AC/DC’s “Hells Bells” (from Back in Black), but decided that this track might make a better opening.  Since this is an on-line mix, of course, you should feel free to cue up your own copy of AC/DC if you’d prefer the mix that way.  After all, I’ll never know!

2.     Straight to Hell The Clash (1982)      5:33

Yes, this is the song sampled by M.I.A. for “Paper Planes. ”  It’s from the last proper Clash album, Combat Rock (1982), which included the big hit “Rock the Casbah” and the smaller hit “Should I Stay or Should I Go?”  I say “the last proper Clash album” because, although there was Cut the Crap (1985), Mick Jones had departed the band at that point and Joe Strummer himself (who is on the album) largely disowned the record.

3.     The Devil’s Right Hand Steve Earle (1988)      3:03

From Earle‘s third album, Coppherhead Road.

4.     The Devil and Me BR5-49 feat. The Jordanaires (2006)      2:40

From BR5-49’s most recent album, Dog Days.

5.     Ol’ Man Mose Cozy Cole (1962)      2:42

Jazz drummer Cozy Cole (1909-1981) takes a turn on vocals.

6.     The Headless Horseman Thurl Ravenscroft (1965)      2:14

The voice of Tony the Tiger (that’s him saying “They’re grrrreat!” in the Frosted Flakes commercials), Thurl Ravenscroft (1914-2005) gave his best remembered performance as the singing voice of the Grinch, in the 1966 animated adaptation of Dr. Seuss’s How the Grinch Stole Christmas!  However, the credits list only Boris Karloff (the Grinch’s speaking voice) and not Mr. Ravenscroft.  In a DVD extra to a recent reissue of the TV special, Ravenscroft says that Seuss apoogized for the omission — and that Ravenscroft has no hard feelings about the matter.  To learn more about Ravenscroft, I highly recommend Brian E. Jacob’s website All Things Thurl.

7.     Eye of the Zombie John Fogerty (1986)      4:36

After a decade-long hiatus, John Fogerty released Centerfield in 1985, following that up swiftly with Eye of the Zombie in 1986.  Though the latter album did not sell as well as its predecessor, Centerfield was a huge hit — “Old Man Down the Road,” “Rock ‘n’ Roll Girls” and “Centerfield” all charted.  And Eye of the Zombie has its pleasures, such as the title track — the video to which is below.

8.     Six More Miles to the Graveyard Camper Van Beethoven (1987)      2:58

Camper Van Beethoven cover Hank Williams.  This track first appeared on the band’s album of odds and ends, Camper Vantiquities (1993), but was recorded during the sessions for Vampire Can Mating Oven (1987).

9.     Dig It Up Hoodoo Gurus (1983)      3:36

From the band’s debut, Stoneage Romeos.  I had more to say about the Hoodoo Gurus on the first Halloween mix (track 17)

10.  My Wife & My Dead Wife Robyn Hitchcock & The Egyptians (1985)      4:19

From Hitchcock‘s Fegmania!, his fourth album.  Other standout tracks on this record include “The Man with the Lightbulb Head,” “Egyptian Cream,” and “Heaven.”

11.  Where Evil Grows Gore Gore Girls (2007)      2:49

From Get the Gore, the Gore Gore Girls‘ third album.

12.  Where Your Eyes Don’t Go They Might Be Giants (1988)      3:06

“Where your eyes don’t go a filthy scarecrow waves its broomstick arms and does a parody of each unconscious thing you do.”  From TMBG‘s second album, Lincoln.  I first saw TMBG in Rochester New York, during the tour for this record.  At that time, the band was John Flansburgh, John Linnell, and a drum machine.  At one point, when the electronics failed, I remember Flansburgh trying to fix it, while Linnell entertained us with a solo performance of “Why Does the Sun Shine?”

13.  Somebody’s Watching Me Rockwell (1984)      3:55

With a guest vocal by Michael Jackson, Rockwell’s song hit #2 on the pop charts in 1984.  Below, the song’s video.

14.  I Think I’m Paranoid Garbage (1998)      3:38

The second single from Garbage‘s second album, Garbage 2.0.

15.  Paranoid Black Sabbath (1970)      2:48

The first track from Black Sabbath‘s second record.  Ozzy Osbourne on vocals, Tony Iommi on guitar, Geezer Butler on bass guitar, and Bill Ward on drums.  Below, the band’s music video for this song.

16.  Trick or Treat Groovie Ghoulies (2005)      1:33

From Berry’d Alive, the band‘s EP of Chuck Berry covers.

17.  The Boogie Monster Gnarls Barkley (2006)      2:51

From St. Elsewhere, the debut album of Gnarls Barkley (Danger Mouse and Cee-Lo), featuring the hit single “Crazy.”  I’m very much looking forward to Cee-Lo‘s new solo record, The Lady Killer, due out November 9th.

18.  Funtime Iggy Pop (1977)      2:57

From Pop‘s The Idiot, which also featured “China Girl” — later a hit for David Bowie, who produced and co-wrote all of the songs on The Idiot.

19.  I’m Your Witchdoctor 22-20s (2005)      2:05

From the band‘s single 22 Days.

20.  That Old Black Magic Spike Jones & His City Slickers (1946)      2:31

Long before there was “Weird Al” Yankovic, there was Spike Jones, whose energetic, merrily anarchic covers of popular songs were hits in the 1940s.

21.  Ghost of Stephen Foster Squirrel Nut Zippers (1998)      3:32

The Zippers‘ follow-up to Hot ventured a little further afield musically than its predecessor, and did not do as well commercially.  But Perennial Favorites included a lot of great songs, including this tribute to songwriter Stephen Foster.

22.  Benny’s Grave Swan Dive (1997)      3:19

From You’re Beautiful, the first album by Nashville-based duo of Bill DeMain and Molly Felder, a.k.a. Swan Dive.  I highly recommend the record and, indeed, Swan Dive in general.  I’ve not been keeping up with their career as closely as I should (I don’t have the latest couple of CDs), but I enjoy all the Swan Dive CDs I have.

23.  The Day The Devil Laurie Anderson (1989)      4:02

From Strange Angels (1989), Anderson’s most accessible record and one of her best.  In my humble opinion, the two greatest Laurie Anderson records are Strange Angels and Big Science (1982).

24.  Run Devil Run Jenny Lewis & The Watson Twins  (2006)      1:07

Jenny Lewis recorded Rabbit Fur Coat with the Watson Twins.  You’ll also know her as the lead singer of Rilo Kiley, and for her other work — her solo record, and Jenny & Johnny, her new album with Jonathan Rice.

25.  Run on for a Long Time Bill Landford & The Landfordaires (1943)      2:37

This is the recording that Moby samples on “Run On” (from his 1999 album Play).  Many other artists have recorded the song, including the Blind Boys of Alabama (on Spirit of the Century), and Johnny Cash (as “God’s Gonna Cut You Down” on American V: A Hundred Highways).

That’ll be all for this week.  Next week, it’s Halloween Mix IV, followed closely by Halloween Mixes V, VI, and VII.  Enjoy!

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Halloween Mix II: Zombie Jamboree

Halloween Mix IIOn last week’s mix, I felt obliged to include many of the songs people expect on a Halloween mix.  You’ll hear more such songs in the coming weeks (“Zombie Jamboree,” included on this mix, is one).  But you’ll also hear other songs, such as Roybn Hitchcock’s “The Devil’s Coachman,” Eyeball Skeleton’s “Eyeball Skeleton,” and the Boswell Sisters’ “Heebie Jeebies”  Indeed, this may be the only Halloween mix you hear that has both the Boswell Sisters and the Clash.  And it begins with the maniacal cackle of the late Joe Strummer.

1.     This Is Radio Clash The Clash (1981)      4:11

Released only as a single (and not on an album), this song reflects the Clash‘s immersion in the then new genre of American rap music.  And it’s one of the reasons that the Clash are the greatest punk band of all time: they did punk very well, but also rock-n-roll, reggae, dance, and hip-hop.  Their musical curiosity makes their albums consistently interesting and — in the case of London Calling (1979) — even outstanding.  In the video below, they are performing “This Is Radio Clash” on the Tom Snyder Show, circa 1981.

2.     Hell Squirrel Nut Zippers (1996)      3:13

During the 1990s swing revival, the Squirrel Nut Zippers reached back before the swing bands of the late 1930s and 1940s (the groups that inspired most of their contemporaries) to hot jazz of the 1920s.  This was the group’s biggest hit.  Here they are performing it on David Letterman’s show:

3.     Heebie Jeebies The Boswell Sisters (1931)      2:42

Asked which singer most influenced her, Ella Fitzgerald would invariably reply, “Connee Boswell.”  Though today overshadowed by the Andrews Sisters, the Boswell Sisters — Connie, Martha, and Vet — did close-harmony jazz singing a full decade before the Andrews Sisters.  Indeed, LaVerne, Maxene and Patty Andrews modeled their group on the Boswells’ group.  Below, the Boswell Sisters sing the “Heebie Jeebies” in The Big Broadcast (1932).

4.     Zombie Jamboree (Back To Back, Belly To Belly) The Charmer (1953)      2:47

This song, a favorite of college a cappella groups, was first recorded by “The Charmer.”   This young calypso singer went on to have a much better-recognized career, leading the Nation of Islam.  The Charmer’s real name was (and is) Louis Farrakhan.

5.     Cemetery Gates The Smiths (1986)      2:32

“Keats and Yeats are on your side, but weird old Wilde is on mine.”  As a teen-ager, I was a Smiths fan, but I didn’t fully appreciate Morrissey’s mischievous sense of humor until much later.  Below, the Smiths perform “Cemetery Gates” at the National Ballroom in Kilburn, 1986.

6.     The Cemetery Architecture In Helsinki (2005)      2:02

The Australian band — named for buildings in the capital of Finland — included this song on the album In Case We Die.

7.     One Foot in the Grave Pernice Brothers (2003)      3:15

Joe Pernice, Bob Pernice, and the rest of the band perform a song from Yours, Mine and Ours.  This was the first Pernice song I heard, though this wasn’t the group’s first album (that was Overcome by Happiness, released in 1998).  Below, the Pernice Brothers performing this song in Paris, May 2010.

8.     Richest Guy in the Graveyard Dinah Washington (1949)      2:54

I’d guess that Dinah Washington is best known for her pop hit “What a Difference a Day Makes” (1959), but she recorded in many styles, including blues, jazz, and R&B.  She made many great records in her short but troubled life (she married eight times, and died of an overdose at age 39).  If you’re unfamiliar with her work, I highly recommend the 2-CD collection First Issue: Dinah Washington.  This particular track does not appear on that album.  The recording you hear here comes from disc 2 of The Best of Bob Dylan’s Theme Time Radio Hour.

9.     The Bones of an Idol The New Pornographers (2005)      2:52

From the third album by the Canadian indie supergroup, featuring the vocals of Neko Case, with A.C. Newman on guitar.

10.  Devil Inside INXS (1987)      5:16

One of many hit singles from INXS’s hit album, Kick.  And here’s the video, in all its 1980s campiness.  Smoke machines!  Big hair!  A devil mask!  Oh, my.

11.  Devil’s Haircut Beck (1996)      3:14

Earlier this year, Beck’s Record Club did a great cover of the above INXS song.  But our Beck song for this particular mix comes from his Grammy-winning record Odelay.  Below, the video:

12.  The Devil’s Coachman Robyn Hitchcock & The Egyptians (1989)      2:34

“The universe is based on sullen entropy.  It falls apart as it goes on.”  From Hitchcock‘s Queen Elvis — which, incidentally, does not include the song “Queen Elvis.”  That’s on Eye (1990).

13.  Psycho Killer Talking Heads (1981)      5:34

From the 2004 2-CD issue of The Name of This Band Is Talking Heads.  Originally released in 1982 with a 1977 Massachusetts recording of “Psycho Killer,” The Name of This Band… in its new version also includes a 1981 Tokyo recording of the song.  Below, David Byrne and boom box perform the song at the beginning of Jonathan Demme’s brilliant Talking Heads concert film, Stop Making Sense (1984).

14.  Goo Goo Muck The Cramps (1981)      3:03

Punk + rockabilly = psychobilly, a musical genre that the Cramps helped create.  At the time this song was recorded, the Cramps were the late Lux Interior (Erick Purkhiser, 1946-2009) on vocals, Poison Ivy (Kristy Wallace) on lead guitar, Kid Congo (Brian Tristan) on guitar, and Nick Knox (Nicholas Stephanoff) on drums.  Below, here’s that lineup, performing at the Mudd Club, NYC, 1981.

15.  Jack the Ripper Pilchard [The Hives vs. Screaming Lord Sutch] (2006)      3:34

Pilchard mashes the Hives’ “Hate to Say I Told You So” (2000) with Screaming Lord Sutch‘s “Jack the Ripper” (1963).  David Edward Sutch (1940-1999) was a musician and politician.  Under his pseudonym Screaming Lord Sutch, he released horror-themed singles and LPs and he ran for office.  In the 1960s, he ran for Parliament as a member of the National Teenage Party.  In 1983, he founded the Official Monster Raving Loony Party, and ran for Parliament many times.  Sutch suffered from depression and took his own life in 1999.  Sweedish garage rockers the Hives are best known for their hits “Hate to Say I Told You So” (2000)  and “Tick Tick Boom” (2007).  And for their black-and-white outfits, which they change with each tour.  They wore suits with ascots for Veni Vidi Vicious (on which “Hate to Say I Told You So” appeared) and schoolboy outfits for The Black and White Album (on which “Tick Tick Boom” appeared).

16.  (Don’t Fear) The Reaper Blue Öyster Cult (1976)      5:08

The hit from the band‘s fourth studio album, Agents of Fortune.

17.  (Ghost) Riders in the Sky Me First and the Gimme Gimmes (2006)      1:34

From Me First and the Gimme Gimmes’ Love Their Country, the punk supergroup‘s album of country-and-western covers.

18.  I Had Too Much to Dream Last Night The Electric Prunes (1966)      3:00

A #11 pop hit, this song was also the Electric Prunes‘ biggest hit.  You can find it as the opening track on the fantastic collection Nuggets. Below, the Electric Prunes perform the song on The Mike Douglas Show.  Afterward, Douglas talks to the band, and Barbara Feldon learns to play the drums, accompanying the band on “Get me to the World on Time.”

19.  Lucid Dreams Franz Ferdinand (2008)      3:42

The single version of the track released (in a different, longer version) on the band‘s Tonight (2009).  And, yes, the band is named for the archduke whose assassination lead to the First World War.  Below, a long version of the song, live from the iTunes Music Festival, 2009.

20.  Paint It, Black The Rolling Stones (1966)      3:46

The first single (and a #1 hit in both the US and UK) that appears on the American edition of the Stones‘ fourth album Aftermath, which also includes “Under My Thumb” and “Lady Jane.”  In the UK, it appeared only as a single.  Below, the Stones lip synch the song on a British TV show, 1965.

21.  I Want Candy The Strangeloves (1965)      2:38

The Strangeloves were not the Australian brothers Miles, Niles and Giles Strange, as their publicity materials claimed.  They were the creation of New York songwriter-producers Bob Feldman, Jerry Goldstein, and Richard Gottehrer.  They also were not a one-hit wonder.  They were a three-hit wonder.  “I Want Candy,” “Cara-Lin,” and “Night Time” were all top 40 hits in 1965.  Though it didn’t quite make the top 40 of the pop charts, Bow Wow Wow‘s cover of “I Want Candy” (1982) was a club hit. Below: the Strangeloves and lots of dancers on TV, c. 1965.

22.  Sex and Candy Marcy Playground (1997)      2:54

As of this writing, Marcy Playground is a one-hit wonder.  But, who knows?  Perhaps they will yet get another hit.  After “Radar Love” hit in 1973, Golden Earring was a one-hit wonder until “Twilight Zone” hit in 1982.

23.  I Want a Monster to Be My Friend A Little Girl (Marilyn Sokol)  (1975)      2:12

Featuring the voice of Marilyn Sokol, this song appeared on Sesame Street and on the album Sesame Street Monsters in 1975.  According to the MuppetWiki on the song, the song was removed from rotation when a mother complained that the song’s verse “If I make friends with a friendly monster, / I’ll let him bounce me on his knee. / I’ll let him do whatever he wants ta, / Especially if he’s bigger than me” could be “interpreted in an unwholesome way.”

24.  Eyeball Skeleton Eyeball Skeleton (2005)      2:23

Eight-year old J.J. Brown, ten-year old Charlie Brown and their dad — the trio known as Eyeball Skeleton — released #1 (on which this song appears) in 2005.   Are Eyeball Skeleton still a going concern?  The band’s static MySpace page suggests not.

25.  Dry Bones The Persuasions (2000)      2:17

Frank Zappa gave the Persuasions their big break, producing their first album, A Cappella (1970).  They, in turn, paid tribute to him on Frankly A Cappella: The Persuasions Sing Zappa (2000).  This track is not from that album, but from Sunday Morning Soul (also released 2000).  After over 40 years, the Persuasions — featuring three original members — are still going strong.

And that’s it for this week.  Stop by again next week for a third Halloween mix.

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Halloween Mix I: I Put a Spell on You

Halloween I: I Put a Spell on YouWelcome to the first of seven Halloween mixes.  Yes, you heard me correctly: seven.  I’ll be posting one per week until the week of October 25th, when three mixes will appear.  This first mix includes a lot of the songs you’d expect, with a few you might not.  Enjoy!

1.     Bach’s Toccata from Toccata & Fugue, BWV 565 (D minor) E. Power Biggs (1960)      2:29

From Bach: Great Organ Favorites, as recorded by E. Power Biggs (1906-1977).

2.     Monster Mash Bobby “Boris” Pickett & The Crypt-Kickers (1962)      3:14

This was the biggest hit for Bobby “Boris” Picket (1938-2007), featuring his vocal impersonations of Boris Karloff and Bela Lugosi.  In addition to being a #1 hit single and selling millions of copies, it’s probably the pop song most associated with Halloween.  Below, a clip of Pickett lip-synching to his hit, sometime in the mid-1960s.

3.     The Time Warp Riff Raff, Columbia, Magenta, Narrator, & the Transylvanians (1975)      3:20

From the film of The Rocky Horror Picture Show, featuring the vocal talents of Richard O’Brien (Riff Raff), Nell Campbell (Columbia), Patricia Quinn (Magenta), Charles Gray (Narrator), and others. In the video below, you’ll also see Susan Sarandon (Janet) and Barry Bostwick (Brad).

4.     Thriller Michael Jackson (1982)      5:58

Accompanied by Vincent Price‘s monologue, the title track from one of the biggest-selling albums of all-time.  If you grew up in the 1980s, you’ll remember the videos.  Heck, even if you didn’t grow up then, you might know them: “Beat It,” “Billie Jean,” and of course… “Thriller.”

5.     Werewolves of London Warren Zevon (1978)      3:27

The late Mr. Zevon‘s biggest hit — actually, I think it was his only hit.  A great song, and a much better use of the music from Lynyrd Skynyrd’s “Sweet Home Alabama.”  First appeared on the album Excitable Boy.

6.     I Put a Spell on You Screamin’ Jay Hawkins (1956)      2:31

Here’s a clip of Hawkins hamming it up, dressed in a cape, carrying a skull in one hand, and with a… is that a bone or a bleached white mustache below his nose there?  No idea.

7.     Bad Moon Rising Creedence Clearwater Revival (1969)      2:20

A #2 hit for CCR, “Bad Moon Rising” appeared first as a single, and then on the album Green River (as well as on several greatest hits collections).

8.     I Feel So Good (I Must Be Dead) Maurice King & His Wolverines with Ruby Jackson (vocals)            2:55

From 1949 or 1950, this track appears on The OKeh Rhythm and Blues Story 1949-1957.

9.     People Who Died Jim Carroll (1980)      4:59

From Catholic Boy, his first best-known record, comes the best-known single by the late punk poet Jim Carroll (1949-2009)

10.  Pretend We’re Dead L7  (1992)      3:55

“What’s up with what’s going down?”  Produced by Butch Vig (producer of Nirvana, & member of Garbage), L7‘s Bricks Are Heavy was also the band’s best-selling record, featuring L7’s best-known single — “Pretend We’re Dead.”

11.  Highway to Hell AC/DC (1979)      3:28

From the band’s final album featuring lead vocalist Bon Scott (1946-1980), this song has one of the catchiest guitar riffs in the AC/DC canon… or in any band’s canon, for that matter.

12.  Crazy Train Ozzy Osbourne (1980)      4:50

Featuring the late great Randy Rhoads (1956-1982) on lead guitar, Blizzard of Ozz launched Osbourne‘s solo career — thanks in no small part to this song, one of Ozzy’s biggest hits.  The recording you hear here is not quite the original version, but it’s as close as you can get these days.  When the bass player and drummer sued Ozzy for unpaid royalties on this song, he had others re-record their parts and all subsequent copies of the song feature the more recently recorded bass and drums.  The vocals and Rhoads’ guitar are, of course, the originals.

13.  Frankenstein Edgar Winter Group (1972)      4:47

A #1 hit in 1973 (and the group‘s biggest hit), “Frankenstein” appears on They Only Come Out at Night and on countless hit collections, soundtracks, etc.

14.  Pet Sematary (Single Version) Ramones (1989)      3:30

Yes, I know that the word “Cemetery” is misspelled, but that’s the way the Ramones spell it.  And they spell it that way because it’s the theme song to the film based on Stephen King’s novel Pet Semetary, a movie I recall seeing in a movie theatre in Rochester, New York, in 1989.  All I really remember about the movie is that Fred Gwynne is in it, living in a rural area on a road where eighteen-wheelers pass by at very high speeds, and that someone is struck by one of these eighteen-wheelers.  ‘Cause, see, there’s also this cemetery where you can bury the dead, and then they come back to life again… only not quite like they were before….

15.  The Devil Went Down to Scunthorpe Toy Dolls (1997)      3:28

Sure, you know the Charlie Daniels Band‘s hit, “The Devil Went Down to Georgia.”  But have you heard the Toy Dolls‘ version?  No?  Well,… enjoy!

16.  Sympathy for the Devil The Rolling Stones (1968)      6:19

… in which Mick Jagger sings from the point of view of the Devil.  The song opens side A of the Stones‘ record Beggars Banquet.

17.  Hayride to Hell Hoodoo Gurus (1985)      3:17

A great Australian band, the Hoodoo Gurus gained a following on U.S. college rock radio in the 1980s.  Mars Needs Guitars! (which includes this song) is a great rock-n-roll record — which, back in the day, I bought on cassette.  The album also includes the better-known songs “Bittersweet” and “Poison Pen.”

18.  The Monster Song Psapp (2008)      3:28

From Psapp‘s fourth full-length album, The Camel’s Back.

19.  Turn Around They Might Be Giants (1992)      2:53

If asked to name a favorite band, They Might Be Giants would be my answer.  This song comes from Apollo 18, the group’s fourth album — though, then, they were not so much a group as a duo.  On their next album, the pair that had (on its first record) mocked itself as a “Rhythm Section Want Ad” added a full backing band.

20.  Lullaby The Cure (1989)      4:10

From the band‘s pop-goth epic, Disintegration.  If I remember correctly, “Lullaby” was actually the first single off of the record.  Or perhaps it was “Fascination Street”?  Well, whichever it was, the album’s big hit was “Love Song.”  But this song’s a good one, too.

21.  If You Take Away the Make-Up (Then The Vampires They Will Die) Tullycraft (2007)      1:43

From Every Scene Needs a Center, the band‘s last and (as of this writing) latest album.

22.  Walking with a Ghost Tegan and Sara (2004)      2:30

From So Jealous, Tegan and Sara‘s fourth album.

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