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Saturday, October 30th, 2010

It’s Halloween once again – so here’s yet another picture of a creepy pumpkin. Enjoy!

If you are having some kind of party this weekend, or simply sitting alone carving the words “I will kill again” into the walls, maybe you need some suggestions as to what to listen to. Let’s be honest, Monster Mash is rubbish, so here are a few better spooky tunes

10. Alice Cooper – Feed My Frankenstein. Alice has, of course, made a career out of mixing theatrical horror and rock (“STEVEN!”), but I’m going for this one if only for the lyric “I ain’t evil, I’m just good lookin'”. Features Dream Theater’s Derek Sherinian on keyboards, fact fans!

9. Steve Harley – Mr Soft. Specifically the advert which this track was used on during the 80s, which my wife finds terrifying.

8. Alice In Chains – Frogs. Although grunge bands of the early 90s eschewed many of the tropes of metal, they all seemed to be duty bound to have at least one song about a serial killer. Alice In Chains were always totally metal anyway. I don’t know what this song is about, but it’s creepy as hell, especially on the Unplugged album.

7. HP Lovecraft – The White Ship. Based on the story by HP Lovecraft, but not the same HP Lovecraft. Sure they ripped off the folk-psych bolero of Jefferson Airplane’s White Rabbit, but they did it so well, who’s to argue?

6. Faith No More – Zombie Eaters. This is probably the only song that’s (possibly) inspired by The Small Assassin by Ray Bradbury

5. David Bowie – Please Mr Gravedigger. Like Alice, Bowie has many spooky songs in his canon… Ashes To Ashes, Scary Monsters, Diamond Dogs, that one about the telly that eats his girlfriend… but here’s one of his earlier pieces, which doesn’t feature any music, but has a shit ton of sound effects, and a convincing theatrical sneeze from the future Thin White Duke

4. Tool – No Quarter. Everything Tool does is awesome and creepy. Everything Led Zeppelin ever did was awesome (except All My Love). Tool + Zeppelin = maximum awesomeitude. I will now stop talking like a fourteen year old YouTube Comment writer.

3. Fairport Convention – Tam Lin. There’s witches, ghosts and murder aplenty in traditional folk music, and this is the tale of some fairies getting up to some shit. I’ve never quite understood it, but it’s dramatic and creepy, and it takes place at Halloween. Everyone and his dog have done this song, but extra points if you go for the super obscure Pentangle version!

2. Black Sabbath – Black Sabbath from the album Black Sabbath. METAL! Yes, yes there are plenty of horror themed metal songs. Iron Maiden did Killers, Rush did The Necromancer, and Slayer did their own unique take on The Weather Girls’ classic with It’s Rainin’ Blood. But this is the Ur Text of metal, replete with the sound of pouring rain, doomy bells and Ozzy being menaced by a figure in black (Tony Iommi?).

1. Roger Joseph Manning Jr. – Creeple People. The ex Jellyfish and Imperial Drag guy does the best song never to be in an episode of Scooby Doo. But should’ve been. According to Last.FM, this is my most listened to song ever, or something

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