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wonders never cease Wednesday, October 20, 2010

WEDNESDAY, OCTOBER 20th, 2010 bela lugosi's dead!

bela-lugosi But if he is, in fact, undead, then we wish him a happy birthday, and a good evening. On October 20th, 1882, the man who would become Count Dracula was born in Lugos, which is now part of Romania. With All Hallows Eve rapidly approaching and pumpkins multiplying on our neighbors' doorsteps, we thought we'd break out the creepy songs in honor of old Bela.

1. This is Halloween - Danny Elfman
Any song from this brilliant Tim Burton film could qualify for this list, so we present this opening scene for its thematic directness and excellent preamble.

2. Spooky - Classics IV
There's really nothing creepy about this love song, but it still drips the proper ambiance and has a nice creepy video accompanying it .

3. Werewolves Of London - Warren Zevon
We probably could put a whole Zevon play list up here this week, but honorable mention goes to the macabre Zevon tracks Excitable Boy and Roland The Headless Thompson Gunner. We took the easy road and went with the classic.

4. Nightmare on My Street - DJ Jazzy Jeff and the Fresh Prince
A teenaged Will Smith recounting his nightmares while Charlie Brown and the gang await the Great Pumpkin. Too good to pass over.

5. Psycho Killer - Talking Heads
Run, run, run, run away.

6. Hell's Bells - AC/DC
This song has been a bit ruined for us due to the fact that it seems to be blared in every sports stadium at every opportunity, but we decided that we shouldn't hold that against AC/DC since it was the opening track on their first album after the death of lead singer Bon Scott and was apparently written to commemorate him.

7. Ghost Town - The Specials
It's all about the mood on this classic British Ska track.

8. Dead Man's Party - Oingo Boingo
Before he wrote the theme for The Simpsons and the music for tons of movies, Danny Elfman led the Mystic Nights of the Oingo Boingo and they released a pretty good collection of creepy songs in the 80's.

9. Boris the Spider - The Who
A live performance of this Who classic, complete with impromptu tomfoolery by Pete Townsend at the end.

10. Thriller - Michael Jackson
This mini movie launched the king of pop into a new realm of stardom.

11. Tubular Bells - Mike Oldfield
Every person who has seen The Exorcist recounts the creepiest parts as soon as this music pipes in.

12. Bela Lugosi's Dead - Bauhaus
The groundbreaking goth band at their creepiest.

13. The Devil Went Down to Georgia - The Muppet Show
We don't plan to pass up any opportunity to play a clip from The Muppet Show. Get used to it.

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