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Sixteen Songs To Send Shivers Down Your Spine

Wednesday, October 29, 2014

            People, heed our warning. We’re not joking around. These songs are creepy and freaky and not to be trifled with. If you’re at all faint of heart, just skip back and listen to last week’s fun Halloween play list. What’s that you say? You know some of these songs and don’t think they’re scary? That’s exactly what we said until we really listened to these songs. Now we can’t sleep at night…

            To ease the grim dread a bit, we’ve paired each horrific song with a fun epitaph, because what could be more cheerful than funny final words chiseled on tombstones, right? As for the music, Tom Waits sets the stage with his first of two on this list but we could have added at least a dozen of his songs, to be honest with you. From there we ease you in with bizarre ramblings from The Lizard King and a haunting tune from our beloved Vandaveer. The list heads downhill once The Violent Femmes start murdering their offspring. After Warren Zevon cheerfully details the development of a psychopath, Aphex Twin gives voice and a beat to horrific inner demons. The Decemberists one up The Violent Femmes who seem like parents of the year as their protagonist snatches the lives of his children without remorse. Nick Cave is full of menace and Black Sabbath summons Satan. Lisa Germano gently presents a soundtrack for our nightmares before Sonic Youth revisits Charles Manson’s bloody rampage. Misfits are disturbing, and we’re not quite sure what Liars are putting down but we know we don’t want to be there. Bauhaus spends a lot of time building creepy tension for the entrance of Count Dracula, and Swans are just an unholy mess. We wrap the list with Tom Waits again, delving deep into our darkest fears. If you have the stomach for it, we’ve added even more depravity to the Spotify list below.

Good luck, brave souls. Happy All Hallows! 

1. Murder In The Red Barn – Tom Waits
Looked up the elevator shaft
to see if the car
was on the way down.
It was
.”
- Harry Edsel Smith, near Albany New York

2. Not To Touch The Earth – The Doors
Here lies the body of Mary Ann Ford,
We trust her soul is with the Lord,
But if she’s missed of eternal life,
It’s better than being John Ford’s wife
.”
- Sowersby, England

3. Marianne, You’ve Done It Now – Vandaveer
Here lies a man named Zeke
Second fastest draw in Cripple Creek
.”
- Cripple Creek, Colorado

4. Country Death Song – Violent Femmes
Here lies the body of our Anna
Done to death by a banana
It wasn't the fruit that laid her low
But the skin of the thing that made her go.

- Enosburg Falls, Vermont

5. Excitable Boy – Warren Zevon
Here lies the body
of Arkansas Jim.
We made the mistake,
But the joke's on him
.”
- Culver City, California

6. Come To Daddy – Aphex Twin
Here lies Lester Moore
Four slugs from a .44
No Les No More.

- Tombstone, Arizona

7. The Rake’s Song – The Decemberists
Pease is not here,
Only his pod.
He shelled out his Peas
And went to his God
.”
- Ezekiel Pease, Nantucket, Massachusetts

8. Red Right Hand – Nick Cave and The Bad Seeds
Bill Blake
Was hanged by mistake
.”
- Boot Hill Cemetery, Tombstone, Arizona

9. Black Sabbath – Black Sabbath
Here lays Butch,
We planted him raw.
He was quick on the trigger,
But slow on the draw
.”
- Silver City, Nevada

10. … A Psychpath – Lisa Germano
Stranger tread
This ground with gravity.
Dentist Brown
Is filling his last cavity
.”
- Edinburgh, Scotland

11. Death Valley ‘69 – Sonic Youth
Here lies Henry Blake
He stepped on the gas
Instead of the brake
.”
- Uniontown, Pennsylvania

12. Skulls – Misfits
First a Cough
Carried Me Off
Then a Coffin
They Carried Me Off In.

- Boston, Massachusetts

13. It Fit When I Was A Kid – Liars
Once I wasn't
Then I was
Now I ain't again
.”
- Arthur C. Homan, Cleveland, Ohio

14. Bela Lugosi’s Dead - Bauhaus
Here lies Elizabeth,
my wife for 47 years,
and this is the first damn thing
she ever done to oblige me
.”
- Streatham Churchyard, England

15. Where Does A Body End - Swans
His foot is slipt
and he did fall.
"Help; Help" he cried
and that was all
.”
- Joseph Crapp, Cornwall, England

16. What’s He Building In There – Tom Waits
Come blooming youths, as you pass by,
And on these lines do cast an eye.
As you are now, so once was I;
As I am now, so must you be;
Prepare for death and follow me
.”
To which someone added:
To follow you
I am not content,
How do I know
Which way you went
.”
- Effie Jean Robinson, Waynesville, North Carolina

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