And Lux Interior’s last line (“Sorry, I asked before”) is probably the same answer all of these people will feel when they find out.
Phantom planet “The living dead”
Stubbs the Zombie in Rebel Without a Pulse was an Xbox game, using the Halo engine, that allowed players to take on the role of a zombie determined to devour some of those delicious brains. The game featured a soundtrack from modern alternative bands covering pop songs from the 50s and 60s, but Phantom Planet provided an original track, “The Living Dead,” which begins slowly and menacingly, with vocalist Alex Greenwald setting the scene post. -apocalyptic before the group bursts into verses punctuated by the guitar and a great singing chorus.
The Woggles “the daughter of Dracula”
A fairly self-explanatory title masks an infallible party starter and deeply primitive rock n ‘roll. Sure, it shares a name with a Lifeless Universal 1936 movie, but if that tune doesn’t spill blood, someone needs to check your pulse.
Plus, if the Woggles ever come to your town, don’t miss them.
Roky Erickson “If You Have Ghosts”
Although a little more psychedelic than horrible, the legendary Erickson often dabbled in songs about the invisible. Here his haunted mind is let loose, perhaps literally.
The Ramones’ “Pet Sematary”
Aside from the obvious connection to the novel and the film of the same name by Stephen King, “Pet Sematary” is just one of the countless examples of why the Ramones should have been the greatest band in the world. A perfectly crafted pop song with more guitar and production than some of their more familiar tunes, and those lyrics… nothing is more perfect for Halloween night.
The moon is full, the air is calm, All of a sudden I’m cold Victor smiles, the flesh rots, The skeletons dance, I curse this day, And the night when the wolves cry, Listen close and you can hear me scream.
.45 Serious “Partytime” (Zombie Version)
The hymn of Return of the Living Dead and its many followers play in the minds on repeat for most of October. In case you were wondering, there is a non-zombie version, and that’s pretty terrifying on its own.
Pink Floyd “Watch out for that ax, Eugene”
Before there was a Chainsaw Massacre, Pink Floyd probed the dark side of British psychedelics with this almost instrumental atmosphere. A voice rises with the guitars as the song climaxes. The simple rhythmic bass and drum echoes bring as much tension as Joan Crawford did when she was playing an ax murderer. But it’s that one line of lyrics. Breathtaking in its simplicity. Perhaps the best lyrics written by Pink Floyd and they are great lyricists. The murmur “Watch out for that ax, Eugene” is followed by screams and an explosion of chords.
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I was driving with my daughters listening to this and one of them said, “I don’t know who is screaming, Eugene or the guy who told her to be careful”, but anyway. Nothing and everything is left to the imagination. A very cinematic song.
New York dolls “Frankenstein”
“Frankenstein” isn’t the best New York Dolls song. It’s a bit monotonous, and at six minutes is longer than most of their output. But one of horror’s biggest names is under-represented on this list, and there are still plenty of true vampires blazing Johnny Thunders on guitar.
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