Caroline Richards ’22
Anemone from The Brian Jonestown Massacre
One of the most infuriating and heartbreaking songs ever written in my opinion. It builds like the archetypal horror movie A24: slowly, ominously, and beautifully. Psychedelic rock at its finest. Will give you chills. Will also be stuck in the back of your head whispering to you for the rest of your life.
Love Buzz by Nirvana
Nirvana’s music already contains an element of weirdness given the nature of Kurt Cobain’s death, but even before his death, its lyrics were haunting and characterized by their apocalyptic and disturbing imagery. ‘Love Buzz’ from their 1989 album Bleach is no exception. Angry. Intense. Ax murder.
Heaven Beside You by Alice in Chains
Alice In Chains’ music is ghostly and eccentric as it is, but “Heaven Beside You” is particularly unnerving. Lyrically, it’s both manic and repetitive, making it sound like someone’s out of whack is singing to you; but in the end the ‘I’ became ‘you’ and it is very disturbing. Twisted. Bloody ballad.
Ghost Song by Jim Morrison, The Doors
Taken from the 1978 collaborative album An American Prayer, the voices are mysterious and monotonous; it sounds like the chilling recitation of a poem with unknown meanings. Why is it called “Ghost Song”? Who knows. You can speculate. Off-center, and, well, ghostly.
Hollywood Forever Cemetery sings by Father John Misty
Written about Misty’s experience at her grandfather’s funeral, but it’s more about death, loss, and grief. Lyrically both disturbing and profound. The final repetition of “someone has to help me dig” always freaks me out. Tragic. Full of worldly terror.
Love is blindness by Jack White
You might recognize this one from the Great Gatsby soundtrack. Love Is Blindness is lyrically the epitome of a lover’s existential ramblings. It’s dark, uncompromising and full of angst. Jack White is Spookiness’ darker, defeated cousin. Listen to this when you inevitably hate your Halloween costume and feel emo about it. Or when you are ghosted and/or left reading.
Young Lust by Pink Floyd
Many Pink Floyd songs belong to this list: Time, Brain Damage, Comfortably Numb. But for some reason, this is the one that came to mind when deciding on a scary list. I can’t describe exactly why but it sounds Halloweenie. Really creepy and toxic lyrics. There’s something gritty and creepy about its composition; something about the way the voices seem to resonate behind the instruments. Supernatural and bewitching.
Give Me Shelter by The Rolling Stones
A classic. He had to be on the list. If you don’t already know all the traditions surrounding the production of this song, you should look into it, it will freak you out. Full of unsettling images and that spellbinding iconic guitar. Plus the voice of Merry Clayton. Very strange. Brimming with apocalyptic nuances.