Halloween music, all mixed up


Ever since Malinda told us about SpotDJ over the summer, I’ve been spending far
too much time making mix tapes. I think part of the appeal is that when
I was of mix-tape age, the technology was not friendly to such an endeavor.
Making any kind of compilation required finding a stereo that had both
a turntable and cassette recorder, then painstakingly finding songs
on records and recording them to cassette. You young’uns have it so
easy. And yes, I did have to walk to school in the snow.

Anyway, what better reason
to make a mix tape than Halloween? I started with the intention
of doing an all-female mix. For reasons I don’t care to explore, the
first song I thought of was "The End" by Nico. And

Pat Benatar‘s "Hell Is for Children." When did Benatar
start looking like this?

Bjork is always kind
of scary, and "Ancestors" is a great Halloween song. And nothing
says horror like "Rawhead and Bloody Bones" by Siouxsie

& the Banshees.

But when I went to make the
mix, I hit a snag. Most of the songs I wanted weren’t available via
SpotDJ. And honestly, could you imagine a Halloween mix without "Thriller?"
So, I decided to fill in with songs loved by a woman, namely me.

1. "Thriller" —
Michael Jackson

The ultimate Halloween classic
from a truly scary dude.

2. "Psycho Killer"
Talking Heads

Tina Weymouth‘s driving
bass mirrors the disturbing voices in the head of a serial killer.

3. "Zombie" —


The zombies in this song are
those who mindlessly kill innocents in war. More frightening than ever.

4. "Black Magic Woman
Gypsy Queen" — Santana

Is it just me, or does this
remind you of Alice and Tasha?

5. "Everyday Is Halloween"

"I live with snakes and
lizard and other things that go bump in the night ’cause to me every day
is Halloween."

6. "Army of Me" —

The rhythm and the metal give
this song a horror track sound to me.

7. "Voodoo Child"
Jimi Hendrix

8. "Wild Thing" —
ZZ Top

9. "People Are Strange"

the Doors

10. "Witchy Woman"

These four songs are here because
I love them. ‘Nuff said.

11. "Love Song for a Vampire"
Annie Lennox

From Bram Stoker’s Dracula.

12. "Sally’s Song"
Fiona Apple

This version was on the special-release Nightmare Before Christmas CD.

13. "This Is Halloween"
The Nightmare Before Christmas

Watching Nightmare is
a Halloween tradition.

14. "Time Warp" —

The Rocky Horror Picture Show

It’s the pelvic thrust that
really drives me insane.

15. "Halloween
Theme" — John Carpenter

The original. The

Jamie Lee Curtis. The end.

What did I miss? What’s on
your Halloween mix tape?

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