It’s the most wonderful time of the year (sorry Santa). While I would like to spend every day covered in fake blood and blasting Marilyn Manson, All Hallows Eve is the one day that this becomes socially acceptable. Well almost.
To celebrate both the birth of my blog and the annual night of the dead, I have selected a playlist of songs that I consider to be the ultimate in horrific melodies, complete with over-the-top visual theatrics.
• Alice Cooper – Feed My Frankenstein
The Godfather of shock rock’s classic song deserves the top spot on this playlist, although I admit I can’t listen to it without being reminded of Wayne’s World.
• Rob Zombie – Mars Needs Women
I would have no problem with completing an entire Halloween playlist of Zombie showtunes. But, given the recent release of Hellbilly Deluxe 2 this summer, I figure at least one new song deserves a mention, and ‘Mars Needs Women’ is a perfect example of Zombie’s signature tantalising tongue-in-cheek.
• Marilyn Manson – Dope Hat
Long before Manson started embarrassing himself, he shocked the world with Portrait of an American Family. Manson uses his obsession with Willy Wonka to fabricate Dope Hat’s deliciously creepy video.
• Monster Magnet – Space Lord
With a name like that, it would be criminal not to feature them on this playlist. Monster Magnet are still going strong, and their new album Mastermind was released in October. But ‘Space Lord’ remains the ultimate tune by these stoner rockers.
• Type O Negative – Christian Woman
Sadly, lead singer of this Gothic/Doom band, Peter Steele, passed away this April. ‘Christian Woman’, from Type O Negative’s 1993 hit album Bloody Kisses, is a perfect Halloween classic, with its dark gloomy chords and gothic imagery.
• Nine Inch Nails – Closer
If we’re talking creepy videos, ‘Closer’ is the one to pick from Trent Reznor’s demenented mind. A sleaze rock classic perfect for Halloween debauchery.
• Queens of the Stone Age – You’ve Got a Killer Scene There, Man
Lullabies to Paralyze is an appropriately-named album of chilling tunes, and ‘You’ve Got a Killer Scene There, Man’ is ideal for late-night, candle-flickering creepiness.
• Rob Zombie – Living Dead Girl
To bring this playlist to a suitably spooky climax, a return to master of Halloween melodies is necessary. I’m hoping to see plenty of living dead girls channeling Sheri Moon scouring the streets tonight.
Happy Halloween horror lovers!