Lets face it. Halloween is the nerd holiday. It is the nerd Christmas (unless you are really into action figures and friends and family buy them for you on Christmas, in which case Christmas might be your Christmas, Anyway…) As we all dress up as ghouls, zombies, superheroes, slutty fill-in-the-blank… You need the right music to set the night, right? We are proud to present to you a small gift, a collection of songs we feel you should include in your night of All Hallows’ Eve revelry.
For the record, this is not a list of the obvious. Micheal Jackson’s Thriller, the Monster Mash, Sheb Wooley’s immortal Flying Purple People Eater, you know these ones already. What follows is an attempt to add to the soundtrack of your Halloween night.
Ladies and Gentlemen. In no particular order. The official Nerd Bastards Halloween Mix Tape:
The Talking Heads – Psycho Killer
If you are really looking to creep out someone. Lip sync a l0ng with this song without breaking eye contact with them. If you incorporate in some tribalistic thrusting dance moves in with it and you are officially the scariest person at the party guaranteed. You will win at Halloween.
Squirrel Nut Zippers – Hell
At my best estimation, your average day in Hell involves a lot of brass instruments. the Squirrel Nut Zippers are a band that belongs there and I mean that in a good way! I must also point out that we have been cheated, see the band made an amazing video for the above song that is apparently not available anywhere on the internet. Anything I found had the audio stripped out. Now I am not advocating internet piracy, but… had I been able to share with the people that amazing video… well anyway thank you Dave Letterman for being cool enough to not block the performance.
Danny Elfman – Squeezit the Moocher
Hot Damn, the Forbidden Zone, a movie that truly needs to be experienced. Our second big bandish entry, penned buy the same dude that fronted the band Oingo Boingo and writes the score to all the Tim Burton movies. Careful with the above video, it contains boobies a few times. Crap. I should have told you that earlier, shouldn’t have I. Oh well, if you just lost your job due to my error… hey, now you have time to find a copy of the movie and watch it! If you question how it counts as a Halloween track, the song involves boobs, Satan, decapitation and, chickens. That sounds like Halloween to me.
EELS – Fresh Blood
Not only is this EELS song perfect for vampires (sparkling or otherwise), it should also be a hit with zombies. before The Walking Dead hit TV screens, Daniel M. Kanemoto took artwork from the comic books and unleashed this fan made opening credits.
Primus – The Devil Went Down To Georgia
What happens when you take a song written by outlaw country’s Charlie Daniels and give it to San Fran rockers Primus? You get a great addition to your Halloween soundtrack, that’s what. I would also like to direct your attention to another Primus song, Wynona’s Big Brown Beaver. If you are still unsure of what to be for Halloween, I give you weird plastic creepy cowboy.
Alice Cooper – He’s Back (The Man Behind The Mask)
While this is a list meant to broaden horizons (or at the very least the run time of your party soundtrack) and was tasked to avoid the obvious, you simply can not make a list of Halloween songs and not have Alice Cooper. A tie in to the movie Friday the 13th Part VI: Jason Lives, we give you “The Man Behind the Mask” in all it’s grainy VHS tape glory.
Rob Zombie – Mars Needs Women
Everything I said about Alice Cooper applies to Rob Zombie as well, the dude basically lives Halloween 365 days a year. 95% of the music he’s made will work for your Halloween soundtrack. “Mars Needs Women” makes this list on the simple fact that it needed to be Sci-Fi’d up a little. Halloween is not just monsters and ghouls, its aliens, astronauts and if you are lucky, spacewomen (slutty spacewomen to be precise).
DJ Jazzy Jeff & The Fresh Prince – Nightmare On My Street
Trivia Time: Long before Will Smith was a sub-par actor, he was a average 80’s hip hop superstar! Telling the tale of Freddy Kruger from the Nightmare on Elm Street movies in the style of 1988 forgettable pop music. You know the Micheal Bay reboot could have been a whole lot better had they taken some notes from this song.
Captain Clegg and the Night Creatures – Honky Tonk Halloween
Admittedly very obscure and undeniably great, for your consideration here is the pyschobilly band Captain Clegg and the Night Creatures. Rob Zombie gave them the spot light in his movie Halloween II, so if you’ve been wondering who the band was that sang those two weird songs in the movie (assuming you are one of the 20 people that will admit seeing that movie) now you know.
Greenskeepers – Lotion
Closing this mix tape off with alternative indie rockers from Chicago, the Greenskeepers and ‘Lotion’, the ballad off Buffalo Bill. Anyone that can make music based off Silence of the Lambs is good in my books, and you have to admit it is kinda catchy to boot! Admittedly, it’s connection to Halloween might be tenuous. However, gentlemen, if you find yourself stuck for a costume this year… you are just one tuck away from a very memorable one.
So there you have it, a by no means definitive list of music for Halloween. If you have any songs you’d like to add, feel free to sound off in the comments below.