Songs that go bump in the night

Songs that go bump in the night October 26, 2012

As the riders loped on by him he heard one call his name

Bad Moon Rising,” Creedence Clearwater Revival
Bad Moon Rising,” Rasputina
Bad Moon Rising,” Thea Gilmore
Bela Lugosi’s Dead,” Bauhaus

Bloodletting (Vampire Song),” Concrete Blonde
Dead Man’s Party,” Oingo Boingo
Ghost in the Trees,” Thee Oh Sees
Ghost Riders in the Sky,” Concrete Blonde
Ghost Riders in the Sky,” Johnny Cash
Ghostbusters,” Ray Parker Jr.
Goo Goo Muck,” The Cramps
How Come I Can’t See You in My Mirror?” Tonio K.
Jim Morrison’s Grave,” Steve Taylor
The Killing Moon,” Echo and The Bunnymen
The Killing Moon,” Nouvelle Vague
Moon Over Bourbon Street,” Sting
People Are Strange,” Echo and The Bunnymen
Psycho Killer,” Talking Heads
Rock ‘n’ Roll Ghost,” The Replacements
Scary Monsters (and Super Creeps),” David Bowie
Skeleton Song,” Kate Nash
Spooky Girlfriend,” Elvis Costello
Superstition,” Stevie Wonder
Thriller,” Michael Jackson
Vampiresa Mujer,” Jonathan Richman
Walking With a Ghost,” Tegan & Sara
Werewolves of London,” Warren Zevon
Zombie,” The Cranberries

(“Due to my strong personal convictions, I wish to stress that this list of songs in no way endorses a belief in the occult.”)

I did not purchase the Ghostbusters soundtrack, but wound up with that song from some “movie music” compilation CD. But I do own the soundtrack for The Lost Boys, as everyone should.

Like most people who are not professional party DJs, I do not own a copy of “The Monster Mash.” If called upon for a Halloween mix-tape, I usually substitute “Goo Goo Muck.” Same general vibe, more fun to dance to.

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  • At the Walmart where I work, this summer we had a swim mask that was labeled, “Monster Mask.”  I spent all summer humming “Monster Mash,” only with “mask.”  I was  not sure about what a “graveyard shmask” is, but I did like the sound of “it caught on in a flask.”

  • “Party of the First Part,” Bauhaus
    “Monsters and Angels,” Voice of the Beehive
    “Ghostrider,” Rollins Band
    “The Ghost In You,” Psychedelic Furs (yeah, questionable)
    “Hollow Hills,” Bauhaus
    “Rawhead and Bloodybones,” Siouxsie & the Banshees
    “Worlock,” Skinny Puppy
    “My Wife And My Dead Wife,” Robyn Hitchcock & the Egyptians
    “An Execution,” Siouxsie & the Banshees
    “Dead Souls,” Joy Division (& later NIN)

  • bibulb

    I held a dance a couple of weeks ago with a semi-pre-Halloween theme, and was seriously tempted to make a track that was the very beginning of “Monster Mash”, before being interrupted by Elvis Costello bringing it to a halt and telling the crowd that there’s no reason to do that song here tonight, then launching into “Radio Radio”. Sadly, I was lazy and didn’t bother.

    I did that same gag last year at Christmas with “Jingle Bell Rock”, and it was rather appreciated at the time…

  • Finally, a topic to which my playlist is ideally suited, haha.

    Punk Ass Monster – The Menagerie
    Atomic Superstar – Doctor Steel
    Bad Horse Chorus and Reprise – Dr. Horrible’s Sing-Along Blog Soundtrack
    Bedlam – The Men That Will Not Be Blamed For Nothing
    This Dark and Twisted Road – Abney Park
    Black Magic – Unwoman
    Blood Red – The Men That Will Not Be Blamed For Nothing
    Boogeyman Boogie – Doctor Steel
    Curse of the Crystal Skull – Doctor Steel
    Dementia – HUMANWINE
    Elixir – Professor Elemental
    Exhumed – Doctor Carmilla
    For the Killers – Unwoman
    Free Spirit – The Men That Will Not Be Blamed For Nothing
    Margate Fhtagn – The Men That Will Not Be Blamed For Nothing
    Necessary Evil – The Dresden Dolls
    Science Fiction Double Feature – The Dresden Dolls
    Siren Ship – Unwoman
    Skeleton Dance – Beats Antique
    Victoria’s Secret – The Men That Will Not Be Blamed For Nothing (trust me on this one if you haven’t heard it)
    When You’re Evil – Voltaire
    Zombie Prostitute – Voltaire

  • Alright, before I go looking through my music, I have to post this:

    Thriller… in awesome house form!

    Yeah I know it’s already on the list, but ( ._.) the lights… THE LIGHTS!! Bwahahaha!

  • I actually moved my entire music collection to work in order to have my list handy JUST FOR THIS because it typically posts after I get to work. Of course, now that I’m at work, I simply don’t have time to find video links for all of these songs.

    Nine Inch Nails: Ghosts I-IV (That’s 36 songs)
    “Ghost” – Live
    “Ghost” – VNV Nation
    “Ghost Story” – Sting
    “So Ghostly Then the Girl Came In” – Kate Price
    “Ghost Rider” – Rollins Band
    “Grave” – Hungry Lucy
    “Shallow Grave” – The Birthday Massacre
    “Yeat’s Grave” – The Cranberries
    “Graveyard Picnic” – Voltaire
    “Play Dead” – The Birthday Massacre
    “Living Dead Girl” – Rob Zombie
    “Dead Souls” – Nine Inch Nails
    “Dead Boy” – Toadies
    “Deadlife” – Brainclaw
    “Dead Girls” – Voltaire
    “The Vampire Club” – Voltaire
    “Serial Killer” – VNV Nation
    “A View to a Kill” – Duran Duran
    “The Killing Jar” – Siouxsie and the Banshees
    “Meet the Creeper” – Rob Zombie
    “Creepy Crawling” – Chumbawumba
    “The Scarecrow” – Pink Floyd
    “Eyes of a Stranger” – Queensrÿche
    “Spookshow Baby” – Rob Zombie
    “Shiver” – The Birthday Massacre
    “Horror Show” – The Birthday Massacre

    OK, fine, pretty much anything by The Birthday Massacre or Rob Zombie.

  • Launcifer

    Couldn’t resist after Pepperjackcandy brought it up: The Monster Mash – Bobby Pickett

    Feed my Frankenstein – Alice Cooper.

  • Launcifer

    Actually, just double-checked what’s here so far and, well, I humbly suggest that this might be missing.

  • Jugulator – Judas Priest

    Gallow’s Pole – Demons & Wizards

    Burn in Hell – Judas Priest

    Clint Eastwood – Gorillaz

    Ride the Lightning – Metallica

    I’ll stop there cause if I were to broaden my parameters just a bit I’d be posting gorram everything (cause seriously, when you listen to metal a LOT of stuff can fit a Halloween theme with little effort.)

  • Tofu_Killer

    Some from my list (a few are more of a haunting mood than lyric)

    Blind Blake – Rope Stretching Blues (Parts one and two)

    The Dead Brothers- Death Blues

    Eat – Mr & Mrs Smack

    Lefty Frizzel – Long Black Veil

    Lonnie Johnson – Blue Ghost Blues & Lonesome Ghost Blues

    Love & Rockets – Haunted When The Minutes Drag

    Nick Cave and The Bad Seeds – Lovely Creature

    Robert Johnson – Me and the Devil Blues

    Roscoe Holcomb – Graveyard Blues 

    Siouxsie and the Banshees – 92 Degrees

    Skip James – Hard Time Killin’ Floor Blues

  • Guest

    “Bark at the Moon.”

  • Magic_Cracker
  • Tricksterson

    Fred is a Tonio K. fan.  Fred is a TONIO K FAN!  I thought I was the only person who’d even ever heard of him!  I love you Fred!

  • noyatin

    Bleed 2 Feed –  CD Adcock and the Lafayette Marquis 
    Bones – Little Big Town
    Dracula’s Wedding – Outkast
    Friend of the Devil – Grateful Dead
    Season of the Witch – Donovan, Al Kooper & Steven Stills (Super Session)
    Swampblood – The Legendary Shack-Shakers

    And while the title is innocuous, Mary Gauthier’s “Wheel Inside the Wheel” is my favorite “ghost” song ever.

  • Launcifer

    Found another one, weirdly appropriate:>Walpurgis by Black Sabbath. And, yes, it does sound suspiciously like another famous Sabbath song. This was the original version.

  • Theo Axner

    20 Eyes – the Misfits
    Am I Evil  – Diamond Head
    Astro Zombies – the Misfits
    Bad Moon Rising – Creedence Clearwater Revival
    Bark at the Moon – Ozzy Osbourne
    Boogeyman – Motörhead
    Braineaters – the Misfits
    Chain Saw – the Ramones
    Children of the Grave – Black Sabbath
    Claw – Motörhead
    Creatures of the Night – Kiss
    Dead Man, Dead Man – Bob Dylan
    Die You Bastard – Motörhead
    Frankenstein – the New York Dolls
    Gary Gilmore’s Eyes – the Adverts
    (Ghost) Riders in the Sky – Johnny Cash
    Ghostbusters – Ray Parker Jr
    Ghostbusters – Run-D.M.C.
    Ghouls Night Out – the Misfits
    God of Thunder – Kiss
    Halloween – the Misfits
    The Hammer – Motörhead
    Hellhound – the Misfits
    Herr Holger – Garmarna
    Hop Frog – Lou Reed & David Bowie
    Horror Business – the Misfits
    Horror Hotel – the Misfits
    Horror-Teria: Captain Howdy / Street Justice – Twisted Sister
    House Carpenter – Bob Dylan
    I Turned Into a Martian – the Misfits
    Iron Fist – Motörhead
    It’s Alright Ma, It’s Only Witchcraft  – Fairport Convention
    Killer – the Robots
    Last Caress – the Misfits
    Last Caress / Green Hell – Metallica
    Mephisto Waltz – the Misfits
    Mommy, Can I Go Out and Kill Tonight? – the Misfits
    Mördarvals – Dia Psalma
    Nasty – the Damned
    Night of the Living Dead – the Misfits
    Night of the Living Dead – the Robots
    Night Prowler – AC/DC
    Nightmare/the Dreamtime – Motörhead
    Nosferato – Blind System
    Pet Sematary – the Ramones
    Psycho Killer – Talking Heads
    The Razor’s Edge – AC/DC
    Search & Destroy – Iggy & the Stooges
    Serial Killer – Motörhead
    Skulls – the Misfits
    Something’s Burning, Baby – Bob Dylan
    Teenagers From Mars – the Misfits
    Teenagers From Mars – Backyard Babies
    TV Zombie – the Robots
    Undead Surf-Freaks – the Robots
    Vampira – the Misfits
    Varulven – Cornelis Vreeswijk
    Varulven – Garmarna
    Violent World – the Misfits
    We Bite – the Misfits
    Werewolves of London – Warren Zevon
    What’s He Building in There? – Tom Waits
    You Should Never Have Opened That Door – the Ramones
    Zombie – the Humpers
    Zombie Stomp – Ozzy Osbourne

  • thatotherjean

    Except for “Friend of the Devil,” which isn’t exactly a Halloween sort of song, I have only four:

    “Spooky Little Girl Like You” – The Zombies

    “Zombie Jamboree” – The Kingston Trio
    “Zombie Jamboree” – Harry Belafonte

    “Black Magic Woman” Santana

    And if, like Launcifer, we count instrumental music, there’s:

    Toccata and Fugue in D minor – J.S. Bach

    Tarantelle for Flute, Clarinet and Piano – St. Saens


  • MikeJ

    Most picked only by name, not actual theme:

    I Walked with a Zombie –  Roky Erikson, but I also have versions by REM and Pink Slip Daddy
    Zombie Graveyard Party – Be Your Own Pet
    Zombie Dance – the Cramps (Or really, just anything by the Cramps)
    Brainwashed This Way/Zombie/That Shirt – Meat beat Manifesto
    Haunted House – Garland Jeffreys
    Sort of Haunted House – Too Much Joy
    Spooky New Order
    Spooky Girlfriend –  Elvis Costello
    Spooks – Tom Tom Club
    The Spook – Tsunami (ok, it’s only 22 seconds long, but I like to get Jenny Toomey into the list)
    The Ghost of Rockschool – Belle & Sebastian
    The Ghost Inside – Broken Bells
    Ghost train – Elvis Costello
    ghost Dance – the Cult
    Fear of Ghosts – The Cure
    The Hungry Ghost – the Cure
    Black Ghost – Gay Dad
    Ghost on the Highway – Gun Club
    Ghosts – the Jam
    Your Ghost – Kristen Hersch
    Ghost – Neutral Milk Hotel
    Rock ‘n Roll Ghost – The Replacements
    Ghost Bitch – Sonic Youth
    Ghost Girl – Split Enz
    Ghost of a Friend – Supergrass
    Little Ghost – White Strips

  • Chris de Burgh – “Don’t Pay The Ferryman” & “The Traveler”

  • Jessica_R

    For folks who have Spotify I actually did a playlist, search for Into the Woods by Jessica Ritchey. 

    Tracks include:

    “Sighs” Goblin (Suspiria OST) 
    “The Rhythm of the Heat” Peter Gabriel (Live Blood version) 
    “Le Carnaval De Animaux” 
    “Midnight, The Stars and You” Al Bowlly (the song that plays at the end of The Shining) 
    “Welcome to my Nightmare” Alice Cooper
    “Soul Dracula” Red Blood 
    “The Dark Cyrstal: Oveture and Main Title” Larry Hopkins (The Dark Crystal OST) 
    “Hijo De La Luna” Mecano 
    “Zombi” Goblin 
    “Fiend Discovered and Titles” Marc Wilkinson (Blood on Satan’s Claw OST) 
    “Inferno: Finale” Kieth Emerson (Inferno OST) 

  • MikeJ

    A dreaded sunny day
    So I meet you at the cemetery gates
    Keats and Yeats are on your side
    Wilde is on mine

  • If Tom Lehrer and the Cars were the same band, they’d be Tonio K.

  • Oh, Death – Rising Appalachia
    Cat People – David Bowie, for general spookiness.

  • Andy

    Since thatotherjean mentioned classical pieces, here are a few more that fit:

    Danse Macabre — Saint-Saens
    Scherzo in C-sharp Minor — Chopin
    Totentanz — Liszt
    Mephisto Waltzes — Liszt
    Dante Sonata — Liszt

  • Michael Pullmann

    No “The Curse of Millhaven”? For shame, people.

  • Sam Ashwell

    Deep End, Swollen Members
    Your Teeth in My Neck, Scientist (and the entire album Scientist Rids the World of the Evil Curse of the Vampires)
    Happy Phantom, Tori Amos
    The Unquiet Grave, Kate Rusby
    Living In Sin, Broken Family Band
    Something Wicked This Way Comes, The Herbaliser
    Vampire, Peter Tosh
    Aisha, Death in Vegas
    Village of the Doomed, Chris Vrenna
    Summer Cannibals, Patti Smith

  • Will Hennessy

    Ok, every time I hear that damn Monster Mash, I think of the Simpsons episode where the radio DJs accidentally play it on Valentine’s Day, and then accidentally play it again a week later on President’s Day.

    Also, it’s a little off-topic, but Fred, you are no longer exclusively the Clark that is my hero. Three words: Gary Clark, Jr.

    Maybe it’s not off-topic. It’s scary how good that guy is.

  • Amaryllis

    But gin the auld folks’ tales are richt
    An’ ghaists cam hame on Hallow’n nicht,
    Oh freend, oh freends, what would I gie
    Tae feel yer ask yer hand tae me
    Atween the dark an’ candle licht!

    Bone Chain – Tom Waits
    Cold Grey Fairyland – Deanta
    Don’t Be Afraid of Ghosts – Kathryn Tucker Wyndham
    Fairytale – Enya
    Ghost of Corporate Future – Regina Spektor
    The Ghost That Haunted Bunty – Louis Killen
    The Ghost of Tom Joad – Bruce Springsteen
    Ghosts In the Wind – Richard Thompson
    The Girl With the Swan’s Head – Inge Thomson
    Goblins – The Whisky Priests
    The Griesly Bride – Cindy Mangsen
    The Grey Silkie – Jean Redpath
    Hallowe’en – Jean Redpath
    I Am A Vamp – Ute Lemper
    King of the Fairies – Frank O’Higgins
    Lady Gay – Buell Kazee
    An Leanbh Shidhe (The Fairy Boy) – Seamus Ennis
    Little Ghost – The White Stripes
    Magic – Bruce Springsteen
    The Mermaid – The New St. George
    An Mhaighdean Mhara (The Mermaid) – Altan
    Roland the Headless Thompson Gunner – Warren Zevon
    The Selkie Mother – Tinkers Cuss
    Seven Hundred Elves – Steeleye Span
    Si Bheag, Si Mhor (Little Fairy Hill, Big Fairy Hill) – Planxty
    The Siren’s Farewell – Jennifer Cutting’s Ocean Orchestra
    Song of the Banshee – Sheila Chandra
    Spirits in the Night – Bruce Springsteen
    Spirit on the Water – Bob Dylan
    Store Bought Bones – The Raconteurs
    Tam Lyn – The Watersons
    The Unquiet Grave – The Kossoy Sisters
    Voodoo Queen – Krewe of Renegades
    Walking With a Ghost – Tegan and Sara
    Walking With a Ghost – The White Stripes
    Werewolves of London – Warren Zevon

  • Playlists I came up with for Halloween:

    Ghosts and Revenants

    Now, here’s the thing… I’ve been updating my various playlists as I get more music, adding some tracks and subtracting others.  I’m wondering whether I should make new posts, or just edit the old ones.

  • Keulan

    Zombie Jamboree – Rockapella
    Re: Your Brains – Jonathan Coulton

  • Amaryllis

    And for your visual backdrop, the RaptureReady site offers “Rapture wallpapers.” Including the seasonally appropriate:

  • Andy

    Surprised I haven’t seen this one yet:

    Frankenstein — Edgar Winter Group

    (There’s a New York Dolls “Frankenstein” posted somewhere upthread, but I assume it’s not the same piece.)