Thursday, October 30, 2014

October's Underappreciated Music: Halloween Songs


Since I've been doing the Countdown back in 2009, I've sharply increased my time spent listening to Halloween music. Of course, there's not much music out there specifically written about and for Halloween itself, but there certainly is if you expand the definition of the term to mean any music that is spooky, horror-themed, or monster-themed. Once you do that, you can have yourself a full-on Halloween hootenany! Here are some of a few of my favorites, not including the usual suspects such as "Monster Mash" and "Ghostbusters."

Bert Convy, "The Monster Hop"

I loved this song the first time I heard it. The music is fun and makes you move, but still has a touch of thrill and urgency to it. The late Bert Convy, most famous for his hosting duties on various game shows such as Win, Lose, or Draw, takes this novelty song and adds real drama to it, selling the sizzle. What a fun record!



Dave Gardner, "Mad Witch"

Before he became better known as Southern comedian Brother Dave Gardner, Gardner recorded a couple of obscure vocal records, one of which is this unusual song, describing a victim's experience at the hands of "the Devil's wife." It's a rhythmic, bass-driven song that grabs your attention right away and never lets go.



Kip Tyler, "She's My Witch"

A slow, sultry rockabilly tune. Any strip club not using this song in their October performances is doing it wrong.



The Ran-Dells, "The Martian Hop"

This is a fun, all-ages novelty tune perfect for any grade schooler's Halloween party.



Speak Low, "Thriller"

Finally, here is an awesome cover of Michael Jackson's "Thriller" by Spanish funk band Speak Low. It has a funky retro-70s feel to it that adds a whole new dimension to the familiar song. Put on your leisure suit and medallion before dancing to this one!



Well, tomorrow's the big day! Get ready!

Wednesday, October 29, 2014

Halloween Images and Gifs


One of the joys of surfing the Web during Halloween season is coming across some awesome artwork, images, and animated gif files. I've amassed a nice collection over the years, and I add to it all the time. Here is just a small sample of what I have!

















Many of these can be found at my (relatively) new Tumblr site, Me and You Too.  Give it a try. Thanks!

Tuesday, October 28, 2014

Tuesday's Overlooked Film: The Haunted Castle


Today features the last Tuesday's Overlooked Film in this year's Countdown, and it may also be the shortest I've ever posted--a mere three minutes! But what happens in those three minutes is pretty cool, especially since it was made in 1896!

The Haunted Castle (also known by several other names) was made by Frenchman Georges Melies, creator of the famous A Trip to the Moon, and features a nobleman being tricked and toyed with by the Devil in a, well, a haunted castle. There are many instances of people and props appearing and disappearing instantly, much to the nobleman's chagrin. It's intended to be funny rather than scary, but it definitely fits the Halloween spirit. It's interesting to see these kinds of special effects this early in the history of film.

Enjoy!


Monday, October 27, 2014

Three Stooges, "If A Body Meets A Body"


Five days left! I hope I've been keeping you in the spirit of Halloween this month. If not, perhaps some high culture will amuse you. Culture that can only be brought to you by The Three Stooges!

In "If A Body Meets a Body," the boys go to a will reading for a departed rich relative of Curly in the hopes of amassing a fortune. However, they must spend the night in the relative's spooky mansion with a host of murder suspects! Comedy ensures. Enjoy!

Friday, October 24, 2014

BJ and the Bear, "BJ and the Witch"


It's the last weekend before Halloween! Time's a wastin' if you want to get your hayrides and pumpkin carving in before the big day. And what better way to give yourself a kick in the pants than with an episode of BJ and the Bear?

For those who aren't familiar with it (which means everyone under 40 years old), BJ and the Bear was a show from the late 70s about a freelance truck driver and his pet chimpanzee. It was the 70s, what can I say? In this episode, BJ's truck breaks down in a conservative Christian town looking to throw out a woman who practices witchcraft. BJ, of course, falls for the woman and does his best to protect her.

[In my best Count Floyd voice] "Ooooh, scary, kids!"

Enjoy!

One more thing: please enjoy my new Tumblr site Me and You Too, which has plenty of cool Halloween images for your liking. Thanks!


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