Friday, October 30, 2009
A Go-Fidelity Halloween.
And now, a few terrifying tunes to complement your hellish Halloween experience.
First up is an enjoyably creepy Poppy Family song, "Where Evil Grows." That minor-keyed melody and disturbing subject matter should be just enough to make your skin crawl:
"Where Evil Grows" - the Poppy Family
Lavern Baker makes black magic sound downright appealing in this next track. The girl's got boogie in her bones:
"Voodoo Voodoo" - Lavern Baker
This is a zany Joe Meek production (weren't they all?) featuring fuzzy guitars and a multitude of graveyard sound effects. Like all great works of horror, this recording was followed up with a sequel, "Return of the Vampire."
"Night of the Vampire" - the Moontrekkers
Speaking of instrumentals, this rocked-up arrangement of "In the Hall of the Mountain King" is a true lost classic of the British Invasion - even the Beatles were fans. In fact, this band's horn section ended up on "Good Morning Good Morning." See if you recognize them:
"In the Hall of the Mountain King" - Sounds Incorporated
I'll leave you with a song that I consider one of the creepiest ever. Pat Hare's "I'm Gonna Murder My Baby" is so sonically disturbing that Robert Palmer (no, not that one) discussed its distortions in his essay "The Church of the Sonic Guitar." Lyrically, though, it's just as violent. We listen as Hare pleads his case, proclaiming that he's "gonna kill her tomorrow." The kicker? He soon went to jail for--you guessed it--murdering his baby.
"I'm Gonna Murder My Baby" - Pat Hare