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Halloween Spooks Outside My Window


Today’s assignment:  the perfect ghosts and goblins playlist.


Comment from Sparky P.
Time: October 31, 2007, 2:52 pm

(before anyone else jumps on this)
Personal list, played this morning or later this afternoon:
JS Bach: Tocatta & Fugue in d minor (ignoring the “Phantom of the Opera” syndrome, it’s just plain ominous)
George Crumb: Black Angels (Concord Quartet VoxBox recording)
The Who, Boris the Spider
Frank Zappa, You Can’t Do THAT on Stage Anymore, Vol.6, the 1984 Hallowe’en show
Bobby “Boris” Picket, The Monster Mash (like you cannot have Christmas without Silent Night, or Thanksgiving without “Over the river and through the woods”)

And from KFOG, San Francisco (played at 10AM):
1. Marilyn Manson – This is Halloween
2. Rolling Stones – Dancing With Mr. D.
3. Oingo Boingo – Dead Man’s Party (BEST OF SET!!)
4. Screamin’ Jay Hawkins – I Put a Spell on You
5. Donovan – Season of the Witch
6. Michael Jackson – Thriller
7. David Bowie – Scary Monsters (and Super Creeps)
8. Johnny Otis – Castin’ My Spell
9. Fleetwood Mac – Black Magic Woman
10. Concrete Blond – Blood Letting

BONUS TRACK: Ministry – Every Day is Halloween

(NP: Morton Feldman: Why Patterns? (I need to concentrate on work right now))

Comment from zeno
Time: October 31, 2007, 3:23 pm

Nationalism ascendant:

Whereas on American Labor Day (September 3), WETA/WGMS-FM, in Washington, D.C., played absolutely no American classical or popular music; today, Halloween, the station is playing Edward McDowell’s Hexentanz (two times), Bill Bolcom’s Graceful Ghost Rag, and George Gershwin’s Cuban Overture.

Apparently, no time — or spirits — for Charles Ives’s Halloween or Unanswered Question (both of which our Oakland Youth Orchestra played for Herbert von K., in Berlin, years ago.)

[This no doubt means that the next three or four days will be with absolutely no American classical music on WETA/WGMS.]

Comment from Jerry Bowles
Time: October 31, 2007, 3:26 pm

For me, the Thanksgiving must is Arlo’s Alice’s Restaurant. Surprised that KFOG didn’t include Warren Zevon’s Werewolves of London.

Comment from Sparky P.
Time: October 31, 2007, 3:48 pm

Well, when you have only ten songs to play (at 10:00 AM, called the “10@10″), sacrifices must be made (in previous Hallowe’en 10@10, there has been Zevon, some of the soundtrack from “The Nightmare Before Christmas” and “I Want Candy”, whether by Dr. Strangelove or Bow Wow Wow).

Comment from Joseph Benzola
Time: October 31, 2007, 4:28 pm

The whole of Albert Ayler’s album Witches and Devils should be enough to scare most of the moral majority but the one album (CD) that should win the award is Roky Erickson’s solo album, The Evil One. The titles include:

1 Two Headed Dog (Red Temple Prayer)
2 I Think of Demons
3 Creature with the Atom Brain
4 Wind and More
5 Don’t Shake Me Lucifer
6 Bloody Hammer
7 Stand for the Fire Demon
8 Click Your Fingers Applauding the Play
9 If You Have Ghosts
10 I Walked With a Zombie
11 Night of the Vampire
12 It’s a Cold Night for Alligators
13 Mine Mine Mind
14 Sputnik
15 White Faces

And if your in the mood for some cinema….The Films of Kenneth Anger Volumes I & II should do nicely. Party on baby!!!

Comment from David Salvage
Time: October 31, 2007, 7:37 pm

The only scary piece I know:

Sciarrino: Infinito Nero


Comment from Rodney Lister
Time: October 31, 2007, 7:55 pm

Andreissen–Trilogy of the Last Day
Peter Maxwell Davies–The Devils
Birtwistle–The Triumph of Time
Stravinsky–L’histoire du soldat

Comment from Matt VB
Time: October 31, 2007, 10:01 pm

Henry Cowell — The Banshee!
Turn out the lights and let ‘er rip.

Comment from everette minchew
Time: October 31, 2007, 10:52 pm

I always listen to Thriller on Halloween.

Comment from Steven
Time: October 31, 2007, 10:56 pm

The George W. Bush playlist (real, honest to goodness soulless music! Or at least music that has had the soul sucked out of it. Bleh! Bleh!):

John Fogerty: Centerfield
Van Morrison: Brown-Eyed Girl
Stevie Ray Vaughan: The House is Rockin’
The Knack: My Sharona
Blackie and the Rodeo Kings: Swinging from the Chains of Love

Comment from Jay Batzner
Time: November 1, 2007, 9:06 am

Symphonie fantastique, Night on Bald Mountain, Chion’s Requiem, and the War of the Worlds broadcast recording.

Then, at dawn, Gorecki 3.