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

11 Responses to “Halloween Spooks Outside My Window”
  1. Jay Batzner says:

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

    Then, at dawn, Gorecki 3.

  2. Steven says:

    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

  3. I always listen to Thriller on Halloween.

  4. Matt VB says:

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

  5. Rodney Lister says:

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

  6. David Salvage says:

    The only scary piece I know:

    Sciarrino: Infinito Nero


  7. 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!!!

  8. Sparky P. says:

    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).

  9. Jerry Bowles says:

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

  10. zeno says:

    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.]


  11. Sparky P. says:

    (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))