Thinking of hitting the Halloween streets this year for some gory trick or treating? Well, skip the fake blood and hit pause on the candy. Here’s some of our top Halloween music picks for your ear-bleeding pleasure.
It’s that time of year again where it’s time to share the scare. Halloween is the best time to send some major shivers through your auditory senses thanks to 10 of our spookiest Halloween music picks for 2016. These are tracks that have put the ‘H’ in the word haunted and ‘C’ in creepy. Songs that have made us think of eerie imagery and characters and sometimes even made a few of our hairs curl and wanna grow back inside.
Ladies and gentlemen! Prepare yourselves for a Halloween music list that’ll give you nightmares for years to come.
#10: Throbbing Gristle – Hamburger Lady
These guys were early industrial rock pioneers and while the critics lauded them for their acute, razor-sharp insights into creating music out of the repetitive, monotonous drudgery of modern life, what a lot of people miss is the psychotic nature of their music, no thanks to the digital ramblings of lead vocalist, Genesis P-Orridge on his vibraphone. ‘Hamburger Lady’ is a song tailored for the worst climatic moment’s from Sam Raimi’s cult classic Evil Dead. Dutched, dizzying shots, oddly tilted angles. It’s all here in one weird merry go round.
#9: Oingo Boingo – Flesh and Blood
Danny Elfman is director, Tim Burton’s go-to soundtrack guy, whipping up iconic tunes for most of his movies from Beetlejuice to Batman but not a lot of people know that he was the frontman for quirky American goth weirdo band, Oingo Boingo. This track, which was on their 1990 album Dark at the End of the Tunnel was also featured on the Ghostbusters II soundtrack. Chill your bones with this track called ‘Flesh and Blood’.
#8: Aphex Twin – Come to Daddy
Techno never sounded as manic, psychotic and terrifying as the music of Aphex Twin. Couple that with Chris Cunningham’s brilliantly morbid visual sensibilities, you get the full futuristic horror package deal with ‘Come to Daddy’.
#7: Nick Cave & The Bad Seeds – Red Right Hand
In Red Right Hand by Nick Cave & The Bad Seeds, Nick growls and sneers through a tale of a man who finally meets the Devil (or is it his own inner demons?). The track employs gothic hammond organs to create a layered, textured piece that oozes with creepy imagery, almost as if we are taken by Nick himself by his blood-covered right hand to meet his doomed protagonist. Not a journey one wants to take everyday except maybe on frightful occasions like Halloween.
#6: Nine Inch Nails – The Downward Spiral
If ever there was another David Fincher psychotic thriller to match the epic goryness of Seven, then The Downward Spiral by Nine Inch Nails should be picked as the opening theme to the film. Granted of course, Trent Reznor doesn’t insist on writing an entire new soundtrack because we, the audience, would be happy if he just recycled this one.
#5: Bahaus – Bela Lugosi’s Dead
‘Bela Lugosi’s Dead’ by Bahaus is just the type of song one can picture a triumphant Dracula singing to his fellow vampires at an after-Halloween bonfire party. This song has so much Transylvanian creep swirling through it’s dubbed and distorted atmospheric slide guitar riffs that even Bela Logusi, the iconic actor who played the sleek, irresistible and deadly Count, would raise his glass up in unabashed approval to this classic.
#4: PJ Harvey – Down by the Water
PJ Harvey’s ‘Down by the Water’ is the stuff of sorcery and witchcraft as Polly Jean’s endearing, moaning bluesy vocals resemble that of the ghost of a mother lamenting the murder of her daughter at a lake shrouded in mystery. After listening to this track, one wonders if the body of the blue-eyed girl will ever resurface. Our guess is that it probably doesn’t.
#3: Suicide’s – Ghost Rider
MIA didn’t sample Suicide’s ‘Ghost Rider’ on her disturbing hit single Born Free for nothing. This track throbs with insistent determination: The relentless vengeance-crazy kind displayed by psychotic horror fictional characters like Jason Voorhees from Friday the 13th or Robert DeNiro’s character in Taxi Driver. If rinsed and repeated to infinity on the music player, this could make just about any normal person end up doing time in a padded cell. Yes, even you. *Grin*
#2: The Cure – Burn (The Crow OST)
‘Burn’ by The Cure from the brilliantly edgy and industrial-tinged Crow soundtrack is a song that is a weird combo of horrific elation. It’s victorious in all its gothic glory on the surface and yet, underneath, it’s shattered by tsunami waves of unbearable loss suffered by the graphic novel’s main character Eric Draven. Draven, who along with his fiance, dies tragically in a fire, is resurrected later as The Crow, a vengeance-seeking spirit of the night. “Every night I burn. Every night I scream your name.” Indeed.
#1: Fever Ray – If I had a Heart
‘If I Had a Heart’ by Fever Ray is a song that will transport you straight to a Viking funeral and aptly so because this song is the opening theme to History Channel’s hit series, Vikings. Forget regression therapy. This song will reveal all your past lives and any piece that can resurrect one’s own personal ghosts has got to be at the top of our spooky list.
*This music list will be featured in our next podcast, airing 31 October, on iTunes, so look out for it!