Each October we bust out the Halloween playlist: Warren Zevon’s “Werewolves of London,” Edgar Winter’s “Frankenstein,” ‘The Time Warp,” and all the standard fare.
Every now and then, though, especially as an avid read, I want to hear a good story.
Whether gothic ghost stories or trendy zombie tales: I enjoy them all. It’s always a macabre pleasure to run across a new story, or bring back an old one. Here’s five Halloween-worth tales to share during the haunting season, including some to add your music video watch list:
The Classic Ghost Story
“Ghost From the Barrow” by Paddy and the Rats
I’ve been binging this band lately, and this "gothy" tale of love, betrayal, murder and revenge is better than any dime store period romance.
“For the guilty ones, says oracle/ Someone lost from the town/ Just his kilt has been found/ A cold corpse lies in the harbour.”
Seriously, you won’t know weather to run from this guy or date him.
The Serial Cliffhanger
“The Young Blood Chronicles” by Fall Out Boy.
Pop punk band Fall Out Boy deserves some recognition for the turning their album “Save Rock and Roll” into and 11-part story.
There’s a little conspiracy theory, some torture porn, goofy teen angst, some supernatural elements, and even guest stars from Courtney Love and Elton John. Despite Fall Out Boy’s music being a favorite of many younger listeners, some of these chapters are pretty explicit.
Sure, it’s no Stranger Things, but it’s really interesting to see how they tie each of these songs together into one eerie theme.
Start at the beginning, of course, with their familiar hit, “My Songs Know What You did in the Dark”
The “End of the World” Disaster Feature
“Never Say Never” by The Fray
Alt rock band The Fray took what could have been just another sad love ballad and turned it into a disturbing and panicky look at an apocalyptic occurrence.
We’re not sure exactly what the heck is happening, but we only know it’s bad. Oh, so very bad. My bets are it’s a meteor, but it could be the result of global warfare, natural disasters, or alien invasion. Use your imagination.
Whatever you think is causing the panic, one thing’s for sure; this is definitely a better than story than Geostorm!
The Obligatory Zombie Flick
“Zombie” by Jamie T
You can’t have Halloween without zombies, and really who would want to? There are more than enough songs with “Zombie" in the title. There’s Cranberries, “Zombie,” The Hooters “All You Zombies,” John Fogarty’s “Eye of the Zombie,” and I could go on.
This song by British artist Jamie T is about the drudgery of life and love when youth has slipped away, so that thought in itself can be frightening to think about. However, the gruesome, blood-spurting dark humor and fantastic undead make up in the video, turn it into a Sean of he Dead musical revue.
Warning, though, this is insanely catchy. You’ll come seeking zombies, and leave with an earworm firmly implanted in your skull.
The Grindhouse Slasher:
“My Name is Mud” by Primus
Primus is known from their heavy, bass beats dark sense of humor, and “My Name is Mud” has all the element of those 70s era trashy horror double features; including some rather unsettling images.
“We had our words, a common spat/ So I kissed him upside the cranium with an aluminum baseball bat.”
Also, like everything else Primus does, it moves like a heavy train coming right for you!
Follow it up with Primus’s nifty claymation cover of “The Devil Went Down to Georgia” if you want to wash the nasty mud bath pictures from your retina.
“Where you goin’, city folk?”