The Halloween Playlist (and some bones to munch)

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Poisoned Toffee Apples by Not Quite Nigella

Happy Halloween, one and all! (If you don’t do the Halloween thing – that’s fine, obviously, but what the hell: why not watch a trashy horror flick anyway? Something like Ginger Snaps; or mainline some eps of Supernatural. You know you want to.)

As for the rest of us: whether you celebrate the event US style with trick-or-treating, Samhain-style with pagan ritual, movie-buff style with a horror film marathon, or just think it’s a great excuse for a party, have a fabulously spooky day/night.

If you’re having a party and looking for some last minute ideas, I can highly recommend Not Quite Nigella’s food blog. She has a recipe for Snow White’s Poisoned Candy Apples, meringue bones, beating heart cupcakes and skull sugar cubes (not to mention the Misfortune Cookies and the Jack Skellington cupcakes!)

Now the food is sorted, what about a playlist? I’ve written about my favourite vampire songs before, but what about the songs about witches, ghosts and werewolves?

Well, here are a few tracks to get you started.

If you want to kick off with something a bit more mellow, there’s Australian band The Devoted Few with Baby, You’re a Vampire, with it’s mesmerising 3/4 beat.

Another waltz-time song that always makes me feel a bit weepy, tell the truth, is Anna Rose by J Minus. I’m not sure it’s strictly a song about a ghost, but it gives me that feeling – a lost love that comes to dance with his girl in her dreams. It’s certainly a haunting of sorts. Here’s a cute fan video I found for it.

 

While we’re on the Halloween Love Song theme, Short Stack says I’ll Be Your Werewolf.

And if you’re really sick of all those sweet, loving monster songs, I hear you – so have a dose of Avenged Sevenfold and their zombie song Not Ready to Die.

If you’d like to end on a more thoughtful but no less creepy mood, I’d suggest Lemon Jelly’s Experiment Number Six. This fanvid uses some great imagery.


Of course, there’s always Spirit Got Lost by Mental As Anything if you want to perk things up a bit. I can’t find a version of the original clip, which was full of skeletons dancing, to embed, but it lives over here. In the meantime, the song:


So there’s a list to kickstart your Halloween playlist. What monsters have I missed (well, I know Frankenstein’s monster isn’t there) and can you suggest songs for them?

New to Kitty and Cadaver? Find out about the project in About Kitty and Cadaver or read the first three chapters at Read the Book.

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I <3 Vampire Songs

I love a good song about vampires. Note I said ‘good’. Things like Dracula, Cha Cha by Bruno Martino are good as novelty songs, but really, I’m all about the heartfelt odes to bloodsuckers of the night.

Back in the day, I was a huge fan of Jon English. He sang songs about murder (Hollywood Seven) and gift-giving for the impoverished and in love (Six Ribbons) – and this lovely song about Carmilla, presumably named for the character in the 1872 novella by Joseph Sheridan Le Fanu. Carmilla predates Dracula by a quarter of a century and is a whole lot more lesbian than Stoker’s book.

(The aspect ratio is out on this video, but the other version I found was out of synch. Sigh.)

Next: okay, it may be obvious, but Sting’s Moon Over Bourbon Street is great. Moody, stylish and full of longing.

Anyone who knows me also knows what a big fan I am of Fall Out Boy. They play with horror imagery all the time, especially in the clips related to their new album, Save Rock and Roll. That album contains Alone Together, with its giveaway lyrics of “we could stay young forever’ and “I’m outside your door, invite me in”. The video is the fourth of the proposed 11, one for each song on the album. The videos viewed together, in order, tell a story. A very worrying story. Possibly of a band that ate a bad prawn before coming up with the idea. (Well, I say that, but I still love the wild excesses of each of the clips. Maybe I just have a thing for Captain Hook!Crazy-Eyes!Patrick Stump.)

But first there was the video for A Little Less Sixteen Candles, A Little More ‘Touch Me’. (Note that it starts with a lot of screaming, so you might want to have the audio down if you’re at work.)

What are your favourite vampire songs! Gimme linkage, people!

New to Kitty and Cadaver? Find out about the project in About Kitty and Cadaver or start from chapter one at Read the Book.