I love Halloween! I was up late last night watching t.v. shows about celebrity ghost stories and scary places. I love it. I was telling a friend that part of the appeal of those stories are the people who experience them of course but also the story behind it. It seems that I always hear about the alleged ghosts and what their stories are – it’s usually some part of history. I find the ghosts’ stories are just as fascinating as the being haunted part. Perhaps that’s the journalist in me.
I decided that my love of October and Halloween means there’s going to be an extra select-a-set or three or four. It’ll depend on how much time I end up having. Naturally, the theme is Halloween so it can be just about any spooky or Halloween themed song or group. Let’s get this started huh?
First – “No One Lives Forever” – Oingo Boingo. I grew up listening to this album (“Dead Man’s Party”). This is probably one of the creepiest songs but it’s so perfect for Halloween. It’s not necessarily the obvious choice for werewolves but there is reference to them. This video is something someone else put together but it’s well done. Hope you enjoy!
Second – You can’t have a set of songs about werewolves and not have Warren Zevon’s “Werewolves of London.” It would be blasphemous. This may be what Zevon is best known for, but he did do other music that is wonderful. This song has a catchy beat and is lighthearted despite the topic. It’s always a fun tune to have when throwing a Halloween party.
Third – again, this type of set absolutely couldn’t be complete without Credence Clearwater Revival’s “Bad Moon Rising.” I realize I am actually stretching it by including a song that isn’t actually about werewolves but it’s kind of hard not to make the association when in the title it’s about a bad moon rising – the moon dictates everything when it comes to being a werewolf right? It’s also hard to not make the association with lyrics such as “Don’t go around tonight, well it’s bound to take your life, there’s a bad moon on the rise.” That just “howls” of werewolves to me (okay bad pun but I had to try). It’s another fun tune that just fits any good Halloween party. Fogerty’s vocals and the charming, upbeat rhythm is hard to resist. Enjoy!