It's almost here, my friends... I'm sure you've been scheming since Labor Day (or earlier, if you're hardcore like that) to come up with ideas for your ultimate Halloween 2011 party theme. Of course, you can't rock the spookhouse without some choice tunes, and I've been spending the past week and a half digging through mountains of CDs, crates of vinyl and various hard drives to find just the right raw material for an all-night Samhain jam.
Now obviously most of these choices come down to my own personal taste, and it's quite possible your idea of what makes for a good ass-shakin' mix might not be in complete sync with my own. But hey, that's groovy by me, and hopefully there's enough tuneful tricks & treats on here to get you started off right. I limited myself only to songs that were horror-linked and mostly danceable (sorry, no "Monster Mash" this year, although I do love that one), but other than that, it's a total free-for-all, so things are gonna get crazy up in here. Check out the goods and tell me what you think!
Below you'll find a bubbling musical cauldron of 99 tunes, including monsters of rock, hip-hop horrors, deadly disco, groovy ghoul-fests and moshpit massacres of every flavor. So many, in fact, I decided to sort them alphabetically, but of course you'll want to shuffle 'em up and see what hits. DJ gotta roll with the house, ya dig? By the way, pretty much every track on this list is available for download from the usual vendors, so you won't have to skip a beat.
AC/DC: "Highway to Hell"
Alice Cooper: "Keepin' Halloween Alive"
Anders Manga: "I Cast You Out"
Anima Morte: "Corridor of Blood"
Aural Exciters: "Goin' to a Showdown" (from Maniac)
Bauhaus: "Bela Lugosi's Dead"
Bella Morte: "Skin"
The Birthday Massacre: "Control"
The Blasters: "Dark Knight"
Blaze Ya Dead Homie: "Deadman Walking"
Blue Oyster Cult: "Don't Fear the Reaper"
Brotha Lynch Hung: "I Plotted (My Next Murder)"
Butthole Surfers: "Who Was In My Room Last Night?"
Calabrese: "Blood of the Wolf"
Cannibal Corpse: "Death Walking Terror"
Claudio Simonetti: Demoni (Main Title)
Combichrist: "Follow the Trail of Blood"
Cornbugs: "Spot the Psycho"
Cradle of Filth: "Temptation"
Cramps: "Sunglasses After Dark"
Creature Feature: "Buried Alive"
The Cure: "Subway Song"
Daemonia: "Mater Tenebrarum"
David Bowie: "Scary Monsters (and Super Creeps)"
Depeche Mode: "Black Celebration"
DieMonsterDie: "Lucky Number 666"
Dio: "Night People"
Echo and the Bunnymen: "The Killing Moon"
Fabio Frizzi: Zombi 2 (Main Title)
Fantomas: "Spider Baby"
Fred Myrow & Malcolm Seagrove: "Phantasmagoria/Silver Sphere Disco" (from Phantasm)
Fred Schneider: "Monster (In My Pants)"
Front Line Assembly: "Plasma Springs"
Gary Numan: "She's Got Claws"
Ghoultown: "Mistress of the Dark"
Giallos Flame: "Subway Stalker"
Goblin: "Sleepwalking" (from Phenomena)
Gravediggaz: "2 Cups of Blood"
GWAR: "Vlad the Impaler"
Horrorpops: "Walk Like a Zombie"
Insane Clown Posse: "House of Horrors"
Iron Maiden: "Flash of the Blade"
John Carpenter: In the Mouth of Madness (Main Title)
Judas Priest: "Love Bites"
Kate Bush: "Hammer Horror"
Kidneythieves: "Before I'm Dead"
King Diamond: "Halloween"
KISS: "Hotter Than Hell"
Lou Reed: "Halloween Parade"
Marilyn Manson: "This Is Halloween"
Metallica: "Am I Evil?"
Michael Jackson: "Thriller"
Midnight Syndicate: "Lost"
Mindless Self Indulgence: "Diabolical"
Ministry: "Every Day is Halloween"
Misfits: "Mommy, Can I Go Out and Kill Tonight?"
Miss Derringer: "Death Car Ride"
Miss FD: "Love Magick"
Mortiis: "Way Too Wicked"
Motley Crue: "Shout at the Devil"
Mr. Hyde: "Braaains!"
Necro: "Technician of Execution"
Necrophagia: "Trick R Treat (The Last Halloween)"
Nekromantix: "Trick Or Treat"
Nine Inch Nails: "Burn"
Oingo Boingo: "Dead Man's Party"
OutKast: "Dracula's Wedding"
Ozzy Osbourne: "Bark at the Moon"
Paul Williams: "The Hell of It" (from Phantom of the Paradise)
Peter Gabriel: "Shock the Monkey"
PIG: "Serial Killer Thriller"
Powerman 5000: "V is for Vampire"
Primus: "Tragedy's a' Comin"
The Prodigy: "Serial Thriller"
Psycho Charger: "Redneck Zombies"
Rammstein: "Wollt Ihr Das Bett In Flammen Sehen?"
Ray Parker Jr: Ghostbusters Theme
Rob Zombie: House of 1000 Corpses (Main Title)
Rockwell: "Somebody's Watching Me"
Rocky Horror Picture Show: "Time Warp"
Rusty Eye: "The Serial Kind"
Sam the Sham and the Pharaohs: "Lil' Red Riding Hood"
Screamin' Jay Hawkins: "I Put a Spell on You"
Siouxsie and the Banshees: "Peek-A-Boo"
69 Eyes: "The Good, the Bad and the Undead"
Skinny Puppy: "Tormentor"
Strapping Young Lad: "Satan's Ice Cream Truck"
Talking Heads: "Psycho Killer"
Velvet Acid Christ: "Wound"
Voltaire: "Land of the Dead"
Warren Zevon: "Werewolves of London"
White Zombie: "I'm Your Boogie Man"
Whodini: "Freaks Come Out at Night"
Young Werewolves: "Zombie Prom"
Did I miss any of your favorites? Well, that's what the comments section is for, cats and kittens... hit me with some prime-time requests and kick this party up!
Oh, and be sure to check out this golden oldie...