October 17, 2010
Following is a list of videos I'm enjoying watching and listening to while I'm working on Dark Side of the Net in another window. It's not meant to be a comprehensive "list of Goth Halloween songs," nor is it good to use as a Halloween party playlist. The tempos are too varied - some songs are loud, hard and fast, others are dreamy, slow and soft.
1. Ministry - Every Day is Halloween
It's not really Halloween until you've danced around to this song!
2. Marilyn Manson - This Is Halloween (Cover)
OK, try not to freak out that I included a Manson song! 13 million people have viewed this video so there's obviously something cool about it. Intercut with scenes from The Nightmare Before Christmas.
3. Siouxsie and the Banshees - Halloween - Live in 1981
Oh to have been there to see this performance live! Let's see, in 1981 I was in sixth grade.. probably not able to sneak on an airplane and go see this show. Hehe.
4. This is Halloween
Now it's time to revisit the original version!
5. The Cure - Burn
From The Crow soundtrack in 1994.
6. Stephen Lynch - Halloween
A catchy little ditty about a murderous neighbor. Try not to get it stuck in your head!
7. Lil' Red Riding Hood
A slow moving, dreamy cover song that's not too folksy. The vocalist reminds me of Hope Sandoval in a good way. Not too spooky, but something about version this really draws me in.
8. Bauhaus - Bela Lugosi's Dead
The song isn't about Halloween, of course, but you really can't celebrate Halloween fully until you've listened to this song at least twice a day for a couple weeks preceding!
9. Graeme Revell - Bells, Books and Candles
From The Craft soundtrack. Haunting vocals.
10. Waltham - Dead Man's Party
I don't usually like hard rock/metal bands like this, but I enjoy this energetic cover of Oingo Boingo's popular Halloween party song. It's a bit more evil than the original, which is a good thing! Also, you might like to check out this Dead Man's Party cover by Scarlet Letters. Horrible video quality, as it was filmed at a party, but I like the chick's vocals.
11. The Comateens - Munsters Theme
Embedding disabled.. sigh.. The Munsters Theme Cover by Comateens. This just makes me giggle. Such a fun listen!
12. The Gothic Archies - Scream and Run Away
The song is illustrated by clips from the Lemony Snicket movie.
13. Nine Inch Nails - Dead Souls
NiN covering Joy Division for the Crow soundtrack. Also see them play it live at Woodstock 94.
Love Song for a Vampire, by Annie Lennox. The song itself is sort of boring, though I'm a big fan of hers. But the stunning video won me over. Embedding is disabled on this video, which pisses me off.
Happy Halloween season!