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We’re counting down to Halloween. And it is here. No one can prevent that. 

Not even the North American Hallowe'en Prevention Initiative.




Luckily, they’re not actually trying to stop it. It’s a joke song parodying all-star charity songs. But it’s also an actual charity song for UNICEF. And the guest list is pretty impressive. Names you might know include:
  • Win Butler and Régine Chassagne (Arcade Fire)
  • Beck
  • Elvira, Mistress of the Dark
  • Malcolm McLaren
  • Nardwuar the Human Serviette
  • Peaches
  • Jenny Lewis and Blake Sennett (Rilo Kiley)
  • Roky Erickson
  • Thurston Moore (Sonic Youth)
  • Russell Mael (Sparks)
  • Karen O (Yeah Yeah Yeahs)
So there you go.

Happy Halloween, kids.

The writing's on the tombstone,

This is dF


 
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It’s always tempting to give all the traditional Halloween monsters equal representation in a Halloween playlist.

If that’s not an option, of course, you can always go for a one-stop-shop song that puts all of the monsters in one place. Usually at a party. And usually in the late 1950s.

And thanks to Bert Convy, you don’t have to always rely on Bobby “Boris” Pickett for that.



Then again, it’s probably Bobby “Boris” Pickett’s fault this song (and a few dozen more cash-ins like it) even exists.

Monsters ball,

This is dF



 
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And of course you’ve got to have a wolfman for Halloween – even if it’s mainly a metaphorical one.



I chase little bears and I sting the bees,

This is dF



 
defrog: (elvis hell)
A couple of songs back, we heard about the dangers of dating Dracula’s daughter.

Presumably, of course, dating any female vampire is potentially dangerous – but very hard to avoid once she sets her sights on you. As The Dickies will now demonstrate.



See what they did there?

The daughter of the devil and the mother of pearl,

This is dF



 
defrog: (elvis hell)
We’re counting down to Halloween with music here. 

And this wasn’t scheduled for the 2013 Halloween playlist, and I may have even posted it in the distant past as a Halloween song.

But now that Lou is gone, I pretty much have to include it this year.

And if it’s a repeat, screw it. It’s a great song from a great album.


You'll never see those faces again,

This is dF




 
defrog: (elvis hell)
Just like you can't have a Halloween without vampires or Dracula, you can't have a Halloween playlist without Screaming Lord Sutch.



PRODUCTION NOTE: Not to be confused with the recent Redd Kross song of the same name.




She gave me a peck that left me a wreck, 

This is dF
defrog: (elvis hell)
It’s interesting that zombies have become a part of mainstream culture now. It used to be a niche horror gimmick. Now it’s a successful TV series on AMC and a tentpole blockbuster starring Brad Pitt.

You can even do zombie comedies now (see: Shaun Of The Dead, Zombieland). Or even zombie romantic comedies (see: Shaun Of The Dead [again], Warm Bodies).

None of which has anything to do with this song, except it’s about zombies, and we’re counting down to Halloween here.



The weirdest trip they ever laid on me,

This is dF



 
defrog: (elvis hell)
Because dolls are scary.

Sometimes.





Wrap her up in a bullet and shoot her round the world,

This is dF


defrog: (elvis hell)
It’s an unwritten rule that if yr going to do a song about Vampira, you should do it rockabilly style.



Ooo buddy what she do to me,

This is dF



 
defrog: (elvis hell)
Indeed you do.



We’re counting down to Halloween, by the way.

That voodoo you do,

This is dF
 
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greggorysshocktheater: Christopher Lee and the women of Dracula AD 1972

He also bores easily.

Publicity still from Dracula A.D. 1972 

[Via Invasion Of The Coffee Monster and Lust For Dracula, respectively]

In case yr wondering, that’s from this film right here.

Movie poster for the 1972 Hammer Studios film “Dracula A.D. 1972” starring Christopher Lee and Peter Cushing. Click the pic to watch the original theatrical trailer.

Drac digs hot pants,

This is dF


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Meanwhile, outside of Times Square in Causeway Bay, there is this:

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Larger than life,

This is dF


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I took this pic this morning whilst sitting in the local coffee shop in Disco Bay.

Two of these people are corpses. Can you spot them?

SPOT THE CORPSE 01, Pacific Coffee, Discovery Bay, Halloween 2012

Click here for the answer! )


I like my local coffee shop.

Death by coffee,

This is dF


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Spotted at the bus stop this morning: a DIY Halloween flyer from a couple of local kids. 

DIY HALLOWEEN FLYER, Spotted at the bus stop shelter, Discovery Bay, Halloween 2012

PRODUCTION NOTE: Cropped to cut out their address (which they put at the top).

Fright night,

This is dF


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Halloween has arrived. 

And so we’ll end this year’s playlist with a nice Halloween story from Deadbolt – the Scariest Band In The World™ – about a man, a gun and a cursed guitar.




Guns and guitars don’t mix,

This is dF


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Rule 1: Don't open the window.




Rule 2: Don't open the door.




Rule 3: Don't answer the phone.




Rule 4 (and this is the Iron Rule): Don't look in the basement.




Mi casa su casa,

This is dF


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Continuing our music countdown to Halloween:

A reminder to the kids: it’s not a Halloween party until Satan arrives for a game of “Beat The Beast”.



Winner takes all,

This is dF


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Continuing our countdown to Halloween:

As we mentioned last episode, dead girls are easy. But vampire girls are popular.

At least with Jonathan Richman.



Evil now, scary now,

This is dF


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