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This week …………. 100 Years of Musical Halloween

1920’s – 2020’s

100 Years of Halloween Music from the 1920’s to the 2020’s from mischief and prankstering to scaring and peekabooing, from spooky to surreal and from frightening to the beyond of disturbing. The usual playlists can be a little boring and seriously overplayed – so below we take a look into some of the more unusual songs that have floated around the graveyard mists and sure, you may recognise some of them …

Hope you enjoy the playlist and let me know your thoughts below!
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Today’s Top Halloween Songs
The 1920’s
Bessie Smith – Send Me to the ‘Lectric Chair – 1927 
“Send Me to the ‘Lectric Chair” is a late-1920s blues song written by composer George Brooks and made famous by Bessie Smith. In the song, a female narrator confesses the murder of a deceitful lover and expresses her willingness to accept her punishment.The song is notable for being among the selections officially banned from being played on radio by the British Broadcasting Corporation.
Bessie Smith – Send Me to the ‘Lectric Chair – YouTube
“The Spell of the Blues” (1929) Tenor Frederick Vettel
The Spell Of The Blues by Frederick Vettel (1929) – Vintage Halloween Music – YouTube
‘TAIN’T NO SIN (To Dance Around in Your Bones)
Taint No Sin by Dan Russo (1929) – Vintage Halloween Music – YouTube
The 1930’s
Heebie Jeebies
The Boswell Sisters
Airshots And Rarities 1930-1935
Boswell Sisters – Heebies Jeebies 1931 – YouTube
Midnight, the Stars and You
Midnight, the Stars and You” is an American popular foxtrot song written by Harry M. Woods, Jimmy Campbell and Reg Connelly and published in 1934.
The Bowlly rendition was used twice in Stanley Kubrick’s 1980 classic horror film The Shining; once in the Gold Room (ballroom) scene, and also over the closing of the film as the camera closes in the protagonist in a photograph from the early 20th century, carrying over into the credits.
Midnight, The Stars, & You ~ Ray Noble & His Orchestra (1934) – YouTube
Chopin’s Ghost – recorded 6/25/1937
Chopin’s Ghost – YouTube
The 1940’s
The Walls Keep Talking by Anita O’Day (1941)
The Walls Keep Talking
Gene Krupa
Gene Krupa – The Walls Keep Talking [Jazz]
The Walls Keep Talking by Anita O’Day (1941) – Vintage Halloween Music – YouTube
Autumn Serenade by The Modernaires (1945)
The Modernaires was an American vocal group, best known for performing in the 1940s alongside Glenn Miller.
Autumn Serenade by The Modernaires (1945) – Vintage Halloween Movies – YouTube
The Headless Horseman by Bing Crosby 
As the film’s animated segments are based on literary works, they are both introduced in live-action scenes set in a library as a framing device. The first segment is introduced and narrated by Basil Rathbone, and the second segment is introduced and narrated by Bing Crosby. Decca Records issued an album called Ichabod – The Legend of Sleepy Hollow featuring Bing Crosby in 1949 to tie in with the release of the film.
The Headless Horseman by Bing Crosby (1949) – Vintage Halloween – YouTube
The 1950’s
Nightmare by Jack Turner (1955)
Will Jack Turner
American Country musician.
Born June 17, 1921 in Haleyville, Alabama – died 1993
Nightmare by Jack Turner (1955) – Vintage Halloween Music – YouTube
Music To Be Murdered By … 1958
Music To Be Murdered By · Alfred Hitchcock · Jeff Alexander
The album’s title, cover art, and concept are inspired by Alfred Hitchcock and Jeff Alexander’s 1958 spoken word album Alfred Hitchcock Presents Music to Be Murdered By. The album was supported by two singles: “Darkness” and “Godzilla”.
Music To Be Murdered By – YouTube
The 1960’s
Beware – Bill Buchanan (1962)
His most famous composition took place in 1956, when he and Dickie Goodman created the sound collage “The Flying Saucer”. After Buchanan and Goodman severed their partnership in 1959, Buchanan later wrote the song “Please Don’t Ask About Barbara” for Bobby Vee.
Beware – YouTube
Mr. Were-Wolf – The Kac -Ties (1963)
The Kac-Ties originated in Brooklyn, New York and were considered a premier singing group.
The Kac -Ties – Mr. Were-Wolf – YouTube
Dracula’s Daughter – Screaming Lord Sutch (1964)
David Edward Sutch (10 November 1940– 16 June 1999), also known as 3rd Earl of Harrow, or Screaming Lord Sutch, was an English musician and serial parliamentary candidate
Screaming Lord Sutch – Dracula’s Daughter – YouTube
The 1970’s
Grave Yard Creep – James Duhon (1974)
Gravey Yard Creep – YouTube
The Time Warp – Rocky Horror Picture show (1975)
“Time Warp” is a song featured in the 1973 rock musical The Rocky Horror Show, its 1975 film adaptation The Rocky Horror Picture Show, and a 2016 TV production. The name is also used for the dance performed during the chorus of the song.
Rocky Horror Time Warp – YouTube
Bela Lugosi’s Dead – Bauhaus (1979)
“Bela Lugosi’s Dead” is a song by the English post-punk band Bauhaus. It was the band’s first single, released on 6 August 1979 by record label Small Wonder. It is often considered the first gothic rock record
Bauhaus – Bela Lugosi’s Dead – YouTube
The 1980’s
Halloween – Siouxsie The Banshees (1981)
Juju is the fourth studio album by English rock band Siouxsie and the Banshees. It was recorded at Surrey Sound studio with Nigel Gray as co-producer, and was released on 19 June 1981 by record label Polydor. Two singles were released from Juju: “Spellbound” and “Arabian Knights”.
Siouxsie The Banshees – Halloween – YouTube
The Funeral Party – The Cure (1981)
Faith is the third studio album by English rock band The Cure, released on 14 April 1981 by Fiction Records. The album saw the band continuing in the gloomy vein of their previous album Seventeen Seconds (1980), which would conclude with their next album Pornography (1982).
The Cure – The Funeral Party – YouTube
Every Day is Halloween – Ministry (1987)
“All Day” and “(Every Day Is) Halloween” are songs by American band Ministry, both written and produced by Al Jourgensen.
Ministry – Every Day Is Halloween – YouTube
The 1990’s
Addams Groove – MC Hammer (1991)
“Addams Groove” is a single performed by hip-hop artist Hammer that was released as the theme song to the 1991 film The Addams Family. The song was his last top ten hit in the United States and was the recipient of the Golden Raspberry Award for Worst Original Song at the 12th Golden Raspberry Awards in 1991.
MC Hammer – Addams Groove [HQ Video] – YouTube
Type O Negative – Black No. 1 (Little Miss Scare -All) (1993)
Type O Negative was an American gothic metal band formed in Brooklyn, New York in 1989, by Peter Steele (lead vocals, bass), Kenny Hickey (guitar, co-lead vocals), Josh Silver (keyboards, backing vocals), and Sal Abruscato (drums, percussion), who was later replaced by Johnny Kelly.
Type O Negative – Black No. 1 (Little Miss Scare -All) [OFFICIAL VIDEO] – YouTube
Voodoo – Godsmack (1997)
“Voodoo”, written by lead singer Sully Erna, is a single by alternative metal band Godsmack from their selftitled album. The song “Voodoo” was best known for its use in the MTV television program Fear.
Godsmack – Voodoo (Official Music Video) – YouTube
The 2000’s
Get ur Freak On – Missy Elliot (2001)
“Get Ur Freak On” is a song by American recording artist Missy “Misdemeanor” Elliott. It was written and produced by Elliott and Timbaland for her third studio album Miss E… So Addictive (2001). Based on heavy bhangra elements, a popular music and dance form from the Punjab state of India
Missy Elliott – Get Ur Freak On [Official Music Video] – YouTube
She Wolf – Shakira (2009)
“She Wolf” is a song by Colombian singer and songwriter Shakira, taken from her eighth studio album of the same name (2009).
Shakira – She Wolf – YouTube
Mirror’s Image – The Horrors (2009)
Primary Colours is the second studio album by English rock band The Horrors. It was released in the US on 21 April 2009, and in the UK on 4 May 2009 by XL Recordings.
The Horrors – “Mirror’s Image” official music video premiere – YouTube
The 2010′ – 20s
Howlin’ For You – The Black Keys (2010)
“Howlin’ for You” is a song by The Black Keys from the band’s sixth album, Brothers.
The Black Keys – Howlin’ For You [Official Music Video] – YouTube
You’ve Seen The Butcher – Deftones (2010)
“You’ve Seen the Butcher” is a song by the American alternative metal band Deftones. It was the fourth and final single released from their sixth studio album, Diamond Eyes (2010). The song memorably uses unusual time signatures
Deftones – You’ve Seen The Butcher [Official Music Video] – YouTube
Sympathy for the Devil – The Rolling Stones (2016)
“Sympathy for the Devil” is a song recorded by the English rock band the Rolling Stones. A product of Mick Jagger and Keith Richards’ songwriting partnership, it is the opening track on their 1968 album Beggars Banquet.
The Rolling Stones – Sympathy For The Devil (Official Lyric Video) – YouTube
Halloween – John Carpenter (2018 [1978])
Halloween is a soundtrack album composed and performed by John Carpenter, featuring the score to the 1978 film Halloween. It was released in Japan in 1979 through Columbia Records and in the USA in 1983 through Varèse Sarabande. An expanded 20th Anniversary Edition was released in 1998 through Varèse Sarabande. In 2018, an LP was released by Mondo Records featuring mono tracks taken from the original 35mm stem of the film and for the first time features the music as originally heard in theaters and on the earliest VHS releases of the film.
John Carpenter – Halloween 1978 (main Theme) – YouTube
Bad Guy – Billie Ellish (2019)
“Bad Guy” (stylized in all lowercase) is a song recorded by American singer Billie Eilish. It was released on March 29, 2019, through Darkroom and Interscope Records, as the fifth single from Eilish’s debut studio album, When We All Fall Asleep, Where Do We Go? (2019). Eilish and her brother Finneas O’Connell co-wrote “Bad Guy”, with the latter producing it and the former providing additional production. The song was described as electropop, dancepop, pop-trap, and nugoth pop in press reviews, for which synth bass, a kick drum, finger snaps and 808 bass provide minimalist instrumentation. During the song’s lyrics, Eilish taunts her lover for being a bad guy although suggesting that she is more resilient than he is, and further touches on themes about misandry and sarcasm.
Billie Eilish – bad guy – YouTube

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19 thoughts on “Down Memory Lane

    1. Hey Eugenia 🙂

      Happy Saturday to you.

      I was thinking about you in the shower this morning [yeah yeah that sounds wrong], but l was wondering why l hadn’t seen you.

      WP has a lot to answer for l feel – but you are here now 🙂

      1. I’ve had the same issue with others that I follow. In fact, it happens with one blogger that I follow repeatedly. I’ve bookmarked a few regulars that I follow in case WP glitches again and I’ll add your blog to the list. Btw, is your blog .com or .org or neither? I’m considering moving to .org.

    1. Hey Geoff, l guess it all comes down to how one defines ‘cool stuff’. I see Grace below thinks everything is pretty awful. Thank goodness we are all different 🙂

  1. Wow you put a lot of work into this! Aside from the Bessie Smith song those have got to be some of the worst bits of music that I have ever heard! LOL (I truly did laugh out loud, or maybe it was a groan?)

      1. I try to have a sense of humor about music I don’t like because I do like to laugh, as much as I like to 💃 And everyone knows I love to 💃

        1. Sweetie, I can get a laugh out of just about anything…Did I ever tell you the story about choosing my father’s casket? Much hilarity ensued…

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