Some obscure music for you this Halloween season, Diane:
Rose Kemp, “The Unholy.” Good lord, Ms. Kemp can sing. And this song is creepy, eerie, yet gorgeous as all get out. (Sorry about the “butt art” – people who make YouTube videos are weird.)
Fred Myrow, “Phantasm Theme.” Wouldn’t be Halloween without a spooky horror theme from the 80s; this is one of my favorites that isn’t the overplayed (but still classic) John Carpenter stuff.
Roky Erickson, “Two Headed Dog.” Roky was a nut who spent time in a mental institution, and wrote songs about demons and zombies and two-headed dogs. And a lot of his stuff sounded like this: completely perfect rock ‘n roll. (Albums like this are why I have emusic; occasionally you unearth a real gem.)
The Devil’s Blood “The Heavens Cry Out for the Devil’s Blood.” In an alternate universe, Heart and Iron Maiden formed a supergroup that sounded like this. Weird band – too weird (and diabolical) to get any mainstream love, but their songs are amazingly catchy.
Fantomas, “Rosemary’s Baby.” On the “Director’s Cut” album, Mike Patton’s crew of weirdos in Fantomas did a bunch of horror soundtrack covers. This is one of my favorites.
Aghast, “Enter the Hall of Ice.” A pioneering “dark ambient” album from the wives of famous Norwegian black metallers. If you like spooky ambient stuff, don’t let the description keep you away – this is truly good, honestly disturbing music.
And finally, no Halloween music post would be complete without this slice of terror: