“Little Drop of Poison” - Tom Waits
As we learned in the last blurb, Robert Johnson died from poisoning. So we follow with this chilling Waits tune and its typically spine-tingling lyrics: “I’m all alone / I smoke my friends down to the filter / But I feel much cleaner / After it rains
Did the Devil / Make the world / While God was sleeping / You’ll never get a wish from a bone.” Every time I hear Waits sing it, I wanna pull the covers up over my head.
This loping, swamp-creeper of a kiss-off brings the chills in spades. Hands-down the best track off the band’s latest album, the Danger Mouse-produced Attack & Release.
“Scarecrow” - Beck
This song from Guero finds Beck metaphorically inhabiting its titular character, and features some really cool synthetic crow caws and top-notch lyrics: “My soul’s just a silhouette / In the ashes of a cigarette
Crows are pullin’ at my clothes / The wind got my fingers froze
all alone by a barren wall / The scarecrow’s only scarin’ himself.” For good measure, Beelzebub also appears in this song’s first verse.
“In Dreams” - Roy Orbison
“Hell” - Squirrel Nut Zippers
OK, it’s back to the funhouse
. or is it madhouse?!?! Woo-hah-hah-hah-ha!
This über-bizarre (ironic?) old-school cabaret number was the breakthrough hit for this Chapel Hill, N.C., group. And the video
was as mischievously menacing as the song.
“Bad Kids” - The Black Lips
Rolling right along, we’ve got another song teeming with Halloween-appropriate mischief. This catchy little number from Atlanta’s Black Lips is dedicated to all my tricksters (not treaters) out there who used wreak havoc in their neighborhoods on Halloween night—that’s right, I’m talking about putting M-80s in pumpkins!