“The Killing Moon” - Echo & the Bunnymen
On this tune from Hitchcock’s David Rawlings-produced album Spooked
(released in October 2004), something isn’t quite right. There are some mad hallucinations going on, a paranoid schizophrenia that makes it hard to tell exactly what Daddy’s up to in that garage, and whether mama’s courting demons in the kitchen or if it’s all just a misfire in your warped mind.
“Wonderful Witches” - Thurston Moore
The Sonic Youth guitarist recorded this noise-rock gem for his 2007 solo album Trees Outside the Academy
. It’s an ode to some mysterious sorceresses who suddenly appear, leaving the protagonist’s faith shaken as he questions his perception of reality.
“Sympathy For the Devil” - The Rolling Stones
At the beginning of this live Get Yer Ya-Ya’s Out
version of “Sympathy,” you can hear some stoned hippie chick slur, “Paint it black, you devil!” Mick, Keith and company kindly oblige. Since the night before Halloween is known as Devil’s Night
in Detroit, Lucifer gets one more track on the “Ghouls, Ghouls, Ghouls” playlist. I mean, we had to have some courtesy, right? You know, some sympathy, and some taste.
“Everybody Knows” - Leonard Cohen
Cohen’s deep, dark baritone just might be spooky enough to get all the trick-or-treaters on your block to drop their sacks full of candy and run for their lives when they hear this song booming from your window on Halloween night.
After all that doom and gloom, here’s a fun song from Ryan Adams’ Easy Tiger to close things out. It’s probably a laugh-to-keep-from-crying look back at drug addiction, but for our purposes we’ll assume it’s about someone who used to be hooked on candy corn. Happy Halloween, everyone! I hope you enjoyed my “Ghouls, Ghouls, Ghouls” mix. Have fun out there tonight, and watch out for all that poisonous candy from China!