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Current Events: Ghouls, Ghouls, Ghouls - A Halloween Playlist

October 31, 2008  |  10:28am
“The Killing Moon” - Echo & the Bunnymen 
Echo & the Bunnymen’s macabre, chill-inducing favorite possesses a hypnotic grace; a pained, gloom-shrouded desperation, and a subtly creeping anxiety. All of which made it an excellent fit as the main theme of mind-bending cult-classic film Donnie Darko.

The Killing Moon - Echo & the Bunnymen


“Ballad of Hollis Brown” - Bob Dylan
This tragic tale of a poor South Dakota farmer, trying desperately to feed his starving family, ends in a brutal bloodbath when Hollis—to a soundtrack of baying coyotes—guns down his entire family and then himself, ending their suffering the only way he knows how.

Ballad of Hollis Brown - Bob Dylan


“Creeped Out” - Robyn Hitchcock 
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.

Creeped Out - ROBYN HITCHCOCK


“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.

wonderful witches - thurston moore


“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.

Sympathy For The Devil - The Rolling Stones


“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.

Everybody Knows - Leonard Cohen



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!

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