Tuesday, September 25, 2007

Watch Out! Baby Who's That? Don't Look Now There's a (Green) Monkey on My Back.

Well, that would explain the pulled muscle.

Joy of joys, I finally got to participate in one of Splotchy's now-legendary Green Monkey Mixes! The Splotch is doing all of Blogdom a great service with the Green Monkey Music Project, the purpose of which is to create interactive mix tapes. Lucky participants get to throw their song selections into each themed mix and then Splotchy does all the heavy lifting to compile the tunes for everyone's downloading pleasure.

The latest is the Can't Wait for Halloween Mix. The entire track listing can be found by following the preceding link, but here I will shed a little light on my song choices.

Concrete Blonde, "Bloodletting (The Vampire Song)" - This one should be fairly obvious. It's about vampires! Can't get more Halloweeny than that. And I love Concrete Blonde.

The Warlocks, "Angels in Heaven, Angels in Hell" - Where else would a band called The Warlocks belong, if not on a Halloween mix? This one is also on my Finetune Fall Mixx, featured on my sidebar, and it's a song that I discovered fairly recently. A guy who sits near me at work was playing it one day and I thought that he had on the Rocky Horror Picture Show Soundtrack, because it reminded me of that song near the end, "Don't Dream It." It's very breathy and strange like that.

Death Cab for Cutie, "I Will Follow You into the Dark" - If you're not paying attention to the lyrics, this sounds like a sweet little love song. But it really seems to be about some psychotic guy who plans to kill himself when his beloved dies, or maybe he's even going to kill her and then kill himself. Even if all the death is consensual, like as in a suicide pact, it's still all a bit unsettling.

The Hooters, "All You Zombies" - Well, I am a huge Hooters fan. Ok, I'm kidding. I do like this song though. I think The Hooters fooled everyone when they first hit the scene with this song. It's kind of a groovy, dark number and then everything else they did afterward was "And We Danced" Parts 1 - 10. I don't know how dark this song can really be since it prominently features that happy instrument, the mandolin, but it's about zombies and zombies love Halloween...and braaaaaains!

Sia, "Breathe Me" - This song has nothing to do with Halloween, but it carries a creepy connotation for me because it was used during the ending sequence of the "Six Feet Under" finale. (Best TV series finale. Ever.) I think the arrangment adds to the "dark" feeling - the very simple piano at the beginning, the bit of goth in the middle and the violins added in at the end, plus the couple of dramatic pauses within the song. And this Sia chick sort of sounds like she's being strangled in parts of this song, so that's kind of scary, eh?

If you can't wait for Halloween, I suggest you download all of these tunes, buy a big bag of candy corn and gorge yourself on both.

15 comments:

Slave to the dogs said...

Dammit, now I miss Six Feet Under. Again.

Love that Death Cab song.

Dale said...

I never miss a chance to say that I absolutely hated the last few minutes of the Six Feet Under finale where they flash forwarded everyone's deaths but I know I'm in a minority on this one. What are you going to do? Kill me?

But wait, that's not what I meant to say. I meant to say, great song choices Beckeye, there are a couple I need to download!

Splotchy said...

Excellent descriptions!

3 out of 5 of these songs are new to me!

Thanks a lot for playin'.

chez béz said...

Oh, that Hooters song takes me back. And I've got big love for Concrete Blonde, too.

Have fun this Halloween.

Blowing Shit Up With Gas said...

Just curious: Do all women find vampires sexy? My wife has a collection of vampire tunes on her PC.

Travis said...

Now that is a clever idea. Very cool.

Barbara Bruederlin said...

Blowing Shit Up with Gas: most women actually find zombies irresistible.

Beckeye - that's a hell damner of a list! You know of course that "I Will Follow You Into the Dark" is the official theme song of Calgary?

pistols at dawn said...

I would have just turned in a Misfits album myself. Beyond the simple "Astro Zombies" and "Mommy, Can I Go Out and Kill Tonight?" they had two songs titled "Halloween."

Bluez said...

Blah Blah blah Dale, everyone knows that finale was the best ever from the best HBO series ever, cept Soprano's and I do LOVE that Sia tune.

I have a ton of her stuff since hearing that tune.

Great choices Beckeye

Deb said...

I'm with Dale. The disappointment of the 6fu ending is how we ended up swinging the pendulum so far with the Sopranos ending.

But the truth is women really are hot for werewolves. They have teeth AND fur.

BeckEye said...

STDD - Me too. Especially Jeremy Sisto. But he's going to be joining L&O this season! Woooo!

Dale - I'm just going to pretend you didn't diss the best TV Series Finale. Ever.

Splotchy - Thanks! Which 3?

Chez Bez - I'm already stressing over what I'm going to "be" this Halloween!

BSUWG - Nosferatu types, no. Sexy "Lost Boys" vampires, yes.

Travis - That Splotchy is a clever guy!

Barbara - I did not know that. You Canadians drink too much.

Pistols - I think there is at least one Misfits song on the list.

Bluez - Thank you for validating my song choices and Dale's silliness.

Deb - Again, I'm pretending not to read the first part of your comment. I don't know about werewolves though. I don't even like much facial hair on guys, let alone all over their bodies.

Slave to the dogs said...

I can't believe I missed this - no Squeeze on your list!

Did you see Waitress? Jeremy was divinely creepy.

Beth said...

I can't believe you didn't include "Mumbo Jumbo"! And you call yourself a Tilbrook lover ...

I'll kick Dale for his flippant disregard of that very cool "6FU" ending. I love that Sia track for the very same reason, girlie.

Voted for you again today.

BeckEye said...

Slave - No Squeeze. Too happy for Halloween. I haven't seen "Waitress" yet, but I want to...only for him.

Beth - Hmm, that one never struck me as a scary song! Maybe "Last Time Forever" or "Melody Motel" with those murderous main characters.

Beth said...

Even better choices. It's just hard to think of our Squeeze as scary, isn't it?

 

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