Tuesday, October 31, 2006

HAPPY HALLOWEEN!!!

Is it Halloween already? My, how time flies. I had a bunch more music and stuff I wanted to put up before today, but I ran out of October. Oh well, who says it has to be Halloween to listen to spooky music? Here's some trivia from Uncle John's Bathroom Reader --

BOO!

Meaning:
An exclamation used to frighten or surprise someone

Origin: The word comes from Boh, the name of a great Norse general and son of the god Odin. According to ancient legend, he was so fearsome that the very mention of his name struck panic in his enemies.

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The tradition of carving pumpkins into jack-o'-lanterns dates back to an 18th-century Irish folktale. A drunkard named Jack happens upon the Devil and traps him in an apple tree. The Devil escapes but never forgives him. When Jack dies he is not accepted into heaven, but hell won't take him, either. With nowhere else to go, Jack is cursed to wander the night, lighting his path with a lit piece of coal inside a hollowed-out turnip. The turnip later became a pumpkin when the tradition reached the United States.


Here's one last song for Halloween --

Mysterious Mose - R. Crumb and His Cheap Suit Serenaders

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This is a great link courtesey of Max from The Universal Monster Army --

The Worst Halloween Costumes Of All Time


Zacherley - The Cool Ghoul!

I wasn't aware of Zacherley until I was an adult. But, I've since become a big fan. He's the ultimate in Halloween campiness. I met "The Cool Ghoul" at this years Monster Bash.
I bought his newest CD Interment For Two (2005) and he autographed the cover and the disc.
He also signed a record I brought.
Here's a classic tune from Zach.


Frank And Drac Are Back

Monday, October 30, 2006

Monday

Alice Cooper

Nobody says Halloween like Alice Cooper. Here's some songs spanning 30 years of creepiness.

1. Cold Ethyl
2. Feed My Frankenstein (live w/ Rob Zombie)
3. He's Back (The Man Behind The Mask)
4. Inmates (We're All Crazy)
5. Pick Up The Bones
6. Sick Things
7. This House Is Haunted

Alice Cooper (38.56 MB)

Saturday, October 28, 2006

Ookla The Mok

Ookla The Mok is a filk band that has been performing at science fiction and comic book conventions since 1994. They bill themselves as Rock Music For Nerds.


I've seen them perform live a couple of times at The Pittsburgh Comicon. I took these photos of them probably five to seven years ago (Sorry about the quality of the pictures.)


A lot of their music is about sci-fi, comic books and other pop culture.

Here's a couple of the monster themed songs they have recorded.


Bride Of Wolfman

Song Of Kong

Friday, October 27, 2006

Spooky Sounds Of The Season!

What would Halloween be without some spooky sounds? I have a few sound effects CD's, and gathered the better creepy sounds from them (in my opinion).

Some of these tracks are from Sounds To Make You Shiver! This was one of my favorite records when I was a kid, I still have the original vinyl. Go to Scar Stuff to download the whole album and many more great scary records.


1. Banging Shutter
2. Bees
3. Big Cat
4. Breaking Window
5. Cat Meow
6. Chains
7. Churchbells
8. Creaky Door
9. Dogs
10. Ghost Sounds
11. Gorilla Growls
12. Gun Shots
13. Heart Beat
14. Howling
15. Pipe Organ
16. Rain
17. Run On Gravel
18. Snarling Dogs
19. Thunder
20. Tiger Growl
21. Whip Crack
22. Witch Laugh
23. Woman Scream


Spooky Sounds Of The Season! (16.41 MB)

Wednesday, October 25, 2006

John Williams & The Boston Pops

I'm a huge fan of John Williams. It all began with a little movie called Star Wars. I first saw it when I was 10 years old in 1977 and haven't been the same since. I love the music of Star Wars and started looking for other soundtracks by Mr. Williams. That lead me to The Boston Pops. I searched through all the John Williams & The Boston Pops CD's that I have (about 10) and found these three spooky tracks. Enjoy.


Alien (Closing Title)

The Music of the Night (Phantom of the Opera)

Theme from JAWS

Sunday, October 22, 2006

Actress Phyllis Kirk, star of `House of Wax,' dies at 79

Read the story here.

Midnight Syndicate

This is from their website --

As Midnight Syndicate, composers Edward Douglas and Gavin Goszka have been producing classic gothic nightmare soundtracks for the imagination for over nine years. The standard for Halloween, Haunted Attractions, and roleplaying games, their CDs are designed to take you to the darkest and most fantastic corners of your imagination. So dim the lights and journey forth . . . if you dare.

Here's a couple of tracks from their out-of-print CD Born Of The Night (1998).

Born Of The Night

Something Wicked

Critters 2:The Main Course OST (Intrada 1993)

Here's an interesting soundtrack, Critters 2: The Main Course. The movie was released by New Line Cinema in 1988. Music composed and conducted by Nicholas Pike. Here's the track listing--

1. Primordial Planet
2. Grover's Bend
3. Charlie Thinkin'
4. Qugley Killed
5. Brad In The Attic
6. Nan's House
7. Critters At Burger Plant
8. Easter Morning
9. Bunny Attack
10. Spaceship Landing
11. Critter Convention
12. Transform To Playmate
13. Nana's Critters
14. It's Me, Brad
15. Critter At Gazette
16. Tranform To Nero
17. Rectory
18. Cheesehead Get It
19. Ug Loses It
20. Setting The Trap
21. Night
22. Victory Romance
23. Critters Roll
24. Grover's Bend Farewell
25. Finale

Critters 2: The Main Course (61.12 MB)

Saturday, October 21, 2006

The Nightmare Before Christmas

I just found out that Disney is releasing a two disc special edition version of Tim Burton's The Nightmare Before Christmas soundtrack. Disc two features songs from the movie rerecorded by rock and pop stars and some demo songs by Danny Elfman. Marilyn Manson on a Disney CD? What's this world coming to. I might just have to buy this.

Wednesday, October 18, 2006

Sunday, October 15, 2006

Danse Macabre

This track is from a CD called Arthur Fiedler * Boston Pops - Pops Concert (RCA 1987). Here's what it says in the liner notes:

Saint-Saëns' Danse Macabre (originally a song) gives a faithful orchestral narration of the events of a Henri Cazalis' poem describing what happens in a cemetary when "Death plays a dance tune, Zig and Zig and Zig, on his fiddle." Harp notes betoken the tolling of midnight, and then Death tunes his fiddle--in the minor; use of harmonicas in the orchestra's strings lends eeriness to the tuning, and the xylophone creates an effect of skeletons stealing forth and waltzing. With the voice of the oboe, one hears the cock crow his signal of dawn--and the skeletons scamper away and are quiet.

Danse Macabre (9.37 MB)

Frankenstein View-Master (GAF 1976)


Wednesday, October 11, 2006

Godzilla

I grew up watching Godzilla (or Gonzales as my dad used to call him) movies on Superhost. I have a soft spot for Godzilla vs. Megalon, it was the first Godzilla movie I saw on the big screen. Here are a few of my favorite tracks from The Best Of Godzilla 1954-1975.

Footsteps FX - Godzilla (1954)
Godzilla's Rampage - Godzilla (1954)
Main Title - Ghidorah the Three Headed Monster
Jet Jaguar Megalon FX - Godzilla vs. Megalon
Main Title - Godzilla vs. Megalon

Visit X-Y-Z-Cosmonaut's CosmoBlog for nearly every Godzilla soundtrack ever made.

Monday, October 09, 2006

Scared Silly


What do ghosts put on their bagels?
Scream Cheese
Where do ghosts shop?
In bootiques.
What do you call a chicken that haunts a house?
A poultry-giest.
Why are skeletons cowards?
They have no guts.
Why don't skeletons play church music?
They're missing their organs.
Who is a vampire most likely to fall in love with?
The girl necks door.
What happens if you see twin witches?
You won't be able to tell which witch is which!
What goes cackle, cackle, bonk?
A witch laughing her head off.
How did the witch know her sister had a glass eye?
It came out in conversation.
What's a cannibal's favorite game?
Swallow the leader.
What would you get if you crossed a mummy with a CD?
A wrap song.
Why don't cannibals eat comedians?
Because they taste funny.
How do you keep an ugly monster in suspense?
I'll tell you tomorrow.
What is a monster's favorite place to swim?
Lake Eerie.
Why did Frankenstein go to a psychiatrist?
He thought he had a screw loose.
What is Dr. Jekyll's favorite game?
Hyde-and-seek.
What kind of horses do zombies ride?
Nightmares.
Why are graveyards so noisy?
Because of all the coffin.
What do you get when you divide the circumference of a jack-o-lantern by it's size?
Pumpkin Pi.
Why do demons and ghouls get along so well?
Because demons are a ghoul's best friend.
Why did the cyclops have to close down the school?
He only had one pupil.
What is a sea monster's favorite meal?
Fish and ships.

Saturday, October 07, 2006

Ed Wood OST - Music by Howard Shore (1994)

This is the wonderful soundtrack by Howard Shore to the Tim Burton film Ed Wood. It has a stellar cast featuring--
Johnny Depp .... Ed Wood
Martin Landau .... Bela Lugosi
Sarah Jessica Parker .... Dolores Fuller
Patricia Arquette .... Kathy O'Hara
Jeffrey Jones .... Criswell
G.D. Spradlin .... Reverend Lemon
Vincent D'Onofrio .... Orson Welles
Bill Murray .... Bunny Breckinridge
Mike Starr .... Georgie Weiss
Max Casella .... Paul Marco
Brent Hinkley .... Conrad Brooks
Lisa Marie .... Vampira
George 'The Animal' Steele .... Tor Johnson
Juliet Landau .... Loretta King
Clive Rosengren .... Ed Reynolds
Here's the track listing--
1. Main Title
2. Backlot
3. Mr. Lugosi/Hpyno Theme
4. Beware
5. Glen Or Glenda
6. Eddie, Help Me
7. Elmogambo
8. Bride Of The Monster
9. I Have No Home
10. Kuba Mambo
11. Nautch Dance
12. Angora
13. Sanitarium
14. Ed And Kathy
15. Elysium
16. 'Grave Robbers' Begins
17. Lurk Him
18. Ed Takes Control
19. Eddie Takes A Bow
20. This Is The One
21. Ed Wood (Video)
Ed Wood (56.78 MB)



Tuesday, October 03, 2006

The King Dapper Combo

Here's a couple of songs from The King Dapper Combo. They are a local monster/surf type band here in Akron, OH. They've been performing together for 14 years and have an ongoing gig at HalloWeekends at Cedar Point Amusement Park. The cover above is from their latest CD, Monsterrific, that was released last year. The songs below are from their CD Rockin' Halloween Party. Check out their website and buy some CD's.

Graveyard Cha-Cha
Is This The Place?