Friday, October 07, 2005

Music for Zombies

Today in Music History:

1967, Cass Elliot from The Mamas And The Papas spent the night in a London jail after being accused of stealing from a hotel. A TV and concert appearance had to be cancelled.
The CrampsIt's October already, so maybe let's throw out some music best suited for Halloween type festivities. The very first post I did on this music blog was about this song so I"ll have to repost as it's probably the best zombie song ever recorded and most suited for this time of year. I first heard it when I saw the movie Return of the Living Dead at the theater back in the 80's. For example you know you're in for a good tune when the song starts out with, "Aaahh my favorite brain soup, cream of nowhere." The song is Surfin' Dead by The Cramps. This song originally appeared on the Return of the Living Dead Soundtrack and was added to their album Smell of Female as a bonus track on the CD. Like the black-blooded, flesh-rotted, brain-slurping demons of the kitschy B-movies they adore, you simply can't stop the Cramps. Nor should you want to. Thirty years into their deliciously decadent career, latex-clad howler Lux Interior and six-string-slinging supervixen Poison Ivy Rorschach (and whatever rhythm section they're employing this week) are just as trashy, creepy, deviant and fun as ever. Witnessing a Cramps show is like stumbling upon a secret pagan shindig in the woods behind the trailer park, where sketchy carnival freaks, dope-addled Elvis impersonators, slimy swamp creatures, swingin' Russ Meyer sexpots and maybe-malevolent Martians gyrate wildly to stompin' horrorbilly garage-rock in front of a blazing bonfire. Now that's a party I would love to be at!

Surfin' Dead by The Cramps

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