It's inevitable that when Halloween rolls around every year, there are bound to be a couple re posts of songs that I featured years ago on this site. So today I'll try to get a couple of these classic tracks out of the way and hopefully a couple people will be hearing them for the first time. Back in August I talked about a real creepy song in my Peter Gabriel post. I'm not going to re up it here as it may still be up. I'm just mentioning it as it is essential for any Halloween compilation one may be fixing up.
The very first post I did on this music blog was way back in 2004. I"ll have to repost this particular song yet again 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." This classic zombie tune 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 gotta love it.
When I first heard todays 2nd song I was very young and it scared the bejeebus out of me. As a matter of fact, I still can not listen to this song to this day because it really gets under my skin and quite frankly, it gives me nightmares. Why do I have this song then? And why in the hell did it become a top 40 hit? Well I keep it around to play for folks if they've never heard it and then I can creep them out too. As for the top 40 thing, there's no predicting what kind of music will become a hit.
The artist is Bloodrock, and the song is DOA. Bloodrock was an early '70s hard rock band from Fort Worth, TX. They charted with six albums between 1970 and 1972 and scored their first and only Top 40 hit with the totally morbid DOA which is off their second album. What's really weird is that the first album is a lot more creepy than their second one. Bloodrock 2 actually has some upbeat stuff on it. Guitarist Lee Pickens recounted this story how the song came about.
When I was 17, I wanted to be an airplane pilot. I had just gotten out of this airplane with a friend of mine at this little airport and I watched him take off. He went about 200 feet in the air, rolled and crashed. The band decided to write a song around the incident.Complete with ambulance sirens, plodding, eerie, music and lyrics such as
We were flying along and hit something in the air
Life is flowing out my body
Pain is flowing out with my blood
The sheets are red and moist where I'm lying
God in Heaven, teach me how to die
Holy crap, I'm getting the heebies just writing about it. Again another classic track that must be included in your Halloween festivities.
Then just for good measure the theme music from John Carpenter's Classic horror film, Halloween.
Surfin' Dead by The Cramps
DOA by Bloodrock
Halloween by John Carpenter
Classic Horror Flick