Happy Halloween. Halloween is an easy post for The Eclectic Ear. There is a wealth of songs for the choosing. I’ve chosen five to get your trick or treatin’ off to a rockin’ start. So crank it up all you boys and ghouls!
I’ve stayed away from the classics like “Monster Mash” and “Werewolves of London” as they’re somewhat overdone (and covered here in the past). Here are a few you may not be as familiar with…
“Dracula” – Desmond Dekker
I have only one DD album and that’s only because he wrote and recorded the pop classic “The Israelites”. This came with the release and it’s clearly Des having a lot of fun. “Believe me folks, she was fabulous!”
“Halloween Parade” – Lou Reed
I miss Lou Reed and his “New York” album is a must have for any fan. Honest lyrics and basic rock n’ roll that captures the feel of the West Village tradition perfectly. A good song about celebrating even when you miss somebody.
“Fairies Wear Boots” – Widespread Panic
A classic originally from Black Sabbath, I almost offered a folkie version by Bill Patton (a relatively unknown mid-2006 indie artist) but decided to go with Panic’s cover. WP does great covers and this is no exception. Jimmy Herring absolutely tears it up in a fusion assault not seen by Sabbath fans.
“Put Your Cat Clothes On” – Carl Perkins
Carl was of course most famous for not wanting his blue suede shoes stepped on but he does a pretty good job on this Halloween costume suggestion from 1957.
“Is There a Ghost” – Band of Horses
BoH is up at the top of my most-under-appreciated bands of the early 21st century. This track from their 2007 effort “Cease To Begin” is beyond great.