Friday, October 31, 2008

Ghouls Night Out

Next to the Jersey Devil, and possibly Bon Jovi, the scariest thing to ever emerge from the depths of the Garden State are the Misfits. Formed in 1977 by high school buddies in Lodi, the Mistfits would become the biggest Horror Punk act ever. Combining thrashing, three chord punk with schlock-horror lyrics and sing-along style choruses, their music has forever ranked these Jersey boys in the upper echelon of Punk Rock.

I can remember the first time I dyed my hair with Clairol Nice-n-Easy blue-black and styled my own devilock. A certified member of the 'fiend' club, the Misfits were, and still are, one of my favorite bands.

Having a fractured career spanning over 30 years, the band, in it's different incarnations, has spent more time in the courtroom than O.J., yet still manage to satiate their fans with incredible live shows.

Aside from the Misfits, no Halloween post would be complete without a few of the old standbys. First we have the original Monster of Rock, Bobby 'Boris' Pickett performing 1962's novelty hit, the 'Monster Mash' backed by the infamous Crypt-Kicker Five. In this ghoulish classic, Mr. Pickett poses the question 'Whatever happened to my Transylvania twist? I Googled it and unfortunately there are no easy answers.

Next up there's 'Werewolves of London', the perennial AOR FM staple from the late rock genius Warron Zevon. Seems like classic rock radio has never been able to let go of this one, yet never delved any further into the tremendous musical legacy he left us. Pretty scary, but typical.

I've also included a personal favorite from the quintessential hippie/flower child, Donovan. 'Season of the Witch', originally released on his smash 'Sunshine Superman' LP in 1966, was later the inspiration and title for horror director George A. Romero's 1971 low budget flick about a suburban witch. What's scary here is just how unscary a horror movie can be.

What follows is the penultimate music video by the King of Pop. Michael Jackson's still thrilling 'Thriller' from 1983's album of the same name. As it turns out, his real life is far more frightening that any video.

What may be the most horrifying, yet amazing clip comes from the inmates at the Cebu Provincial Detention and Rehabilitation Center in the Philippines. Check out over 1500 inmates in lock-step, flawlessly performing the dance sequence from Thriller. Did I miss a memo? What happened to cons making license plates?

I'm just sayin'.

Ghouls Night Out
Horror Business

Monster Mash

Werewolves of London

Season of the Witch

Bobby Pickett- The Monster Mash (1973)
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The Misfits- The Monster Mash (1999)

Original WPIX 'Chiller' Opening

Warron Zevon- Werewolves of London (1978)

Donovan- Season of the Witch (1966)

Michael Jackson- Thriller (1983)
Music Videos by VideoCure

CPDRC inmates- Thriller (2007)

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