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Five Great: (Mostly) Lost Albums for Halloween | Manolo for the Big Girl

Five Great: (Mostly) Lost Albums for Halloween

You’ve got your costume. You’ve got your thematically creepy snacks and signature cocktails with dry ice and bat-shaped ice cubes. You’ve got six dozen raisins and toothbrushes to hand out to trick or treaters because it’s never too early to learn that life is about disappointment, oral hygiene and screwing with future generations. All you need is the music.

Allow Miss Plumcake to make a few humble –by which I mean unerringly awesome– suggestions:

1. Flametrick Subs – Undead at the Black Cat Lounge

Crucial tracks:
Tijuana Cat Toss
Creepy Dead Folk
Lie Detector Machine
Life-Sucking Voodoo Women

2. Screamin’ Jay Hawkins – Cow Fingers and Mosquito Pie
Crucial Tracks:
Little Demon
I Put a Spell On You
Alligator Wine
There’s Something Wrong With You

3. The Cramps – Psychedelic Jungle
Crucial tracks:
Rockin’ Bones
Voodoo Idol
Under the Wires
Goo Goo Muck

4. Tom Waits – Rain Dogs
Crucial Tracks:
Big Black Mariah
Cemetery Polka
Tango Til They’re Sore
Walking Spanish

5. Shivaree – I Oughta Give You a Shot In the Head

Crucial Tracks:
Cannibal King (Tri-Delt sisters will recognize this one immediately)
Bossa Nova
Goodnight Moon

4 Responses to “Five Great: (Mostly) Lost Albums for Halloween”

  1. Frances October 29, 2010 at 5:27 pm #

    Tango Til They’re Sore has to be one of my favourite songs ever. I know absolutely nothing of Tom Waits, and I only know of that one because of Style Spy. The first time I heard it, it made the top of my head prickle.

  2. Twistie October 30, 2010 at 12:45 am #

    It just ain’t Halloween until Screamin’ Jay Hawkins sings I Put a Spell on You.

  3. Victor October 30, 2010 at 12:44 pm #

    Ayyy! You left the Cramps’ cover of “Green Door” off the list!

  4. Josie November 1, 2010 at 5:47 am #

    Recently rediscovered Shivaree via the joys of spotify, nice!