Kate Bush- Hammer Horror: A tribute to the studios that have created some of the most iconic horror movies ever. This song is not only my personal favourite Kate Bush song but it is possibly the most perfect scary song for the all the spirits and monsters to dance to on their night.
Brand New- At the Bottom: With the lyric that puts it into this category being:
‘And there’s a lake, At the bottom you’ll find all my friends, They don’t swim ‘cus they’re all dead’.
The band have a history of writing dark lyrics (see Handcuffs for another example) but this one is one particular dreary image for the listener and depending on how miserable the listener is or how imaginative they are depends on how bleak that image will be.
Death From Above 1979- Right On, Frankenstein: A riff filled track that gets the pulse beating rapidly and the lyrics are all Holloweeny with mentions of Zombies and Frankenstein’s Monster itself.
We Are Scientists- Ghouls: Is driven by a weird pulsing keyboard and surging synths backed by high pitched guitar that is placed in giving this a more unconventional sound that adds to the reason why ut makes the Spooky Sounds list.
Florence + The Machine- Howl: The track is about my favourite Hollows Eve beast a Werewolf, Welch sings about one such monster’s uncontrollable transformation and need to kill. A scary telling of the struggle someone with this affliction faces, pointing out that even a good person can become a monster.
MGMT- Of Moons, Birds and Monsters: An interesting observation about this song is that one of the three verses is about one ah key word of the title. The first is about the moon and describes to me someone stuck on the moon and going crazy: ‘In the cold black shadow?
Are you mad at your walls’.
Queens of the Stone Age- Monsters In the Parasol: According to some sources this song was inspired by an acid trip that Homme had and he fantasised about his friends sister. But under the influence of the hallucinogen she started to change into a hairy thing. Creepy!
The Sleeping- The Big Breakdown: Day 1: Tells the tail of a girl possessed by the Devil who is doomed and only has ‘6 days, 6 hours, 6 minutes, Left until she’s gone‘. A sad and horrific realisation that unfolds throughout the track really paints a painful, horrific ordeal.
Maylene & The Sons of Disaster- The Day Hell Broke Loose On Sicard Hollow: Ironically this is one rather serene and beautiful instrumental. But you can’t deny that it’s name doesn’t discount it from making the list. Furthermore the band are named after Ma Barker and her families criminal gang adds an extra reason for them to be on this list.
Eagles of Death Metal- Midnight Creeper: Here are all the lyrics it is rather self explanatory:
‘Well I come in through your window,
I see your family there,
Yes I’m the midnight creeper,
When I go creepin y’all better beware,
Well Your child is gently sleeping,
Pleasant dreams are in his head,
That wife of yours is a sweet young thing,
When I leave your wife’ll be dead,
Well my steel is sharp and silent,
The devil guides my hand,
Well I just love to slit them throats,
And creep all around this land’.