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#31 Post by Platypus » Mon Oct 01, 2012 4:10 am

Happy October. Just bumping this back up.

I just added some more Halloween tunes to my Spotify Halloween list. I will take a gander through these suggestions and see what else I can add.

http://open.spotify.com/user/1211451805 ... gxM072XxzO

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#32 Post by billy » Tue Oct 23, 2012 2:01 pm

I just dug out Halloween playlist I had burned to CD many years ago, and I really enjoying listening to it. I might enjoy the halloween-theme more than Christmas music. Most of the songs are ones already mentioned here at some point, but maybe there are a few that aren't. Since these are on a burned disc, I don't have any of the original album information.

Someone said "Mysterious Mose." Great song. I believe this song is the origin of the riff I remember from my childhood as "We are here to scare you-oo-oo-oo"

Also someone mentioned some Louis Armstrong tunes: "Spooks" is a great tune. Also check out "The Skeleton in the Closet." With the creaking doors and scared lyrics, they could be the same song as "Zat You Santa Claus?" Also on my list are "Hellzapoppin" and "The Dummy Song."

My wife hates hearing Ertha Kitt sing "Santa Baby" at Christmas time, and I have to agree that Madonna's version was an improvement. A song she hates even more is Ertha Kitt singing "I want to Be Evil" which is on my Halloween mix. Not great for dances because of the annoyance factor and the long spoken intro. A cute song nonetheless.

Lots of swing music about hell.
Tommy Dorsey "Satan Takes a Holiday" (inst)
Harry James "The Devil Sat Down and Cried"
Fats Waller "There's Going to Be the Devil to Pay"
Ella Fitzgerald "Pack Up Your Sins and Go To the Devil"
Sarah Vaughn "Old Devil Moon" This one is part cha cha, part foxtrot, and not good for dancing, though it's a good listen.
Screamin Jay Hawkins "Little Demon" on the other hand is such a fun track. I'mg glad I found it again. The same goes for "Old Man Mose" by Eddy Duchin which someone had already mentioned.

Some songs about magic:
LaVern Baker "Voodoo Voodoo"
Nina Simone "I Put a Spell on You." Every time I hear this song, i think of that Disney movie with Bette Midler, Hocus Pocus. Part of my childhood memories of Halloween.

Bill Haley & the Comets "Crazy Man Crazy"

Someone mentioned Lambert Hendricks and Ross "Halloween Spooks." Awful song, so annoying and not even the slightest bit danceable. All the howling and vocal trills. I can't make it through. An alternative in vocal jazz that is more listenable is King Pleasure's "Don't Get Scared."

And finally, I concur with the endorsement of Duke Ellington's "The Mooche" and "Jumpin' Punkins" both very danceable tunes. I'm very much in the mindset that just because it's a holiday, it doesn't mean we need to dance to crappy music.

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#33 Post by qualidit » Wed Oct 24, 2012 6:24 am

Here's my list of halloween music, al lot of it has been mentioned before in this thread

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BPM	Time	Title	Artist	Album
150	3:34	Addams Family	Debra Holly	I'll Never Forget You
179	2:56	As Long As You Live (You'll Be Dead If You Die)	Tommy Dorsey & His Clambake Seven	The Ultimate Collection
108	4:27	Baby Django Creep	Zzymzzy Quartet	Zzwing!
175	3:09	Between The Devil And The Deep Blue Sea	The Careless Lovers	Doin' The Jive
155	3:38	Boody Rumble	Count Basie	Li'l Ol Groovemaker...Basie!
146	3:00	Celery Stalks At Midnight	Doris Day	"Pure Gold - Doris Day, Vol. 2"
190	2:58	Cleanin' Up the Town	The Busboys	Ghostbusters (Original Soundtrack Album)
130	5:22	Cruel Spell	Big Bad Voodoo Daddy	
135	2:38	Cruella De Vil	Lalaine	Disney Mania 3
210	4:07	Dance Of The Gremlins	Count Basie	The Count Basie Story: Harvard Blues
165	3:20	Ding-Dong! the Witch Is Dead	Ella Fitzgerald	The Complete Ella Fitzgerald Song Books (Box Set)
222	3:36	Dr. Bones	Cherry Poppin' Daddies	Best Of Swing 1998! Jives Alive
145	2:45	Dry Bones	The Tommy Dorsey Orchestra	A Salute to Tommy Dorsey
105	5:29	The Ghost of Smokey Joe	Big Bad Voodoo Daddy	How Big Can You Get?: The Music of Cab Calloway
112	2:49	The Ghost of Smokey Joe	Cab Calloway and His Orchestra	"New York 1938-1939, Vol. 2 (Disc 3)"
95	 4:19	The Ghost of the St. Louis Blues	Paul Dandy	Wizard Oil
112	4:03	Ghostbusters	Unknown	Halloween Howls
225	4:30	Ghosts of Swing	Dr Zoot	Best of Dr Zoot
252	3:34	Halloween Tonight (the 47% Stomp)	The Floating Opera Orchestra	Halloween Tonight (the 47% Stomp) - Single
85 	4:40	Haunted House Blues	the Moon-Rays	Swingin At the Seance'
150	2:57	Headless Horseman	Kay Starr	I've Got to Sing
249	2:18	I Hear You Screamin?	Glenn Miller and His Orchestra	Glen Miller & His Orchestra
65	 2:25	I Put a Spell on You	Screamin Jay Hawkins	An Hour of Scary Songs & Sounds
181	2:35	Jack, You’re Dead!	Louis Jordan & His Tympany 5	The Ultimate Classic Crooners
262	2:46	The Jitters	Count Basie	The Count Basie Story: Harvard Blues
147	3:33	Jumpin' Punkins - Original	Duke Ellington and His Orchestra	Duke Ellington And His Orchestra Selected Hits Vol. 3
145	2:18	Lavender Coffin	Buster Poindexter	Buster's Happy Hour
175	3:06	The Little Man Who Wasn't There	Glenn Miller & His Orchestra feat. Tex Beneke	The Glenn Miller Story Vol. 5-6
125	6:02	Moanin'	karrin alllyson	in blue
160	2:45	Monster Movie Ball	Spike Jones	Spike Jones In Stereo
106	3:05	The Mooche	Duke Ellington	Jumpin' Swing & Jive - Volume 2
195	3:24	Mr. Ghost Goes to Town	Mills Blue Rhythm Band	Mills Blue Rhythm Band: 1933-1936
176	2:45	Mr. Ghost Goes to Town	the Moon-Rays	Swingin At the Seance'
135	2:56	My Friend The Ghost	Tommy Dorsey & His Orchestra feat. Jimmy Dorsey (Dorsey Brothers Orchestra)	Jazz In The Charts Vol. 99 - You Didn't Want Me When You Had Me
120	2:28	My Man's an Undertaker	Dinah Washington	"Dinah Washington Selected Hits, Vol. 2"
212	2:45	Ol' Man Mose (78 rpm Version)	Wingy Mannone & His Orchestra	Halloween Classics: Songs That Scared the Bloomers Off Your Great-Grandma
95	 3:17	the oogie boogie's song	Danny Elfman	nightmare before christmas
165	2:59	Pack Up Your Sins and Go to the Devil	Ella Fitzgerald	Sing Song Swing
158	2:14	The Purple People Eater	Sheb Wooley	Halloween Party - 16 Scary Songs
137	3:02	Rip Van Winkle	Ella Mae Morse	The Thrill Is Gone
146	2:42	Rockin' In the Graveyard	Jackie Morningstar	50s Greatest Rock N Roll
225	5:00	Satan	Vargas Swing	Fire
195	2:58	Satan Takes a Holiday	Dolly Dawn & George Hall And His Orchestra	The Uncollected: George Hall and His Orchestra
157	3:12	Satan Takes a Holiday	Larry Clinton	My Million Sellers! (Remastered)
144	3:20	Satan Takes a Holiday	Tommy Dorsey and His Orchestra	"Tommy Dorsey and His Orchestra - Selected Favorites, Volume 4"
155	3:11	The Skeleton in the Closet (Single)	Louis Armstrong	Louis Armstrong: Highlights from His Decca Years (The Original Decca Recordings)
223	3:07	The Spooks Jump In	the Moon-Rays	Swingin At the Seance'
147	2:36	Spooks!	Louis Armstrong	Satchmo in Style
160	3:08	Swingin' At the Seance	Glenn Miller and His Orchestra	V for Victory Hop
222	3:22	Taint No Sin (To Take Off Your Skin)	Fred Hall	Halloween Classics: Songs That Scared the Bloomers Off Your Great-Grandma
110	3:11	Tha Walls Keep Talking	Anita O'Day	Anita O' Day's That's What You Think
230	3:23	Thriller	Jim McMillen	Swingin' To Michael Jackson - A Tribute
108	3:22	Travelin' Shoes	Ruthie Foster	Runaway Soul
260	3:06	UFO Attack	Asylum Street Spankers	"Strawberry - Bootleg Series, Vol. 1"
150	2:10	Violent Love	Indigo Swing	
101	4:49	Walkin' After Midnight	Madeleine Peyroux	Dreamland
153	2:44	Walking Slow Behind You	Count Basie	"The Big Band Leader, Vol. 10"
110	3:26	Werewolves of London	Warren Zevon	A Quiet Normal Life - The Best of Warren Zevon
128	3:18	Whistlin' Past the Graveyard	Tom Waits	Blue Valentine

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#34 Post by billy » Wed Oct 24, 2012 12:10 pm

wow, qualidit. I think you overdid it.

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#35 Post by Eyeball » Wed Mar 27, 2013 2:33 pm

This one is dreadful, but here it is - THE ROCKIN' GHOST

http://theeyeoffaith.com/2012/10/24/mus ... dernaires/
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