Music is a critical part of any holiday. But unlike Christmas or Valentine’s Day, Halloween has few musical moments other than eerie organ sequences and perhaps the soundtrack to “Rocky Horror Picture Show.” Fortunately, I’ve got the tunes that will square your scare and heighten your frighten. These songs are the trio of terror.
“To be afraid is a luxury”, snarls Alison Mosshart on The Dead Weather’s ferocious track “Gasoline.” Complete with a church organ intro and Mosshart’s terrifically unnerving shrieks, this song is one to accompany a visit to a haunted mansion. “Gasoline” also features fuzzy guitar effects that resemble the sound of a chainsaw, as well as thunderous drumming from a man whose everyday appearance looks like a Halloween costume: Jack White. This tune is simply a dangerous delight.
Next we have the appropriately titled track “If You Were There, Beware” from the appropriately titled album Favourite Worst Nightmare by Arctic Monkeys. This song has a delectably shadowy feel with echoing guitar chords and distorted vocals. Lyrically, lines like “give us something gruesome we require your grief” and “there’s a circle of witches ambitiously vicious” amplify the sinister Halloween feel.
The final frightener is Eugene McGuiness’s “Monsters Under the Bed,” an eerily catchy song with a menacing music video. A haunting riff combines with McGuiness’s ghost-like singing to produce an amusingly paranormal sound. And the best part by far is when McGuinness talks of being scared by “some Barbie doll” talking of “carb intake.” This tune is somewhat of a classic and clever Halloween ruse.
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