Ten terrific tracks perfect for your party playlist
1. Scooby-Doo, Where Are You?
Zoinks! There were plenty of Halloween episodes and scary specials to make this childhood favourite totally terrifying. Who can forget the Volt Ghost of Winterhaven,
unveiled as town mayor Mr Voltner? He would have gotten away with it too, if it weren't for those meddling kids.
2. I Put a Spell on You
Originally by scarily monikered bluesman Screamin' Jay Hawkins, this track has been covered by everyone from Mica Paris to Marilyn Manson, but it is this 1965 version by the jazz legend that is Nina, that remains the classic. It might be a love song, but it's haunting and no mistake...
3. Fear of the Dark
The brewers of Trooper ale do a sideline in terrifying T-shirts and heavy metal anthems for those unafraid to rock out. Turn the lights down low and bust out the air guitar.
4. Black Magic Woman
By all accounts the "voodoo" vibes on this version of the song, which was originally a Fleetwood Mac hit, were created by its curious blend of blues, rock, jazz, Latin and Cuban rhythms created on timbale and conga drums, organ, piano and, of course, guitar.
5. Heads Will Roll
Yeah Yeah Yeahs
The weirdest thing about this 2009 song is not that it is sung from the viewpoint of the Queen of Hearts from Alice's Adventures in Wonderland but that the video for it was directed by Richard Ayoade. That's right, Moss from The IT Crowd.
6. A Nightmare on My Street
DJ Jazzy Jeff & The Fresh Prince
This song turned into a nightmare for Will Smith and his sidekick after the owners of the Nightmare on Elm Street franchise sued for copyright infringement. Perhaps that's why Will's mum got scared and said: "You're movin' with your auntie and uncle in Bel-Air"?
7. Addams Groove
Will wasn't the only MC to spend the 90s chillin' out, maxin', relaxin' all cool. The Addams Family theme tune finds God's favourite rapper "cold coolin', maxin' and
relaxin'", when who should knock at his door but Wednesday, Pugsley, Gomez and Fester. Man, they some strange neighbours.
8. Dracula's Wedding
Hip-hop's association with the undead continued into the noughties on the acclaimed album Speakerboxx/The Love Below. Outkast's incarnation of Bram Stoker's antihero is notable for making great peanut butter and jelly sandwiches.
9. Monster Mash
Bobby (Boris) Pickett & the Crypt-Kickers
The classic tale of a party thrown by a Frankenstein-style monster, with guests including Wolfman, Dracula and his son. Samples of creaking coffins, bubbling cauldrons and clanking chains add to the vibe.
It's close to midnight / and something evil's lurkin' in the dark... hopefully it's just one your regulars getting down to the most famous spooky pop song of all time. Can your punters move like the zombie extras in Jacko's video? Unlikely, but perhaps you have a few who at least look the part?
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