80s, 90s, Music, Quick Lists — October 27, 2015 3:04 pm

Pop Rewind Festive Halloween Party Playlist

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Halloween is upon us and if you’re anything like Lee and Linz you’ve left everything until the last minute. Costume? Snacks? Entertainment? Well, Lee at all the snacks (again), but we can at least help out with that last one. Here’s a pretty killer Halloween playlist for your impending last-minute Halloween get-together!

Monsters Lead Such Interesting Lives – Mel Torme

Quackbusters, hands down, is Lee and Linz’s favorite monster-themed animated featured composed almost entirely of recycled Looney Tunes footage. The starring moment, besides Daffy trying to sell DeLoreans and ripping off the Ghostbusters, has to be Mel Torme singing (as Daffy). And yes, that’s really Mel Torme. Really really.

C’est l’halloween – Matt Maxwell

One thing you should know about Linz: she’s Canadian and thus had to learn French in school. One other thing you should know: French class was her most dreaded one. Even as much as she hated French class (having a French last name and not knowing a word of the language kind of singled you out), there was one time of year that was tolerable: Halloween.

Halloween was a big deal in schools then, and even crappy French classes got into it. Every French lesson around Halloween was simply singing “C’est l’halloween” over and over and over again. The song was designed to teach kids the French language and guess what IT DIDN’T WORK. But, it was still fun as fuck to sing.

Monster Mash (Board Game Version)

The “Monster Mash”, a 1962 hit from Bobby “Boris” Pickett, is a cheesy Halloween party staple. But we like to get slightly more weird here. What’s better than the “Monster Mash”? The Monster Mash board game and ensuing commercial jingle, of course!

It’s Fun To Be Scared – Jem and the Holograms

Like most franchises, Jem and the Holograms had a Halloween-themed episode, “Trick Or Techrat”. Unlike most franchises, Jem and the Holograms had rad tunes. “It’s Fun To Be Scared” is somewhat true in premise, but if someone is coming through my window, that shit is not okay.

Don’t Look Now – The Misfits

Of course, where would we be with a Jem and the Holograms song without a song from The Misfits. Also from the same episode, The Misfits present a much better song. Sorry Jem.

Thriller – Dr. Love

We love Halloween themed mega-mix CDs. Dr. Love does not disappoint, as this video demonstrates!

Midnight Action – The Real Ghostbusters Soundtrack (Performed by Tahiti)

Yes, The Real Ghostbusters animated series had an official soundtrack. It consisted entirely of pop songs by the studio group Tahiti. These songs were scattered throughout early episodes of the show. Two of them are perfect Halloween tracks, this one and…

The Boogieman – The Real Ghostbusers Soundtrack (Performed by Tahiti)

…this one. Don’t look behind you! Best moment of this song? The revelation that the Boogieman isn’t there to scare, he wants to – you know, boogie – dance!

Gravedale High Theme Song

Is there really that much to say about this? Rick Moranis in Gravedale High. Of course an obligatory Rick Moranis mention is going to show up on something Linz touches.

Nightmare on My Street – DJ Jazzy Jeff & The Fresh Prince

Sometimes rappers rap about A Nightmare on Elm Street 4: The Dream Master. Most of the times, they don’t. DJ Jazzy Jeff & The Fresh Prince are a rare exception, laying down lyrics about Freddy Kruger.

The scariest part of this track is that while it was once considered for the movie’s soundtrack, New Line Cinema ultimately decided against it. DJ Jazzy Jeff & The Fresh Prince released it anyway (He’s the DJ, I’m the Rapper) and even produced a music video for it. New Line Cinema sued, and the music video was, sadly, destroyed.

Hell Hotel – They Might Be Giants

Somehow this gem from They Might Be Giants has managed to find itself into near total obscurity, only appearing “officially” on their pre-album 1985 demo cassette. It’s inspired by the Twilight Zone episode “A Nice Place to Visit”. How can bass riffs like this be essentially lost to time? Well, luckily you can hear them any time in… the Twilight Zone.

My Son The Vampire – Allan Sherman

If you know any song from Allan Sherman, it’s “Hello Muddah, Hello Fadduh (A Letter from Camp)”. If you grew up with the Dr. Demento Spooky Tunes & Scary Melodies CD, you may remember the obscure Allan Sherman track “My Son The Vampire”. It was written as the theme song for a movie way back when, but the spooky grooves hit the Halloween season nostalgia chords big time.

We Got The Beat – The Go-Go’s

I once read that “We Got The Beat” was written while watching an episode of the Twilight Zone. That’s kind of spooky, right?


What are some of your favorite Halloween tunes? Let us know!


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