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Halloween: Six-Six-Six

Last one of these Halloween posts. (‘Praise be to his noodly appendages,’ I hear you cry.) I hope you've all enjoyed at least some of the gore-splattered tracks on offer.

It' been fun for me, at least, though even now I keep thinking of other songs I could've included. Just including what I have ripped to my PC, the psychobilly folder contains near-on fifteen-hundred tracks, which should give an idea of just how spoiled for choice I've been. Ah, well. There's always next year…

To finish off, I've chosen three personal long-time favourites; The Sugar Puff Demons' Burke And Hare, Batmobile's Transylvanian Express, and The Griswalds' Fright Night.
Stay sick, stay psycho
—Daz

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Halloween: Five: A Couple Of Old Jokes

Just about the only things these songs have in common is a horror theme and the fact that they're both based around really corny old jokes. First we have a hoe-down-ish number from the whacky King Kurt, King Kurt's Hound Dog, and then the musette-esque Schwitching Heads, by the Spectres.
—Daz

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Halloween: Four

Alice and Cannonball Jones have both turned in their final Halloween posts, and very good they are too. I'm about half-way through my multiple-post Halloween-day gore-fest…

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Halloween: Three

Another one-band post. Here’s three from The Meteors; the first, and many (though not me) still say only true psychobilly band. As with the Demented post, I’ve tried to provide a mix of styles.
—Daz

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Halloween: Two

Something a bit different now. Let us, Gentle Reader, leave the psycho wrecking-pit for a few minutes, and look at some less, erm … frantic … approaches to the making of horror-based songs.

We'll begin with Nick Cave and the Bad Seeds. While I'm not exactly sure what the subject of this song is, it's definitely got the right mood—and sounds bloody good, to boot—so I'm including it. I first heard it in the X-Files episode where Duane Barry has it on as he drives, with a kidnapped Scully stuffed into the boot of his car—and I've loved it ever since. Here's Red Right Hand.

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Halloween: One

Okay, it’s just gone midnight, and it’s officially Halloween—the one night a year that kids can demand money sweets with menaces, with legal impunity. Hmmm … this is a good thing? Anyway, I’m planning several musical posts over the day, based on the obvious horror-theme. This one's dedicated to Demented Are Go!, one of the top bands on the psychobilly scene. I've tried to incorporate some diversity of style, so if you don't like one, you still might like the next.
—Daz

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Oops!

At the end of last night's post, I mentioned that ‘tomorrow’ I'd be doing a multiple Halloween post, as it would be the 31st. Turns out I was a day behind, because I’d checked the date without realising 'twas past midnight; which means I have Day 9's to do, first.

Both Cannonball Jones and Alice have turned out some excellent posts today. (And kudos for Mr Jones, too, for managing to stumble on through both a hangover having several of his planned tunes pre-empted.) For myself, I’m marking my last all-zombie post with a couple of old-skool psychobilly tracks.

First up, the Tall Boys, with Another Half Hour 'Til Sunrise, an ‘unofficial theme’ to the film The Living Dead. The Tall Boys were Nigel Lewis's first band after the split-up of the first incarnation of The Meteors, and this first single comprised of two tracks from a shelved Meteors EP. (The B-Side was Island Of Lost Souls, based on HG Wells' The Island Of Doctor Moreau.) Paul Fenech kept the other two tracks, Mutant Rock and The Hills Have Eyes, which were released as The Meteors' first post-split single.

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