We continue our Halloween Music Video Countdown with this classic from Bauhaus, “Bela Lugosi’s Dead”. The song was the band’s first single released in August 1979 however the “video” for it wasn’t made until 1983 when it was made for the Tony Scott vampire film The Hunger (starring David Bowie, Susan Sarandon and Catherine Deneuve) with Bauhaus portraying a band in a nightclub. Below The Hunger video is a performance of the song featuring Peter Murphy from Bauhaus along with TV On The Radio and Trent Reznor.
We continue our Halloween Music Video Countdown today with this novelty rap treat from Whodini, an early to mid-80’s rap group from Brooklyn (before Brooklyn was overtaken by indie-rock hipsters). They had some hits back in the day with songs like “Friends,” “The Freaks Come Out At Night,” and “Five Minutes Of Funk.” They also had a novelty song that made the Halloween mixtape rounds with “The Haunted House Of Rock,” a synth-driven jam about a haunted house of rock where inside, there was “music bein’ played by The Grateful Dead,” and “Dracula was killin’ those Bloody Mary’s.” My favorite line from the song: “The Invisible man/where could he be? We know he got inside the party free.” There’s not much on the video to see; it’s a still shot of the cover of the 12-inch single. But the song, a rap equivalent of “The Monster Mash” still manages to hold up after all these years since its release in 1983.
With Halloween just ten days away we’re taking a look at some of our favorite music videos appropriate for the season of the witch. Screamin’ Jay Hawkins’ classic “I Put A Spell On You,” written by Hawkins in 1956, is one of the Rock and Roll Hall Of Fame’s 500 Songs That Shaped Rock and Roll and a stone cold Fright Night classic. The blues-based swampy rocker has been covered by dozens of artists over the years including Nina Simone, The Birthday Party, Creedence Clearwater Revival, Shane McGowan and Bryan Ferry. A memorable live version of the song performed by Phil Lesh and Friends on Halloween 2007 in New York at the Nokia Theatre Times Square is below for you to download, yet Screamin’ Jay’s recording remains the definitive version for the candy coated season.
Twelve more days to Halloween, Halloween, Halloween…
When it comes to Halloween, we’re more than a few years removed from putting fake tombstones in the front yard, blasting our Spooky Sounds Of Halloween cassette at full volume, and chasing small children off our front porch with a chainsaw. (Don’t cry, kids—we took the actual chain off. It’s totally safe!) So yeah, you can count Halloween up there with Easter and Christmas on the list of holidays whose special magic has been forever lost to the bitterness, cynicism, and malaise that comes with growing into a 9-to-5 working stiff. But that doesn’t mean we are completely incapable of enjoying some of what Halloween has to offer. In particular, we enjoy horror-themed music videos from some of our favorite bands and films of our youth. In that spirit, we’ll be posting a new video each weekday leading up until Halloween. And we’re kicking the series off with J. Geils Band’s “Fright Night” (from the 1985 vampire flick of the same name). (The band’s official video—which doesn’t allow embedding—can be found here. But we’re pretty happy with this version.) Oh Brewster, you’re so cool!