Friday Five: Halloween Songs

Juli Thanki | October 30th, 2009

If you’re reading this, chances are you’re too old for trick or treating. But you can still get in the Halloween spirit by listening to this fun-sized playlist.

  • day-before-halloween5. “The Day Before Halloween” – Casey Driessen
    Casey Driessen sure can coax some spooky sounds out of his five-string fiddle. On his 2009 album Oog, this song immediately follows similarly eerie “Conversation With Death.”
  • undead-blues4. “Undead Blues” – Unknown Hinson
    Self-proclaimed King of the Country & Western Troubadours “made out with a vampire gal” and ended up in his current predicament which includes an allergy to sunlight and a penchant for drinking a certain fluid.

  • i-kept-her-heart3. “I Kept Her Heart” – Pine Box Boys
    If you’re a fan of Hank III and similar acts, you really should be listening to these California murdergrassers. The feller in this song holds his wife’s heart in the palm of his hand…literally. Creeeeeepy.

  • cold-icy-fingers2. “Keep Them Cold, Icy Fingers Off Of Me” – Pee Wee King
    Bill Jackson is something else. He doesn’t mind your naked bones, your hollers or your moans, but icy fingers? That’s a dealbreaker. Also check out versions from Homer & Jethro and the Stanley Brothers.

    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=N0_XuT0AtQ8&hl=en&fs=1&

  • vampira1. “Vampira” – Bobby Bare
    Bobby Bare is to Vampira as Tyler Dean is to Taylor Swift. Only, you know, better.
    He pays tribute to television’s campy, marvelous horror host (played by Maila Nurmi) with this 1958 scream-filled rock & roll number. Unpleasant dreams, darlings.
  1. Rick
    October 30, 2009 at 5:42 pm

    Wow, a direct link to an Unknown Hinson video at The 9513! You don’t know how much it comforts me to know you folks obviously don’t have a lower threshold limit as far as good taste is concerned! (lol) But then again I should have realized that from all the press “Those Darlin’s” garner around here….

  2. Leeann Ward
    October 30, 2009 at 6:59 pm

    Ha! I never would’ve been able to come up with such a creepy list. Awesome.

  3. Lucas
    October 30, 2009 at 7:02 pm

    Do songs we’ve had nightmares about count?

  4. Rick
    October 30, 2009 at 8:09 pm

    Speaking of nightmares, here’s a Halloween song that will keep me awake tonight! (lol)

    Link: http://sendables.jibjab.com/view/ZiUAMskmUzzIGHhi

  5. Steve M.
    October 30, 2009 at 8:26 pm

    “Halloween Head” by Ryan Adams would be an obvious choice.

  6. Jon
    October 31, 2009 at 9:43 am

    Sorry, but “Cold Icy Fingers” should have been at the top of the list, due to its ongoing popularity – it was masterfully covered again just a couple of years ago by the great Lost & Found. Or else the fabulous (but impossible to find) version of “Haunted House” recorded by bluegrass greats Jim McCall and Benny Birchfield.

  7. Todd
    November 1, 2009 at 5:50 pm

    Always been a fan of “The Ghost Song” by Salty Holmes.

  8. Linda
    November 1, 2009 at 8:19 pm

    Nice selection of songs!

  9. Baron Lane
    November 3, 2009 at 12:33 am

    Great picks. Loves me some Unknown Hinson!

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