What the hell, here's a mixed bag of older Halloween bric-a-brac. They aren't that spooky sounding, but the song titles will look good on a playlist. Don't go rolling your eyes about the rather obvious lead off song, I know "I Put a Spell On You" is on just about every Halloween mix ever made, but there may be one or two people unfamiliar with it, so it's almost a duty. Hey, but check that Bettye LaVette song. Oh yeaahhh, it's cool. Fuck, is it ever. Her voice, the baritone sax, the guitar solo, and, yeah, that unrelenting tambourine. It's the best new-to-me Halloween song I've heard this year. (Boogaloo Time delivers again!) The next one is an oddball, Up until tonight .It never occurred to me that there might be a Tex-Mex Halloween song, but, sure, why wouldn't there be? Dig on the lively "Se Caso Dracula" by Lalo Trevino y Sus Vampiros. The other three are instrumentals. The Tarantulas' cuts are cool, from 1960, right about when regular guitar instrumentals started drifting towards surf.
~ NOTE: ALL MEDIA IS HOSTED BY THE BLOGS & SITES NAMED BELOW ~Listen:
Screamin' Jay Hawkins - I Put a Spell On You mp3 at Clayton Counts
Bettye Lavette - Witchcraft in the Air mp3 at Boogaloo Time
Lalo Trevino y Sus Vampiros - Se Caso Dracula mp3 at Juke Box Mafia
Frankie Stein and His Ghouls - Monster Motion mp3 at Rock 'n' Soul Ichiban
The Tarantulas - Tarantula mp3 at Diddy Wah
The Tarantulas - Black Widow mp3 at Diddy Wah Go there to get it