A Halloween Playlist: Gangham Style NOT Included!

One thing I love about Halloween is the music. Now I know you are thinking Halloween is about scary movies, costumes, and candy, all true and I love those things too. Quick fact, since I’ve always lived in an apartment, I never get trick or treaters, but I usually buy a bag of candy just to be on the safe side. In the end, no kiddos and I end up picking away at all the delicious fun size candy bars.

I ain’t afraid of no candy. (sirtheblog.com)

So what inspired this post? A Lady GaGa song; namely, “Bloody Mary”. Even though GaGa is not actively promoting her album, the Born This Way Ball is in full swing, and it will land stateside next year. YouTube has a host of clips from the tour and the “Bloody Mary” number is awesome. Plus, I’m obsessed with the song. It’s currently on repeat in my car. Check out the performance, it is a tad creepy and who is driving those things?

Okay, these are songs that may not necessarily be scary or have anything to do with Halloween, but see and hear what you think.

Bauhaus “Bela Lugosi’s Dead”

This video performance is featured in the 1983 modern day vampire flick The Hunger. It’s a pretty good movie by the way. It should be noted the original track is nearly 10 minutes long. Yes, the film stars David Bowie and Catherine Denuve. Well, and Susan Sarandon, but much later after this opening clip. Bela Lugosi played Dracula, vampires, it’s self-explanatory.

Kate Bush “Get Out of my House”

A radio listener told me years ago, Bush was inspired by the movie Poltergeist, however, when I re-examined the themes behind Bush’s 1982 album, The Dreaming, it’s revealed The Shining was the inspiration. Both of those are I consider to be two of the best scary movies around. Of course, Kate Bush is an acquired test (no pun intended) and this track is one I would point to if you wanted to listen to get a sense of who she is as an artist. I think she’s awesome, and she super quirky.

The Cranberries “Zombie”

Okay, “Zombie” is an example of a non-scary, non-Halloween song. The song is more of a political statement on the band’s home country IRA organization. It just happens to rock and the video is a little off-kilter, and is also political.

Nick Cave & The Bad Seeds “Red Right Hand”

Nick Cave is creepy and this song is creepy. It’s been used over and over in different shows and movies. The first time I think I heard it was in Scream, in the scene where it’s the day after Drew Barrymore has been cut from end to end. In fact, the song was also used in two Scream sequels. And Cave is Australian! I never knew that.

Kiss “God of Thunder”

True confession, this song DOES scare me! However, when you see it live, which I have, it’s not nearly as scary. When I was growing up, and I’ve probably written about this before, we had HBO and one of the most vivid images I remember seeing as a 3-year-old was Gene Simmons’ blood spewing act on a Kiss concert the cable network aired. KISS rules!

Motley Crue “You’re All I Need”

All right, here’s a song about a gruesome murder. Good times! And this video, which you’ll notice the picture is reversed, was banned from MTV. Why? I think murder had something to do with it. What’s even creepier, is the song is mid-tempo, tinged with Tommy Lee’s piano.

The Misfits “Die Die My Darling”

So more death, why not? Folks from my generation may be more familiar with Metallica’s version, and really, you could throw a dart and put any Misfits songs on this list. Hell, they even have a song called “Everyday is Halloween”, what could go wrong?

Rockwell “Somebody’s Watching Me”

I always found the video, though cheaply made, to be more creepy than the song. And not because Michael Jackson sang on the chorus. One hit wonder and instant schlock classic. Look out for those mailmen!

Rob Zombie “House of 1000 Corpses”

Again, this an instance of throw a dart, but thank God for Rob Zombie. Everyday is Halloween for this musician/director. Zombie’s next horror flick, The Lords of Salem, will hit theaters sometime next year.

Bernard Herrmann Psycho Sountrack Suite

Alfred Hitchcock broke the mold when he unleashed his 1960 thriller/horror film Psycho upon the world. It’s a film that almost didn’t see the light of day. It’s cool when the music score marries so well with the vibe of the story, and no one did it better than composer Bernard Herrmann, who would go on to score three more Hitchcock films. This is a must for your party or especially, your haunted house.

Have fun kiddies!



ABC’s Nashville Is Good, But Not Great

There is nothing more annoying that seeing blurbs on promos for new fall shows proclaiming the show is “the best new drama this season”. Why? Because ninety percent of them are NOT the best and most are mediocre. By the way, NBC’s Chicago Fire lost to Nashville in its time slot, big whoop! Chicago Fire is not the best, but it’s not terrible. Translation: possible cancellation.

Uh huh, Connie Britton is HOT! (motherjones.com)

I love Nashville, the city. It’s my most favorite city on the planet. I have many friends who live there and a few of them work in the music industry. I work at a country station, so I’m always curious about what goes on in Music City U.S.A., what drama is going down. If I had to classify Nashville I would call it a “ripped from the headlines” type of show. Almost everyday, some aspiring songwriter/artist or one of those move to Nashville, and every day someone’s career is rising and someone’s career is sinking. Just throw in an Oscar-winning screenwriter and former Nashville resident Callie Khouri, she won twenty years ago for Thelma & Louise, put together some new songs, some stock stories, and a decent cast; you’ve got a show. The problem, it’s not original.

The only reason Nashville will succeed is the music, the cinematography, country music fans, and Connie Britton. Yes, Connie Britton who plays Rayna James, our star whose career is on the downfall, will play a big part in whether audiences will flock or flee from Nashville. The rest of the casting is sub-par in my opinion. I’m not a Hayden Panettiere fan, and yes she can sing, but I’m already turned off by her character Juliette Barnes, our rising star. As I was watching last night, one of my Nashville friends put out the comment asking whom did we think the characters are based on. For Rayna, the name most thrown around has been Faith Hill, which is accurate, and Hill herself, is trying once again, to make a comeback. The real singer Juliette is based on is a little more complex to figure out. Taylor Swift and Carrie Underwood seemed to be the popular choices, however, both artists, as far as we know, didn’t come from Juliette’s background with the drug-addicted money-grubbing mother. By the way, whomever did Sylvia Jefferies’ make-up nailed the “road hard” and stung out look. I personally think of Tanya Tucker when I think of Juliette. She starts singing and making hits young, sleeps with older guys, but I don’t know if she did it to further her career.

I also liked two other characters, Rayna’s father Lamar Wyatt, played by one of my favorite character actors, Powers Boothe, is rich, ruthless, and power hungry. But he was a lousy dad and he favors Rayna’s sister who is his protege’ and he’s not a fan of Rayna’s career path. The best surprise, is songwriter and part-time actor J.D. Souther as songwriter and producer Watty White. His performance seems the most real out of the everyone in the cast. Okay, well Connie is good too, I love her! Then the cast gets predictable. Charles Esten plays Rayna’s guitar player and former lover (unoriginal) Deacon Claybourne. Oh and he writes songs, and he has a niece, Scarlett O’Connor, played by Clare Bowen, who is an aspiring poet/songwriter. There’s Rayna’s husband Teddy (Eric Close), who lives off her money, but he’s convinced by Lamar to run for mayor against Rayna’s friend Coleman Carlisle (Robert Wisdom). I hate to see the show get muddled by a political scrap.

Obviously, the other star of the show is the music. Artists such as The Civil Wars, Hillary Lindsey, Kacey Musgraves, and Elvis Costello are among those who have composed original songs for the series. These songs are available for download and I’m sure the producers are hoping, like Glee, the series will get a boost from its music sales. I just hope the music outshines the story writing. It needs help, or a big plot twist. Previews don’t indicate a big game changer, and that’s why I’m worried.

Was Lifetime High Clairee?

Last night, I wasn’t sure I would have time to watch Lifetime’s remake of one of my top 10 favorite movies, Steel Magnolias, Mondays are early for me, downgrade! However, since I DVR’ed it, I could race through the commercials and I could still be ready for bed before midnight. Plus, ninety percent of the time, I sleep on my couch, problem solved!

Did this really happen? (mylifetime.com)

I suppose Lifetime’s intentions were good and they were harmless, BUT, I think they went way over their heads here. Behind this questionable production were musical producers Neil Meron and Craig Zadan. I’m going to give them a pass this time because they also produce one of my favorite TV shows I can’t wait for to come back, Smash. Queen Latifah, who takes on M’Lynn, was also a producer, and she was one of the remakes biggest problems. She simply went through the motions, like it was a dress rehearsal. Seriously? One review I read on Saturday stated the leads lacked the emotional pull of their 1989 counterparts. You think?

One casting choice I don’t understand is why Dr. J aka Julius Erving was the only recognizable male actor and he’s not even an actor! I hope he gets an Emmy nod. Fun fact, playwright Robert Harling played the preacher in the original film.Well besides my general disappointment, I was surprisingly most disappointed in Alfre Woodard’s Ouiser. She was all over the place and not funny at all.

Okay, I could on and on about how unoriginal and how terrible this was, but one moment stood out. One scene I absolutely love in the original film is when Shelby lays old flame Owen Jenkins on Ouiser at the Christmas party. So, I’m expecting just the usual crap, but when Owen appears, HE’S WHITE! Now that’s original! I screamed out “dear God!” when it happened. Unfortunately, Owen was a little too white and nerdy for me.

That’s all I got…what did you think?

Skyfall–The Stuff That Happened This October First Week

Sometimes my brain hurts, not my head, my brain. Most nights I can’t sleep because I have about a billion thoughts running through my head from “what am I eating tomorrow?” to “What happened to Britney Spears’ face?”, I’m serious here. This past week was a biggie for pop culture and the state of the union. Although I won’t be able to cover everything, I think I’ve got a pretty good handle on the highlights. Let’s do this!

First, this picture of former third party Presidential candidate and billionaire H. Ross Perot:

“Now see here, I’m a G-man!” (upi.com)

Okay, the photo is six years old, but I find it humorously fascinating. USA Today recently interviewed Perot and basically, he’s not impressed with President Obama or Governor Romney. Imagine that. Plus, he’s not all that confident a third party candidate can shake things up anymore. He may be old, but he has a point. Roseanne Barr, who is running as a candidate for the “Peace & Freedom” party is on the ballot in only 3 states right now and I just discovered her running mate is…Cindy Sheehan, oh dear. And I find it interesting Barr is NOT on the ballot in the state where she makes her home now, Hawaii. Hey, every little bit counts. I salute you HRP!

A Hot Mess of a Debate and Romney Wants to cut PBS (Big Bird reference required).

“You son of a bitch, a Muppet?” (za.news.yahoo.com)

Ah, the Presidential Debates. The four, now three chances the country has left to decide who would be better at doing the President thing. Frankly, Wednesday night’s debate, to me, came off as a hot mess. God bless Jim Lehrer, he tried to set the time limits, he tried to get in a word edgewise, bless him. Romney came off as if he had chugged a case of 5 Hour Energy and Obama, sans teleprompter, was like “seriously bitch?” The President wasn’t at his strongest and the Governor pounced and he pounced hard. And Romney, who stated he would cut PBS, did it by evoking the name of one of the network’s most popular character’s, Big Bird, oh bitch, you made a big boo-boo there! When did educational television become so taboo? At least you have to give Romney credit, he outright said he would do it, that’s rare honesty. Next up, the VP debate in Danville, KY. No, I won’t be going. Security will be mega-tight. And pep up Barack!

The Maybe Made-Up Nicki Minaj/Mariah Carey American Idol feud.

This show needs all the help it can get, even if it’s at the expense of a false claim of violence. So, you may or may not have seen the video of Minaj losing it over Carey’s diva-tude. Oh, what the hell, let’s watch it again, courtesy of TMZ.

Even if this is all a publicity stunt as Minaj claims, it’s not good for viewers, who for some odd reason, still love the show. And then Mariah Carey told Barbara Walters that Minaj threatened to shoot her. Is Uncle Nigel really this desperate? I say yes. Of course the producers gloss over all of this by saying that this panel is the most “dynamic and passionate they’ve ever had.” Right. One of my friends said we may not see Minaj by the time the show airs in January. I say that’s a fair statement, or at least the producers will threaten to fire her and there’s go the publicity machine again. I’m over it.

The Lone Ranger trailer debuts to a less than stellar reception.

Bruckheimer, Gore Verbinski, Johnny Depp! How can this go wrong? And to be fair, this is the first trailer. But the first trailer is key. It’s too bad most of this one has way too much production logo nonsense. Eh, here it is.

The First Look At Courtney Stodden and Doug Hutchison on VH1’s Couples Therapy.

Unfortunately, I have to link to this clip, and I have no words. Click here!

Adele’s Bond Theme “Skyfall” Debuts…and it’s awesome!

Since the British mega-songstress is getting read for the birth of her first child, this may be the last new music we hear from her for a while and it’s really good. She’s left us in a good place. Enjoy.

The movie will hit theaters on November 9th.

Oh and the St. Louis Cardinals, dodging bottles and other drink receptacles, survived their Wild Card playoff against the Atlanta Braves and will now enter the Division series to face the team my brother-in-law roots for now, the Washington Nationals. So annoying. Red October is here!