The Pac-Keys “Greasy Pumpkin” from Charles "Packy" Axton - Late Late Party - 1965-67 (Light In The Attic 2011) N —Instrumental recorded circa 1966/67 at Ardent Studios. Featuring members of the future Hi Rhythm Section including Leroy Hodges, Teenie Hodges & Hubbie Turner.Buy it!
LaVern Baker “Voodoo Voodoo” from Loud, Fast & Out of Control (Rhino 1999) —Released as a single in 1961 by Atlantic and featuring a sax solo by King Curtis.Buy it!
Louis Jordan and His Tympany Five “Jack, You're Dead” from Louis Jordan and His Tympany Five (JSP Records 2001) —Recorded in 1946 & written by Richard Miles & Walter Bishop, Jr. "What's the use of havin' muscles when your life hangs by a thread? If you aint got no red corpuscles, Jack you dead!"Buy it!
Lambert, Hendricks & Ross “Halloween Spooks” from The Hottest New Group In Jazz (Columbia 1959) —1962 song written by Dave Lambert and found on this 2-CD reissue of three LPs they made for Columbia along with five previously unreleased tracks.Buy it!
Milton DeLugg & The All-Stars “The Munster's Theme” from 50s Rock 'n Roll Horror (Burning Fire 2009) —Music bed. 1964 instrumental recorded for the Epic label.Buy it!
The Ghouls “Dracula's Theme” from Mostly Ghostly - More Horror For Halloween (Ace 2010) —Instrumental recorded for Capitol in 1964. Written by Richie Podolar who also plays guitar on this.Buy it!
Dusty Springfield “Spooky” from Complete A and B Sides (1963-1970) (UMC (Universal Music Catalogue)JAD 2006) —Soulful version of the Classics IV song recorded in 1968 with Georgie Fame's backing band for the Mercury label. Found on this 2-CD set compiled by Saint Etienne.Buy it!
Shorty Long “Devil With The Blue Dress” from The Complete Motown Singles, Vol. 4: 1964 (Hip-O Select / Motown 2006) —Slower & groovier original version of the song released in 1964. Written by Shorty Long & William "Mickey" Stevenson. Still my favorite version of this song.Buy it!
Ken Nordine “Strollin' Spooks” from Monster Sounds & Boppin' Tracks - Vol. 1 (Marginal) —Music bed. Instrumental from the man famous for both his voiceovers over commercials and movie trailers and for his recordings.Buy it!
Alan Price “I Put A Spell On You” from The Best of Alan Price (Music Club 1993) —Pretty great 1966 version of the Screaming Jay Hawkins song.Buy it!
Otis Redding “Trick Or Treat” from The Definitive Otis Redding (Rhino 1993) —Written by Isaac Hayes & David Porter and recorded in 1966.Buy it!
Laika & The Cosmonauts “Psycko” from Children of Nuggets (Rhino 2005) —Music bed. You get two - two Hitchcock movie themes in one. In this case, Psycho & Vertigo - both written by Bernard Herrmann. Recorded in Finland in 1994.Buy it!
James Brown “Devil's Den” from James Brown: Live at the Garden (Hip-O Select 2009) —1967 2-CD live recording reissued including more than a disc of previously unreleased tracks (including this one). Despite the album title, these performances came from the Latin Casino in New Jersey.Buy it!
Gnarls Barkley “The Boogie Monster” from St. Elsewhere CD ALBUM (Downtown Recordings 2006) —"I got a monster in my closet / Someone's underneath my bed / The wind's knocking at my window / I'd kill it but it's already dead / It waits till the midnight hour to come / To torture me for the wrong that I've done"Buy it!
The Coasters “The Shadow Knows” from There's A Riot Goin' On (Rhino Handmade 2007) —1958 Atlantic recording written by Leiber & Stoller and featuring lead vocals by Billy Guy.Buy it!
Lou Rawls “Season Of The Witch” from The Very Best Of Lou Rawls (Capitol Records 1969) —1969 soul version of the Donovan song.Buy it!
Gene Page “Blacula” from Can You Dig It? (Soul Jazz 2009) —Music bed. Instrumental originally found on the 1969 Blacula movie soundtrack and included on this 2-CD, 34-track collection of songs from Black action films. Highly recommended.Buy it!
The Revels “Midnight Stroll” from These Ghoulish Things (Ace 2009) —Doo-wop with a spooky bent. Recorded in 1959 for the Norgolde label.Buy it!
Screamin' Jay Hawkins “Little Demon” from Voodoo Jive: The Best of Screamin' Jay Hawkins (Rhino 1990) —Recorded in 1956 for the Okeh label and the b-side of "I Put A Spell On You."Buy it!
Tom Waits “Whistlin' Past The Graveyard” from Used Songs (1973-1980) (Rhino 2001) —Recorded in 1978 and featuring Earl Palmer on drums, Harold Battiste on piano, Herbert Hardesty on on tenor sax & Alvin "Shine" Robinson on guitar.Buy it!
French Frith Kaiser Thompson “Now That I Am Dead” from Invisible Means (Windham Hill 1990) —1990 song featuring the vocals of Richard Thompson. "I'm a composer decomposing."Buy it!
The Electro-Tones “Ghost Train” from Strictly Instrumental (Buffalo Bop 1997) —Music bed.Buy it!
Concrete Blonde “Bloodletting (The Vampire Song) [Short Version]” from Recollection - the Best Of (IRS 2006) —1990 song written by & featuring the lead vocals of Johnette Napolitano.Buy it!
John Wesley Harding “If You Have Ghosts” from Where The Pyramid Meets The Eye (A Tribute To Roky Erickson) (Rhino/Warner Bros. 1990) —Recorded in 1990 & found on this compilation of various artists covering songs written by Roky Erickson.Buy it!
Roky Erickson and The Aliens “Creature With the Atom Brain” from I Have Always Been Here Before (Shout! Factory 2005) —1980 song written by Roky Erickson & found on this really fine 2-CD anthology.Buy it!
Marius Constant “Theme From The Twilight Zone” from Brain In A Box (Rhino 2000) —Music bed. 1959 theme written by French avant-garde composer, Marius Constant.Buy it!
Chuck Prophet “Castro Halloween” from Castro Halloween single (Yep Roc 2011) N —Single from his forthcoming release, Temple Beautiful, slated for release on January 24th, 2012. Can't wait for this one.Buy it!
Traffic “John Barleycorn” from John Barleycorn Must Die (Island 1970) —Sung by Steve Winwood at the ripe old age of 22.Buy it!
Neko Case “Things That Scare Me” from Blacklisted (Bloodshot www.bloodshotrecords.com 2002) —Written by Neko Case & Tom Ray with backing by Joey Burns & John Convertino (of Calexico), Jon Rauhouse, and Dallas Good (Sadies).Buy it!
The Dominic Frontiere Orchestra “The Outer Limits - Main Title” from The Outer Limits (Classic Music International 2011) —Music bed. Conducted by Dominic Frontiere.Buy it!
The Nomads “Where the Wolf Bane Blooms” from Children of Nuggets (Rhino 2005) —Recorded by the Swedish band in 1984.Buy it!
The Frantics “Werewolf” from Stomp! Northwest Killers 1960-64 (Norton 2001) —Instrumental from this Seattle band that recorded from 1956-66. Jerry Miller and Bob Mosley from the Frantics later went on to form Moby Grape.Buy it!
R.E.M. “I Walked With A Zombie” from Where The Pyramid Meets The Eye (A Tribute To Roky Erickson) (Rhino/Warner Bros. 1990) —Written by Roky Erickson.Buy it!
The Ventures “The Rat” from Ghoulardi Music (Unknown) —One of many instrumentals used for Ghoulardi, a host of late night horror movie presentation played by Ernie Anderson.Buy it!
Jumpin' Gene Simmons “Haunted House” from Mostly Ghostly: More Horror For Halloween (Ace 2010) —Recorded in 1964 for the Hi label with backing by Bobby Stewart, Reggie Young, Bobby Emmons, Jerry Arnold & Harvey Henderson.Buy it!
Lee Ross “The Mummy's Curse” from Horror Hop (Raucous Records 2006) —"Last night at the museum, they're searching for a trace / Of the thief who stole the mummy's bracelet from its case. / And now tonight the mummy's curse is on his thievin' head / For tonight the mummy's come to life, awakened from the dead."Buy it!
Dr. Samuel J. Hoffman “Theremin Solo” from Brain In A Box: The Science Fiction Collection (Rhino 2000) —Music bed. Theremin - the instrument of ghostly love.Buy it!
The Sonics “Psycho” from !!!Here Are The Sonics!!! (Norton 1999) —1966 song written by lead vocalist & keyboardist, Gerry Roslie.Buy it!
Beasts of Bourbon “Psycho” from The Axeman's Jazz (Independent 1984) —Australian underground rock version of the Leon Payne song. This one will freak out the kids.Buy it!
Ronnie Cook & The Gaylads “Goo Goo Muck” from The Roots Of The Cramps (Garage Masters Records 2009) —Recorded in 1962 for the Audan label and later covered by The Cramps.Buy it!
The Marketts “Out Of Limits” from Outer Space, Hot Rods & Superheroes (Ace 2011) N —Music bed. 1963 instrumental recorded for Warner Bros.Buy it!
Danny Elfman “This Is Halloween” from Nightmare Before Christmas (Disney New 1993) —From the 1993 soundtrack for the Tim Burton classic film.Buy it!
Los Lobos “Grim Grinning Ghosts” from Los Lobos Goes Disney CD ALBUM (Disney Sound 2009) —If you've ever been on the Haunted Mansion ride at Disneyland, you know this song. Written by Buddy Baker.Buy it!
The Five Jones Boys “Mr. Ghost Goes To Town” from Halloween Classics: Songs That Scared the Bloomers Off Your Great-Grandma (Legacy Recordings 2007) —Recorded in 1936. One of the best Halloween songs, ever.Buy it!
Jonathan Richman “Vampire Girl” from You Must Ask the Heart (Rounder www.rounder.com 1995) —"Does she cook beans? Does she cook rice? Does she do ritual sacrifice? / Vampire Girl, Vampire Girl / Whoah, I get so intrigued when they look like a vampire girl."Buy it!
Bo Diddley “Bo Meets The Monster” from I'm A Man: The Chess Masters 1955-58 (Hip-O Select 2007) —Recorded in 1958 for the Chess label.Buy it!
Roy Clark “Spooky Movies” from Mostly Ghostly: More Horror For Halloween (Ace 2010) —Written by Steve Stone & recorded for Capitol in 1962.Buy it!
Jackie Morningstar “Rockin in the Graveyard” from Loud Fast and Out of Control (Rhino 1990) —Written by M. Burnt & recorded in 1959 for the Orange label.Buy it!
Screamin' Lord Sutch & the Savages “She's Fallen In Love With The Monster Man” from Cameo Parkway 1957-1967 (Universal Music Group International 2006) —Recorded in 1964 and released in the U.S. on the Cameo label.Buy it!
Bill Doggett “Monster Party” from Honky Tonk - The Best Of Bill Doggett (Classic Music International 2010) —Recorded in 1959 for the King label.Buy it!
Creedence Clearwater Revival “Tombstone Shadow” from Green River (Fantasy 2011) —"Tombstone Shadow, stretchin' across my path / Every time I get some good news / Ooh, There's a shadow on my back."Buy it!
Elvis Presley “Witchcraft” from The Big Beat: The Dave Bartholomew Songbook (Ace 2011) N —Written by Dave Bartholomew & Pearl King and recorded for RCA in 1963.Buy it!
Sonny Richard's Panics “The Voo Doo Walk (feat. Featuring Cindy and Misty)” from 50s Rock 'n Roll Horror (Burning Fire 2009) —Recorded in 1962 for Chancellor Records. Who are Cindy and Misty, you ask? Mary & Teresa Desrocher who wrote & contribute vocals to this track.Buy it!
The Deadly Ones “Monster Surfing Time” from 60s Groovy Freaks, Monsters, & Geeks (Master Classics Records 2010) —Music bed. 1964 chill-inducing surf instrumental.Buy it!
Nina Simone “I Put A Spell On You” from To Be Free: The Nina Simone Story (RCA 2008) —Screaming Jay Hawkins cover from 1965.Buy it!
Squirrel Nut Zippers “Hell” from Hot (Mammoth Records 1997) —" Now the D and the A and the M / And the N and the A / And the T and the I-O-N / Lose your face, lose your name / Then get fitted for a suit of flame"Buy it!
Round Robin “I'm The Wolfman” from These Ghoulish Things (Ace 2005) —Written by Baker Knight & released in 1965 on Lloyd Thaxton's Domain label.Buy it!
Buck Owens “It's a Monster's Holiday” from Buck Owens Collection (Rhino 1979) —Written by Buck Owens & recorded in 1973.Buy it!
Billy Lee Riley “Nightmare Mash” from 100 Halloween Rock 'n Roll Classics (Classic Music International 2010) —Recorded in 1962 several months after "Monster Mash" became a hit. More than just a little similar.Buy it!
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