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Son of Son of Son of Halloween

Posted in Rock Moment with tags , , , , on October 25, 2012 by 30daysout

Repost: Why do all this stuff again?

Monsters are misunderstood – it’s tough to frighten people and terrorize the countryside day in, and day out.  Surely monsters have to unwind; as the magazine cover suggests, they may enjoy a little recreational hula-hoop activity.  Or they may just like to rock out.

MP3: “Cha-Cha With The Zombies” by the Upperclassmen

MP3: “Zombie Walk” by the Magics

MP3: “Do The Zombie” by the Symbols

MP3: “Igor Goes Surfing” by The Deadly Ones

MP3: “Frankenstein Walk” by Gene “Bowlegs” Miller

MP3: “Zombie Stomp” by Billy Gholston

MP3: “The Green Slime” by Richard Delvy

MP3: “Scream” by the Tumblers

MP3: “Mummy’s Little Monster” by Frankie Stein and His Ghouls

MP3: “The Mummy” by Bob McFadden and Dor

MP3: “He Never Came Back” by the Ventures

MP3: “The Exorcist” by the Devils

MP3: “Wolfman” by Randy Fuller (Not this guyThis guy!)

MP3: “Thank You, Thing” by the Fiends


Hey, It’s Halloween (Almost)!

Posted in Rock Moment with tags , , , , , , , , , , on October 20, 2012 by 30daysout

Sorry, we’ve been a little into our day jobs lately – that, and listening endlessly to Neil Young. So we just noticed Halloween’s a few weeks away, and that is always a great opportunity for some cool rock tunes.

So here you go – don’t be scared!

MP3: “Astro Zombies” by the Misfits

MP3: “Dance of Doom” by Frankie Stein & His Ghouls

MP3: “Red Temple Prayer (Two Headed Dog)” by Roky Erickson & the Aliens

MP3: “Werewolf, Baby!” by Rob Zombie

MP3: “Keepin’ Halloween Alive” by Alice Cooper

MP3: “It’s Monster Surfing Time” by the Deadly Ones

MP3: “Surfin’ Dead” by the Cramps

MP3: “Monster Mash” by the Misfits

MP3: “Monster’s Mash Party” by Bobby “Boris” Pickett

MP3: “Fear” by the Ventures

MP3: “Twilight Zone” opening by Rod Serling

MP3: Velvet Vampire radio plug/”Dinner With Drac” by John Zacherle

MP3: “A Night With the Jersey Devil” by Bruce Springsteen & the E Street Band

MP3: “Forever Autumn” by Jeff Wayne w/Justin Hayward and narration by Richard Burton

30 Days Out (From Christmas): The Ventures

Posted in 30 Days Out (From Christmas) with tags , , on December 3, 2008 by 30daysout


Day Six – One of the all-time holiday classics is The Ventures’ Christmas Album, from 1965.  The Ventures were a four-piece band from California who recorded only instrumentals with their trademark two electric lead guitars.  Their sound helped to codify “surf rock” in the early 1960s and their single “Walk, Don’t Run” hit No. 2 on the pop charts in 1960.  The Ventures were inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame this year.

The Ventures Christmas Album went to No. 5 on ventures2the album charts, which was unusual for a collection of holiday standards.  The novelty came in the approach: each song on the album begins with the first few bars of a popular rock song from the mid-1960s.  So, “Sleigh Ride” opens with some licks from “Walk, Don’t Run” and “Jingle Bell Rock” kicks off with the signature from Johnny Rivers’ version of “Memphis.”   You really have to hear The Beatles’ “I Feel Fine” morph into “Rudolph, The Red-Nosed Reindeer” – these boys really had the chops.  See if you can identify the “intros” to all these songs! 

MP3: “Sleigh Ride”

MP3: “Jingle Bell Rock”

MP3: “Silver Bells”

MP3: “Rudolph, The Red-Nosed Reindeer”

MP3: “Frosty The Snowman”

MP3: “Blue Christmas”