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It Came From Halloween – Scary Rock and Roll!

Posted in Lost Classics! with tags , , , , , , , , , , on October 20, 2011 by 30daysout

Alice Cooper and friend

Face it – rock and roll isn’t that scary.  Unless you’re an uptight parent, or some kind of preacher.  Rock music about Halloween, and the stuff that comes with Halloween, is goofy and funny, but it isn’t frightening.  Although I must admit, I got a bit of a fright the first time I saw Adam Lambert perform … but thankfully that’s not rock and roll.  Or is it?  Bwahahahaha!

Back in the day, there was Alice Cooper.  He had an act that involved boa constrictors, decapitating baby dolls with a guillotine (or something) and an electric chair.  Alice also had Top 40 hits – “I’m Eighteen,” “School’s Out” and “No More Mr. Nice Guy” among them.  Successful, certainly; entertaining, probably.  But scary?  No.

Before Alice, back in the 1950s, there was Screamin’ Jay Hawkins.  He jumped in and out of a coffin during his stage act, performed fake voodoo rituals and had some pretty crazy music.  But his snake wasn’t even real.  After Alice, you can take your pick among the punk rockers of the late 1970s: they were kind of disturbing, but honestly not scary.  And from the 1990s, you had Marilyn Manson – the less said about him the better.

So by default, I guess Alice Cooper is the scariest guy in rock and roll.  Unless you count Adam Lambert …

MP3: “Black Juju” by Alice Cooper

MP3: “Feast of the Mau Mau” by Screamin’ Jay Hawkins

MP3: “Excitable Boy” (live) by Warren Zevon

MP3: “Frankenstein” (live) by Edgar Winter

MP3: “Don’t Fear The Reaper” by Blue Öyster Cult

MP3: “Skeletons In The Closet” by Alice Cooper

MP3: “Skull Ring” by Iggy Pop w/the Stooges

MP3: “Screamin’ Ball (At Dracula Hall)” by the Duponts

MP3: “Haunted House” by Jumpin’ Gene Simmons

MP3: “The Blob” by the Five Blobs

MP3: “This Is Halloween” by Danny Elfman

MP3: “Bo Meets The Monster” by Bo Diddley

MP3: “Witch Queen of New Orleans” by Redbone

MP3: “Hallowed Be My Name” by Alice Cooper

MP3: “Iron Man” by Black Sabbath

MP3: “Monster Motion” by Bobby “Boris” Pickett

MP3: “Out Of Limits” by the Challengers

MP3: “Purple People Eater” by Sheb Wooley

MP3: “Here Comes The Bride (The Bride of Frankenstein)” by Elvira, Mistress Of The Dark

MP3: “Ghostbusters” by Ray Parker Jr.


Son of Son of Halloween

Posted in Rock Moment with tags , , , , , , , on October 12, 2011 by 30daysout

Face it, Halloween isn’t very scary.  It’s usually pretty funny – this year there will be people dressed up like characters from Harry Potter, or as Charlie Sheen, or maybe even Arnold Schwarzenegger or Rick Perry or Ron Paul.  Surely some women will dress to emulate Lady Gaga, or maybe even Amy Winehouse or Kate Middleton.  Then there will be that one guy who will dress up as Anthony Weiner with a crucial part of his costume enhanced (or removed).  Ha, ha.  As I said, real funny.

Here is the best Halloween blog I’ve ever seen: Magic Carpet Burn

MP3: “The Munsters” by Billy Strange

MP3: “Tubular Bells” (excerpt) by Mike Oldfield

MP3: “Werewolf Women of the SS” by Rob Zombie

MP3: “Graveyard” by the Blenders

MP3: “Nightmare” by the Abstracts

MP3: “Let Me Hear You Scream” (live) by Ozzy Osbourne

MP3: “Dr. Jekyll & Mr. Hyde” by the Who

MP3: “Creature With The Atom Brain” by Roky Erickson & the Aliens

MP3: “Werewolves Of London” by Warren Zevon

MP3: “Dig Up Her Bones” by the Misfits


Review: “Warren Zevon” (Reissue)

Posted in Review with tags , , on November 14, 2008 by 30daysout

warren-zevon-1976

It was 1976.  A warm breeze stirred up pages of a discarded newspaper along Sunset Boulevard.  People seemed a little restless.  The radio played Peter Frampton, Paul McCartney and the goddamn Eagles.  Outside a nondescript recording studio, a man walked out and lit a cigarette, the flickering flame reflected in his eyeglasses.  The world was about to meet Warren Zevon.

Warren Zevon is considered by many people his debut but although it wasn’t his first album, it’s the one that put this hardboiled singer-songwriter on the map.  Linda Ronstadt picked up his “Poor Poor Pitiful Me” and “Mohammed’s Radio” while most of L.A.’s rock royalty (Jackson Browne, Lindsey Buckingham, Stevie Nicks, Carl Wilson of the Beach Boys and Henley-Frey from the goddamn Eagles) appeared on this masterpiece.  Nothing wimpy about this music – the hero of “Carmelita” is all strung out on heroin and “The French Inhaler” is one of the nastier fuck-off songs this side of Bob Dylan. 

Rhino has issued an incredible 2-CD version of Warren Zevon; the second disc is packed with outtakes, alternate tracks, live versions and demos.  The early take here of “Join Me In L.A.” takes the sheen off Jackson Browne’s production, sounding closer to the punk rock that would soon blossom over in NYC.  “Carmelita” isn’t as desperate as the final album version and “Mama Couldn’t Be Persuaded” appears as a live radio cut for rock powerhouse WMMS in Cleveland.  It’s all very terrifying, enlightening and life-enhancing.  Even in its original version, Warren Zevon is a masterpiece.

MP3: “Poor Poor Pitiful Me”

MP3: “Carmelita” (1974 demo)

MP3: “The French Inhaler”

MP3: “Join Me In L.A.” (Take 2)

Warren Zevon official website

Halloween Pot Luck, Part 2

Posted in Uncategorized with tags , , , , , , , , , on October 31, 2008 by 30daysout

It has been pointed out that if we post something called “Halloween Pot Luck,” as we did yesterday, possibly it should have something to do with Halloween.  Well, OK … but it was a nice photo, eh?  Anyway, let’s try again with some genuine Halloween music.  Enjoy your Halloween, remember to use your powers for good and not evil, and be safe tonight. 

MP3: “Werewolves of London” (live) by Warren Zevon

MP3: “Wake The Dead” by Alice Cooper

MP3: “It Came Out Of The Sky” (live) by Creedence Clearwater Revival

One for the ladies!

MP3: “Buried Alive” by Motörhead

MP3: “Nightmare” by Ozzy Osbourne

MP3: “Long Black Veil” (live) by Johnny Cash

MP3: “Sympathy For The Devil” by the Rolling Stones

MP3: “Loving The Alien” by David Bowie

MP3: “Zombie Zoo” by Tom Petty

MP3: “Friend Of The Devil” (live) by the Grateful Dead