18. Novelty Tunes! Bobby Pickett – Monster Mash and Beware of the Blob by Bernie Nee
A novelty song released in October of 1962 and the best-known song by Bobby “Boris” Pickett, Monster Mash reached number one on the Billboard Hot 100 chart and has been a Halloween favorite ever since. Give the Misfits version a try, too!
Beware of the Blob was performed by The Five Blobs, a group of studio musicians put together in 1958 by session leader Bernie Nee. OK, that’s not quite right – The Five Blobs were all Bernie Nee. His vocals were overdubbed 5 times. Written by Burt Bacharach and Mack David (Hal David’s brother), the single was released on Columbia Records and became a hit, peaking at #33 on the Billboard Hot 100.
The only “rave” tune in our lineup, it’s pretty creepy. It features a little girl crying and an Ice T sample: “I am a nightmare walkin”. It was a popular breakbeat anthem in its day.
16.The Cramps – Surfin’ Dead and .45 Grave – Partytime
Both of these tunes can be found on the soundtrack to Return of the Living Dead. Surfin Dead is a fun rockabilly (psychobilly?) tune from the Cramps (RIP, Lux Interior). Also from the ROTLD soundtrack is Partytime from the horror punk outfit .45 Grave, with lead singer Dinah Cancer. Remember the lyrics? “Do you wanna party? It’s party time!”
15.Alien Sex Fiend – Now I’m Feeling Zombiefied / I Walk The Line
Goth rock band Alien Sex Fiend comes from the UK, composed of the married couple Nik Fiend (Nick Wade) and Mrs. Fiend (Christine). Don’t forget guitarist Rat Fink, Jr.! “Now I’m feeling Zombiefied” has this cool stripped down electronic sound to it. Also try: “Dead and Buried”.
A favorite of Dario Argento’s, who used them in most of his movies. Of course, you also know them from the Dawn of the Dead Soundtrack. Our picks are: Profundo Rosso, Suspiria, Zombi, Buio Omega, and Tenebre. If you feel like dancing, give the Remixes Collection a try.
13. Murderdolls/Frankenstein Drag Queens From Planet 13
In 1996, Joesph Poole (known more commonly as Wednesday 13) formed Frankenstein Drag Queens from Planet 13. In the style of hard punk, they’re lyrics were inspired by B-horror flicks and pop culture. Some of their influences were Alice Cooper, the New York Dolls, and KISS. In 2001, the Drag Queens would break up, and Wednesday 13 would go on to front for The Murderdolls. Don’t worry, their sound is similar. Trivia: Joey Jordison from the Murderdolls would go on to drum for Slipknot.
Recommendations: Beyond the Valley of the Murderdolls, which features Love at First Fright and the anthem Dawn of the Dead.
12. Type O Negative
The Brooklyn band’s lyrical emphasis on themes of romance, depression, and death has resulted in the nickname “The Drab Four”. Type O Negative went Platinum with 1993’s Bloody Kisses.
Listen for the Addams Family sample in Black No 1. Dig the lyrics: “Lovin’ You was like lovin the dead”