When our man David Medsker sent out a missive to the rest of the writing staff in hopes of finding someone to pinch hit for him on the Halloween edition of the Friday Mixtape, I immediately raised my hand. I knew it had been awhile since I’d taken a shot at doing one of these things, but, damn, it turns out that it’s been a two and a half years! As such, I decided to check in with the Grand Poobah of Popdose – Jeff Giles, ya’ll – and see if I might be able to not only make up for lost time but also keep a vaguely Halloween-y theme by expanding the Mixtape to 31 songs, one for each day in what is ostensibly the scariest month of the year.
P.S. Bonus points for the first person to identify why I threw in the Nilsson song, even though it would seem on the surface to be an incongruous inclusion.
7. Serge Gainsbourg – Docteur Jekyll Et Monsieur Hyde, from Initials SG (2003)
28. Strawberry Slaughterhouse – Teenage Torturechamber, from Teenage Torturechamber (1994)
31. North American Halloween Prevention Initiative – Do They Know It’s Hallowe’en?, from the Do They Know It’s Hallowe’en? single (2005)