While Mr. Dunphy’s upcoming Friday Mixtape is one of the most esoteric tributes to All Hallow’s Eve that you will ever see, I chose a more commercial (read: lazier) path to celebrating my second-favorite holiday of the year. Now dance, you fuckers.
Ministry – Everyday Is Halloween
I hope your dancing shoes are comfortable, because this puppy is ten and a half minutes long. I couldn’t believe it when I moved to Chicago and people told me that “Halloween” was used locally to promote Miller Lite or something else anathema to everything Alain Jourgenson later stood for. Jourgenson has since dismissed this song, along with everything that came before Twitch, but I’m sure he doesn’t dismiss it enough to send back the royalty checks.
Dead or Alive – Something in My House
The remixers had their work cut out for them on this one, considering the album version acts like an extended mix. (That guitarist in Dead or Alive could shred, dude.) In fact, I prefer the album version to the mix included here – there is another mix that had dialogue from “The Exorcist,” but I can’t seem to find it – but this is the White Label column. Gotta use the remix.
Concrete Blonde – Bloodletting (The Vampire’s Song) (Extended Version)
Yep, even Johnette Napolitano played the 12″ game. The mix isn’t anything fancy, but what did you want from Concrete Blonde? Shep Pettibone with the Latin Rascals handling edits?
Squirrel Nut Zippers – Hell (Springfield Mix)
Of all the things I found on Napster in its heyday, this is one of my favorites. Some genius out there found the common ground between “Hell” and the many religious references on “The Simpsons.” A word of warning, though: once you hear this, you’ll never hear the song the same way again. But then again, once you’ve heard this, you won’t want to hear it any other way.
Cameo – Candy
Gotta have a little treat to go with the trick. (*Imitates Larry Blackmon*) Yesss I doooooo!