As many of you know, I’ve been actively seeking creepy sounds for the Halloween season.
Some of you were even kind enough to offer up your suggestions. And they were, in fact, absolutely terrifying.
So I’ve decided to include some of them (as many as I could!) in this mix tape offering.
It’s broken into two categories…
The first are songs that scare me, J-Money.
The second section includes songs I solicited from friends.
I know you guys didn’t know I was going to use your suggestions for this, and honestly I didn’t, either. It just happened.
In any case, thanks for your feedback!
Let’s get to it…
Songs That Scare Me
Teddy Bear’s Picnic – Henry Hall and His Orchestra
Of all the songs on this list, this one scares the most shit out of me.
Just what is this?
Is this supposed to be a kids’ song? Because it sounds like something Jack the Ripper would sing while gleefully tormenting a prostitute.
For a song about teddy bears, this is the least wholesome sound I’ve ever heard.
The creepy voice… The shifts from high to low… The ominous, yet gleeful tone…
And above all else, lyrics that are terrifyingly vague:
“If you go down in the woods today you’re in for a big surprise… You better go in disguise…”
Well first, aren’t the woods a public space? Shouldn’t I just be able to go whenever I damn-well please?
Because the Teddy Bears are lying there in ambush “beneath the trees where nobody sees” to “hide and seek as long as they please.”
Okay, well, why this particular day then? This sounds like a ritual. Is today the day the Teddy Bears harvest organs?
Is that why I need I need a disguise? Lest I be discovered to be an intruder? Then what?
There’s only this ominous warning at the end:
“If you go down in the woods today you better not go alone!
It’s lovely down in the woods today but safer to stay at home.
For every bear that ever there was will gather there for certain because
today’s the day the Teddy Bears have their picnic.”
Good God. What the hell is going on in these woods?
Who are these “Teddy Bears”?
Who the hell is Henry Hill, for that matter? And how many kids did he molest and leave in the forest before hanging himself from the nearest branch?
These are questions for which we will never have answers.
Gooble Gobble, One of Us – Freaks
It would be easy to look at this clip and say it’s not so much the song as it is the circus freaks singing it.
And that’s probably true… to a point.
Still, the song itself is creepy.
I can’t imagine being at a party and having my hosts break into this weird chant of acceptance. You could just go with “For He’s a Jolly Good Fellow,” you know?
And if you’re truly accepting someone into your ranks, freakish or not, you need not say so explicitly in the song’s lyrics. That just makes it sound sarcastic.
I like to think I’d be polite in such a situation, but I definitely understand Cleopatra’s reaction. Depending on how things had gone to that point, and how intoxicated I’d gotten, I might freak out, too.
Tom Waits… Just Tom Waits in General
Everywhere I looked, and everyone I asked offered up one Tom Waits song as another.
And rightfully so. He’s an awesome, brilliant musician, whom we all love. And yet, his music can be both bizarre and creepy.
Oily Night, Murder In the Red Barn, What’s He Building In There?
Take your pick.
Stay weird Tom Waits, stay weird.
Skulls – The Misfits
I talked about the Misfits in my last Mix Tape review.
I’m a big fan, and this is one of my favorite Misfits songs. I just feel strange singing along to lyrics involving misogyny, serial murder, and decapitation.
“The corpses all hang headless and limp.
Bodies with no surprises.
And the blood drains down like devil’s rain.
We’ll bathe tonight.
I want your skulls, I need your skulls…”
Give’em this: When they write a song called “Skulls,” they make it about skulls.
The Devil’s Workday – Modest Mouse
The horns… the banjo… Isaac Brock’s unhinged vocals… It’s a spooky sound.
“Gonna take this sack of puppies,
Gonna set it out to freeze.
Gonna climb around on all fours,
‘Til the blood falls out my knees.”
Kinda reminds me of “Country Death Song” by the Violent Femmes
Goodnight, Irene – Leadbelly
A lot of these old recordings creep me out, and that’s especially true of Leadbelly.
After all, this is someone who went to prison for shooting and killing a man (a relative no less) over a woman. He got out of jail on good behavior, only to go back five years later for stabbing another guy in a fight. And while serving that second term, he got in a fight with another inmate, who stabbed him in the neck.
Finally, after leaving prison for a second time, Leadbelly records this, his signature song, about pursuing a sexual relationship with a minor.
The whole thing sounds terribly menacing. It’s got that whole “If I can’t have you no one can!” vibe that makes me picture him slowly strangling this poor Irene girl with guitar string whilst shushing her to sleep.
He also intimates a desire to commit suicide, either by drowning himself in a river or overdosing with morphine.
“I wish I’d never seen your face,
I’m sorry you ever was born.
And if that’s enough, then there’s this song.
Songs That Scare You
Hamburger Lady – Throbbing Gristle
This scares me.
The fuck is this?
From an online commenter:
“Throbbing Gristle tried to create a disorienting aura to illustrate the pain, despair, and confusion of a woman who was burnt so badly that her flesh looked like hamburger meat. They also tried to create an ominous, evil sound to display the cruelty of keeping someone like that alive. It’s a very disturbing song.”
Alright. Well thanks for that! See you in my nightmares!
Yeah, totally. I get it.
Sure these kids are annoying but they’re scary, too. They’re really everything that’s wrong with the upcoming generation.
They dress like hipsters… They hide lackluster vocals behind outlandish choreography… They’re way happier than they have any right to be…
They’re really just a bunch of entitled fucks.
And worse, in this particular video, they’re giving their phone numbers to strangers (unsolicited), which is the exact opposite of what they should be doing.
Especially with sickos like Henry Hall running loose.
You dumb kids deserve what’s coming to you: Underemployment, crippling debt, shattered illusions, and a Teddy Bear picnic.
Kids in General
This one comes standard. Everyone knows kids are creepy.
What is it about this kind of broken playground music that’s so chilling, though?
Logically, I don’t understand it, because I never met a kid who scared me.
Kids, they’re not so big. You can push them right down or whatever. They’re so weak.
But if you were to happen across one perched listlessly on an overgrown fountain, singing a song like this on an overcast day?
It’d be fucking terrifying.
Kids are weird.
Obviously. This is another no-brainer.
You got a carnival; you got freaks, carnies, and clowns.
What can I say? It’s a weird culture.
But whatever. If they want chocolate give them the damn chocolate. They look like they bite.
DIMMU BORGIR – Progenies of The Great Apocalypse
No. Just no.
These guys are trying wayyyy to hard.
I keep picturing them at their day jobs. Guys like this wear facepaint so you won’t recognize them when they’re toasting your sandwich at Quiznos.
Look guys – Kenny, Bill, Kevin – we all love Halloween but it can’t be year-round. I know full-well you’re not going home to sacrifice anybody. Your mom would never let you get away with that on her new carpet.
There’s not even enough room in the trailer, anyway.
If you wanted us to believe you were spawned from Hell you really shouldn’t of blown 3/4 of your budget on that stripper flopping around on a leash.
You’re damned alright, but not to a fiery inferno. More like an Arby’s in Des Moines with perpetually sticky floors.