Halloween Music: Hellzapoppin’! [Updated X7]

Hit it!

Slam Stewart, the double bassist in that scene, had a remarkable party piece where he would double his bowed bassline with a vocal an octave up (he was also one of the double bass greats besides this gimmick). The results were similar to those produced by modern electronic trickery with the vocoder, but produced live by just a guy, his voice, his bass and a bow:

Stewart’s contemporary Major “The Mule” Holley was blessed with a basso profundo, and he developed a similar technique, only he sang in the same octave as his double bass, producing a very eerie sound:

Perhaps inevitably, Holley and Stewart dueted:

If all that doesn’t sound spooky enough for you, have at it in the comments and share some suitably seasonal music (or anything else you like).

From the comments (Can’t promise I’ll do this all night, but we’ll see how it goes. I’m not the only one with the keys to this joint anyway ... *hint*)


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Another Halloweenie Tune:


Comment by Mr. Whipple on 10/31/11 at 07:57 PM

Warren Zevon

The Rolling Stones




(Ministry link fixed. Thanks YAFB. You must be psychic or somethin’.)

HTP, that Ministry link’s the same as the Stones one, so I made a wild guess ...

Couple more:

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=bWmXN1aNLfc&featu re=related


Rock on.

Comment by Mr. Whipple on 10/31/11 at 09:07 PM



Comment by Mr. Whipple on 10/31/11 at 09:40 PM

A little nostalgia for the old folks:

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=nXLQAGJoz3k&featu re=related

Comment by Mr. Whipple on 10/31/11 at 10:00 PM

I nearly had a mid-air collision with YAFB a few minutes ago so I’ll stay out of the back room. Links to the disappearing music posts I ran recently. (See? You weren’t going crazy.)

My Dying Bride - La Figlie Della Tempesta.

(10 minutes of Unadulterated Goth.)

The Chameleons - Swamp Thing.

(This song makes up for 96% of the 1980’s.)

Judas Priest - Green Manalishi.

(I don’t like the original version. Sue me.)

Greenskeepers - Lotion

(An ode to Buffalo Bill.)

On a roll..

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=rKOhAUxZ9J8&featu re=related

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=8DLLJ5n60cM&featu re=related

Comment by Mr. whipple on 10/31/11 at 10:07 PM

I nearly had a mid-air collision with YAFB a few minutes ago so I’ll stay out of the back room. Links to the disappearing music posts I ran recently.

S’OK. I’ll give you air clearance to whack those up if you want, I’m getting RSI here.

Tim Curry sings ‘Anything Can Happen On Halloween’, here. 

It’s from a 1980s special called ‘The Worst Witch’, if you’ve never heard the song before.

Comment by JasonM on 10/31/11 at 10:22 PM

The Misfits sing about ‘Halloween’.

Comment by JasonM on 10/31/11 at 10:29 PM

David Bowie and Frank Black with “Scary Monsters (and Super Creeps)”

Comment by Oblomova on 10/31/11 at 10:54 PM

That’s the last update from me for tonight—better get some shuteye or I’ll be a monster in the morning.

Ah, Bauhaus - excellent.

From the dark psychedelic genre - 25 O’Clock by Dukes of Stratosphear (aka XTC). And what I assume must have been the inspiration for that: Time (Has Come Today) by the Chambers Brothers.

Late 60s bubble-gum silliness: Judy In Disguise (with Glasses).  [And funny back-story I hadn’t seen before.]

Comment by meepmeep09 on 11/01/11 at 12:15 AM

I am fairly actively horrified with y’all’s awful taste in Halloween music. Everyone go hang your heads in shame. Y’all spend too much time listening to pop radio and not listening to stuff that might stand a chance of actually scaring someone.

Jack Kittel - “Psycho”

Jim Stafford - “Swamp Witch”

Oingo Boingo - “Insanity”

Those Poor Bastards - “The Dust Storm”

Krzysztof Penderecki - “Threnody to the Victims of Hiroshima”

I could keep going, but (a) I gotta go to work and (b) it’s November 1, and y’all shoulda asked me for help earlier.

Go and sin no more, you purchasers of brightly colored Halloween Barbies at Wal-Mart.

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