September is gearing up to be an early Christmas for me with the release of Ben Folds' new album, Amanda Palmer's debut solo album (produced by Ben Folds), Neil Gaiman's new The Graveyard Book, and the Gaiman/Palmer photo book. Yes, all my favourite artists randomly got together and had babies. Now there's another release to add to that list: Nightmare Revisited.
Last year I got all excited when I found out Rodrigo y Gabriela had been tapped by Danny Elfman to record a cover of Oogie Boogie's Song for a special edition of the Nightmare Before Christmas soundtrack. According to their official website at the time, "RyG to appear along side the Killers and Marilyn Manson on Nightmare Before Christmas Soundtrack reissue. Danny Elfman asked Rod and Gab to record Mr Oogie Boogie for a special edition release of the soundtrack." After months of nothing and no other source for this info, I chalked it up to another empty promise like when they told us at the Edmonton Folk Festival that they'd be back in October as part of their Canadian tour (didn't happen then nor the 2 years since). Well, now comes the official announcement and tracklist that is exciting and disappointing at the same time:
Nightmare Revisited (release date: September 30)
1. DeVotchKa - Overture
2. Danny Elfman - Opening
3. Marilyn Manson - This Is Halloween
4. All American Rejects - Jack's Lament
5. Amiina - Doctor Finkelstein/In The Forest
6. Flyleaf - What's This?
7. The Polyphonic Spree - Town Meeting Song (!!)
8. The Vitamin String Quartet - Jack and Sally Montage
9. Sparklehorse - Jack's Obsession
10. Korn - Kidnap The Sandy Claws
11. Rise Against - Making Christmas
12. Yoshida Brothers - Nabbed
13. Amy Lee - Sally's Song
14. RJD2 - Christmas Eve Montage
15. Plain White Ts - Poor Jack
16. Datarock - To The Rescue
17. Shiny Toy Guns - Finale/Reprise
18. Danny Elfman - Closing
19. The Album Leaf - End Title
20. Rodrigo y Gabriela - Oogie Boogie’s Song
Looks like The Killers were a premature announcement as they're nowhere to be seen, but The Polyphonic Spree are an exciting addition. We'll at last get to hear Rodrigo y Gabriela's take on Oogie Boogie's Song, an unlikely but intriguing choice for the Mexican folk-metal guitarists. My eyes roll at the inclusion of Korn, Rise Against, and All American Rejects but I invite them to prove me wrong like Fall Out Boy's surprisingly great cover of What's This?.
Rodrigo y Gabriela - Diablo Rojo
If you're not familiar with them, definitely seek them out. I saw them live 2 years ago in a truncated 30 minute performance and it is still a highlight concert for me.
Flip Kowlier, Gabriel Rios, & Michael Franti - What's This? [originally by Danny Elfman from The Nightmare Before Christmas]
Outside of the covers from these official releases, Nightmare Before Christmas covers are pretty scarce. Here's a fun cover recorded for a Belgian radio station if I remember correctly.
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