Friday, October 31, 2008

Dancing at the Zombie Zoo!

Come on in, the party has just begun! DJ Frankenstein is spinnin' tunes tonight and he's definitely got some treats for you. Have a safe and happy Pooky Night everyone!

Zacherley - Zombie Zoo [originally by Tom Petty & The Heartbreakers]
Originally from Tom Petty's 1989 Full Moon Fever, this odd cover gives it the novelty horror treatment courtesy of Mr. John Zacherle,

Vincent Price - Monster Mash [originally by Bobby "Boris" Pickett]
The funk of forty thousand years reached a pinnacle with this awesome recording by the horror icon. In a fittingly creepy tribute, Monster Mash creator Bobby "Boris" Pickett's remains were recently immortalized as a certified diamond.

Groovie Ghoulies - Time Warp [originally from the Rocky Horror Picture Show]
From the Rocky Horror Punk Rock Show, an all-punk tribute album to the cult musical.

Bonerama - Frankenstein [originally by The Edgar Winter Group]
Couldn't stop DJ Frankenstein from playing this one... Beware, this live cover clocks in at a frightening 13 minutes! Recommended if you like LONG trombone solos.

Shock of Pleasure - Spooky [originally by Classics IV]
This spooky cover ended up in my inbox several months ago from Dallas electro-lounge act Shock of Pleasure whose album It's About Time also features a cover of the Delaney & Bonnie song Superstar (a huge hit for The Carpenters).

Argies - Psycho Killer [originally by Talking Heads]
A sweet foreign language cover from Argentinean rockers, the Argies.

Helloween - Hocus Pocus [originally by Focus]
The best rock yodel song!

The Rowdymen - Clap for the Wolfman [originally by The Guess Who]
This lifeless (undead?) cover of The Guess Who comes from a tribute album Guess Who's Home by local Winnipeg artists. I'm still curious to check out the rest since it includes several unlikely cover candidates of classic Guess Who material. The original was a tribute to American DJ Wolfman Jack whose own voice (palely imitated here) features prominently throughout the track.

Bobby "Boris" Pickett and the Crypt-Kickers - Transylvania Twist
[originally by Count Dracula??]
So that's what happened to the Transylvanian Twist! Recorded by the Monster Mash man himself.

Rasputina - Bad Moon Rising [originally by Creedence Clearwater Revival]
A gothic cello dirge of a cover.

Dev Large for Devastator Enterprises - Fantasia [Dirty Raw Bobo James Mix]
[originally by Mussorgsky]
An awesome remix of Mussorgsky's Night on Bald Mountain, famously used in a sequence from Disney's Fantasia. It's from a Japanese album Disney Breaks & Beats, which again proves the Japanese take their Disney cover songs seriously and that's why I love 'em. I've posted this before, but I think it's essential to any Halloween party mix.

Bing Crosby - The Headless Horseman (alternate version)
One of my favourite Halloween-themed songs from Disney's animated version of the legend of Sleepy Hollow. This was sung and written (I think) by Bing Crosby who also provided the narration for the short film, which made up half of the Disney feature The Adventures of Ichabod and Mr. Toad. This version of the song is different than the one found in the film and I presume it was recorded for radio play... I found it on the eMusic album Klassic Kiddies' Sing a Long Songs.


Max said...

The Frankenstein cover absolutely rocks.

Fongolia said...

Definitely seek out Bonerama on iTunes. They've got equally awesome covers of some classic rock tunes: Led Zeppelin (Moby Dick, The Ocean), Black Sabbath (The Wizard), The Beatles (Helter Skelter), and probably more, all in their distinct style. They've also got one live album on eMusic.

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