Friday’s Frightful Five

Halloween is almost upon us and to get into the spirit of all things spooky, we’ve put together five creepy records.

From The Raveonettes to Bauhaus, we hope you enjoy our selection…!

Blue Magic – Born On Halloween (1975)

Blue Magic’s second LP ‘Thirteen Blue Magic Lane’ featured several tracks with decidedly spooky titles including ‘Haunted (By Your Love)’ and ‘The Loneliest House on the Block’. By no means a hit at the time, ‘Born on Halloween’, did manage to strike a chord with the crate digging community and has since been sampled countless times by the likes of Young Jeezy, DJ Quik, and Dilated Peoples…

Bauhaus – Bela Lugosi’s Dead (1979)

Bauhaus’s first single heralded the emergence of gothic rock. The understated tune is steeped in cinematic horror and ethereal gloom – its title refers to the actor famous for playing Dracula in the original 1931 movie, and Bauhaus also performed the song during the opening credits of 1983 horror film The Hunger…

Nick Cave & The Bad Seeds – Red Right Hand (1994)

Nick Cave’s best-known single is an eery mix of nursery-rhyme simplicity and disturbing imagery. The phrase ‘red right hand’ refers to John Milton’s Paradise Lost, specifically to the vengeful hand of God – so the more erudite of your Halloween party guests can spot the connection while everyone else merely shuffles to the dark beat…

The Raveonettes – I Wanna Be Adored (2010)

With album names such as ‘Raven In The Grave’, and having contributed to the soundtracks of numerous horror games, The Raveonettes are clearly no strangers to the dark side. And what could be more suitable for the Halloween weekend than listening to a moody Danish take on a Stone Roses classic? Commissioned for Dr. Martens’ 50th Aniversary,  the duo’s close two-part vocal harmonies offer a perfect outlet for the somewhat chilling lyrics…

John Carpenter – Night (2015)

A true auteur, John Carpenter has been responsible for much of the horror genre’s most striking soundtrack work in the fifteen movies he’s both directed and scored. Now 68, he’s still actively making and releasing new music – this lovely track is cut from his ‘Lost Themes’ LP on Sacred Bones. What’s more, the video features the man himself enjoying a liberal dose of virtual reality…

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