Happy Halloween, ghouls and goblins! We at Wear Your Voice are so excited to celebrate this weekend that we made not one, but TWO Halloween mixes. The first one is a refined, closely curated Halloween mix for you to get into the Halloween spirit. Classic tunes like “I Put A Spell On You” and “Thriller” are interspersed with music from artists like Jay-Z, Phantogram, Chelsea Wolfe, HEALTH, Kid Cudi and Grimes. The second has all of the great tunes of the first, but is over twice as long for those Halloween parties that go waaaay beyond the Witching Hour.
No Halloween mix will ever be complete without the ubiquitous “Thriller.” This 1982 song and video is a classic for a reason, and is always a joy to watch. The song was produced by the incredible Quincy Jones, and the 14-minute video was directed by John Landis, who also directed the famous horror movie American Werewolf In London. In 2009 it was added to the National Film Registry by the Library of Congress, the first music video ever added, making it even more historic.
Some describe Rockwell’s “Somebody’s Watching Me” as a knock-off of the more intricately choreographed and beautifully produced “Thriller.” It sounds familiar because that is, indeed, Michael Jackson on backing vocals, along with his brother Jermaine. The son of Motown exec Berry Gordy, Rockwell remains in obscurity save for this one hit.
Ghostbusters II may not have received strong critical acclaim, but it had some great songs on there, including Bobby Brown’s “On Our Own.” The young Bobby Brown wears acid brights as he appears across buildings and screens throughout Manhattan. Cameos feature a young (but still assuredly evil) Donald Trump as Brown is projected onto Trump Tower, along with a young Doug E. Fresh, Iman and half of The Ramones.
Rihanna’s “Disturbia” hit in 2008. Originally written for then-boyfriend Chris Brown, the song features a strong beat and talks about anxiety and confusion. It’s super typical of pop from the era, but video is dark and incredibly fun to watch. The beat and chorus pop with “rubber-ball melodies that bounce around your head.”
California-based goth queen Chelsea Wolfe has built upon a well-established genre, making darkly beautiful soundscapes that are perfect for the season. Plagued by sleep paralysis, the artist cites that in-between state as deeply influential upon her work. Wolfe’s gorgeous songs are haunted by tension and shadow, creating art that is simultaneously ethereal and nightmarish. You can check out one of her full performances via KEXP.
Find your Halloween groove and keep the party going with these spooky tunes. Check back next week for the next awesome #MusicMonday playlist, available through Spotify.