Welcome to the sixth Halloween mix. Â Lambert, Hendricks & Ross; Curtis Mayfield; Charlie Daniels; Billy Bragg; Van Halen; Donovan; and, of course, many more…!
1. Halloween Spooks Lambert, Hendricks & Ross (1959) Â Â Â 2:17
2. The Halloween Song Evangelicals (2007) Â Â Â 2:29
A seasonal number from the Oklahoma indie group, Evangelicals.
3. She’s Got a New Spell Billy Bragg (1988) Â Â Â 3:25
From Bragg‘s Workers Playtime, which includes “The Great Leap Forward” and “The Short Answer.” Â A great record.
4. Crazy as She Goes The Legion of Doom [Gnarls Barkley vs. The Raconteurs] (2006) Â Â Â 3:19
5. The Devil Is An Angel Janiva Magness (2010) Â Â Â 3:09
The title track fromÂ Janiva Magness‘sÂ latest album.
6. Runnin’ with the Devil Van Halen (1978) Â Â Â 3:37
Eddie Van Halen, David Lee Roth, Alex Van Halen, Michael Anthony. Â The original Van Halen and the first song from the band’s debut album.
7. (Don’t Worry) If There’s a Hell Below We’re All Going to Go Curtis Mayfield (1970) Â Â Â 3:28
The first song onÂ Curtis, Mayfield‘s debut solo record. Â The same LP that introduced “Move on Up.”
8. Sheep Go to Heaven Cake (1998) Â Â Â 4:45
From Prolonging the Magic, Cake‘s third album (features the hit “Never There”).
9. Last Night I Nearly Died Duke Special (2006) Â Â Â 3:49
Appears on the band‘s album Songs from the Deep Forest.
10.Â Only the Good Die Young Billy Joel (1977) Â Â Â 3:53
From Joel‘s hit album, The Stranger… which had many other hits – “Movin’ Out (Anthony’s Song),” “Just the Way You Are,” and “She’s Always a Woman.” Â Below, an energetic Joel performs the song in… 1981? Â His attire suggests 1981 or thereabouts.
11.Â Live and Let Die Paul McCartney & Wings (1973) Â Â Â 3:13
The theme song to the James Bond film of the same name. Â Here’s a live performance that I would guess (based on the hairstyles) dates to the mid-1980s.
12.Â Where The Bodies Are John Wesley Harding (1992) Â Â Â 4:21
From Harding‘s Why We Fight.
13.Â Bury Me In Smoke Burnt Ones (2010) Â Â Â 3:41
From the Burnt Ones‘ debut LP, Black Teeth & Golden Tongues.
14.Â Die, All Right! The Hives (2000) Â Â Â 2:46
Appears on the same album as the band‘s “Hate to Say I Told You So” – Veni Vidi Vicious.
15.Â Danger! High Voltage Electric Six (2003) Â Â Â 3:35
Featuring a vocal turn by Jack White, the Electric Six warns us about the dangers of high voltage. Â On the dance floor. Â There’s a really campy video for the song, which may be NSFW – well, depending on where you work.
16.Â Black Ghost/Black Girl Starling Electric (2006) Â Â Â 2:26
From Starling Electric‘s debut LP, Clouded Staircase.
17.Â Casper the Friendly Ghost Mike Doughty (2009) Â Â Â 1:33
The former Soul Coughing frontman sings about the friendliest ghost you know.
18.Â Wall of Death R.E.M. Â (1994) Â Â Â 3:09
From the great album of Richard Thompson covers, Beat the Retreat.
19.Â Dead Flowers The Rolling Stones (1971) Â Â Â 4:05
Sticky Fingers. Â The Stones. Â Keith Richards recently talked to Fresh Air‘s Terry Gross. Â He doesn’t talk about this song, but he does talk a good bit.
20.Â Season of the Witch Donovan (1966) Â Â Â 4:56
From Donovan‘s album Sunshine Superman.
21.Â Swamp Witch Jim Stafford (1973) Â Â Â 3:36
Stafford‘s first hit – top 40 in 1973.
22.Â The Legend of Wooley Swamp The Charlie Daniels Band (1980) Â Â Â 4:15
When I was a student at Choate, I did my own radio show once a week, in the evening – Saturday nights, perhaps? Â I don’t remember. Â I do remember that my one regular listener called himself “Mr. Skittles” (after the candy, presumably) and would always call to request this specific song. Â So, Mr. Skittles, this song goes out to you – the Charlie Daniels Band‘s top 40 hit from 1980.
23.Â The End of the Track The Fleshtones (1987) Â Â Â 4:04
The band recorded for so many different record labels that there’s unlikely ever to be a great compilation of the Fleshtones‘ over-30-year career. Â Indeed, many albums are out of print and have yet to be released via any on-line music service. Â The Fleshtones vs. Reality is one such album – and the source for this particular song, a tune that gives conclusive proof that garage-rockers also listen to Judy Garland. Â (In this tune, you’ll hear some quotes from her “The Trolley Song.”)
It may be the end of the track, but it’s not the end of the Halloween mixes. Â One more mix still to come. Â Stay tuned!