Sophisticated Monster Muu-zak and Buried Horror Films to Howl For

Posted by The Bay Area Crew, October 29, 2017 05:26pm | Post a Comment

By Kai Wada Roath
Ambassador of Confusion Hill and host of the Super Shangri-La Show

Close you eyes and picture in your mind that Gomez and Morticia Addams are throwing a party. One can not imagine them playing Bobby "Boris" Pickett's "Monster Rap" or Elvira's "2 Big Pumpkins." I see Lurch pulling the cobwebs off their record collection and tossing the needle on such classics as The Zanies' "Russian Roulette," Ken Nordine and his Kinsmen's "Strollin Spooks," and of course all five of the amazing Frankie Stein and the Ghouls records.

If you find yourself humming the theme to Experiment in Terror every time you cross the Emperor Norton bridge late at night or cruising up to Twin Peaks for a super burrito at Taqueria Miraloma, then this is the truly the Hallow's eve music for you. The 1960's was the golden ghoul era of Monster music and here are a just a few LPs and 45s to keep your eyes peeled for...not to mention a couple spooky flicks.

Does the Ventures in Space album blow your socks off and the reverb of Johnny "Big Hand" Bartlett of The Phantom Surfers rev your slant six? Then you should hunt down the 1964 Deadly Ones LP It's Monster Surfing Time and "Werewolf" by The Frantics. Most likely these are no-brainers (like a zombie?) and you have already heard them if you know the prior.

Of course there are "newer" surf bands that deliver "the creepy" such as The Ghastly Ones and Satan's Pilgrims too. (I have played Satan's Pilgrims 45 "Haunted House of Rock" perhaps 97 times in my current human life.)

Maybe you are a fan of Lee "Scratch" Perry and Jackie Mittoo or you have a giant spider on the front of your Vespa for Skalloween? Check The Upsetters' "The Vampire" and Laurel "King Horror" Aitken's hit songs "Dracula Prince of Darkness," "Frankenstein," "Ghost Hour," and of course my favorite, "The Loch Ness Monster."

Is your record player is still broken in your garage by your Atari 2600 and you have plans to stay at homeWilliam Shatner, Thriller and just watch re-watch some old Val Lewton movies on Halloween? Have you seen the Inner Sanctum Mysteries collection starring Lon Chaney, Jr. or perhaps theTV series Thriller hosted by Boris Karloff? The Thriller episode tilted "The Grim Reaper" with the great god William Shatner is superb! Other such overlooked classics are the 1964 ventriloquist horror movie Devil Doll, The Legend of Hell House, Burn, Witch, Burn, and the Hammer film The Gorgon.

This is obviously just a tip of the iceberg to sink your cruise-liner. Go to your closest Amoeba store and explore their vaults of weird wonders for more.

Stay ghoul, daddy-o.

Ghoul Music

Frankie Stein

The Deadly Ones

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