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Friday Riffs: What’s your favorite creepy song?

I’m not really one for horror films and haunted houses. I see no reason to intentionally scare myself – also why I stay away from roller coasters – when there are so many other things in the world I’m already afraid of but can’t escape (let’s start with flying!).

So when Halloween rolls around, I tend to go the cat route or the Peter-Criss-as-cat route rather than anything ghoulish or zombie-like.

Where am I going with this? Well, while I don’t like creepy STUFF, I can get into the occasional creepy song. So, with Halloween a few days away, here are a few tunes that give me chills for one reason or another.

What would you add to the list?

Marilyn Manson, “Sweet Dreams (Are Made of This”) – Such a brilliant choice of cover for the one-time shock rocker (surely he played it last night at Lakewood?), but it’s also the Manson (cover) song most likely to pop up in a nightmare.

Nine Inch Nails, “Closer” (warning: this is the uncensored version so language is intact) – You could probably make the case that any Nine Inch Nails creation is macabre, but the buzzsaw-march of one of NIN’s best-known songs is particularly unshakable.

Nine Inch Nails: Closer (Uncensored) (1994) from Nine Inch Nails on Vimeo.

Sufjan Stevens, “John Wayne Gacy Jr.,” – Can a song about a serial killer be anything except creepy?

Toni Amos, “’97 Bonnie and Clyde” (Eminem cover) – When Eminen lopes along in a rap, it’s intriguing. When Amos steadily whispers the lyrics, it’s more than a tad distressing.

Pink Floyd, “One of These Days” – It’s not the music so much, but that horrifying voice declaring, “one of these days I’m going to cut you into little pieces,” that will send the shiver down your spine.

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October 26th, 2012
9:00 am

Queens of the Stone Age – Someone’s In the Wolf.


October 26th, 2012
9:05 am

Oingo Boingo – “Dead Man’s Party”


October 26th, 2012
9:10 am

Blue Oyster Cult — Don’t Fear the Reaper

Bragg Jam

October 26th, 2012
9:15 am

Police – Murder By Numbers

mystery poster

October 26th, 2012
9:20 am

Deer Tick also has a song about John Wayne Gacy, called “Clownin Around.”
Pretty creepy

mystery poster

October 26th, 2012
9:21 am

How about Foster the People’s “Pumped up Kicks”?


October 26th, 2012
9:34 am

Queens of the Stone Age again:

Burn the Witch


October 26th, 2012
9:45 am

Black Sabbath, Black Sabbath, from the album Black Sabbath (their 1st song on their first album)


October 26th, 2012
9:49 am

Where the Wild Roses Grow – Nick Cave w/Kylie Minogue


October 26th, 2012
10:14 am


Anything by Gary Glitter…

Sarah B

October 26th, 2012
10:14 am

Red Right Hand by Nick Cave

atlanta gal

October 26th, 2012
10:15 am

DOA by Bloodrock; Black Sabbath by Black Sabbath; My name is Norman Bates by Landscape; Tubular Bells by Mike Oldfield


October 26th, 2012
10:29 am

Possum Kingdom – The Toadies

Mitch Kumstein

October 26th, 2012
11:31 am

Dead Babies by Alice Cooper

White Trash Bill

October 26th, 2012
12:08 pm

Mr. Crowley by Ozzie Osbourne:

Oh, Mr. Crowley, did you talk with the dead?


October 26th, 2012
12:52 pm

“Bela Lagosi’s Dead” by Bauhaus. Or on a lighter note, “Cuts You Up” by Peter Murphy.

Hammond B3

October 26th, 2012
1:33 pm

“Halloween II” by the Misfits, “Feel the Pain” by The Damned and “Bela Lugosi’s Dead” from Bauhaus. Happy Halloween to all.


October 26th, 2012
1:55 pm

At the left hand ov god – Behemoth!
Initium and He who can not be named – Samhain, or pretty much anything by Samhain, the best horror rock band in history.
Reign In Blood – Slayer

Ostrich Racer

October 26th, 2012
2:03 pm

“Smell the Glove,” Spinal Tap


October 26th, 2012
2:45 pm

“Lady Godiva’s Operation” – Velvet Underground


October 26th, 2012
4:07 pm

The Fresh Prince and Jazzy Jeff Freddy’s rap. Freddy Kruger still gives me the willies


October 26th, 2012
4:12 pm

@ Mystery Poster. Yeah that song upon further review is creepy as hell


October 26th, 2012
7:23 pm

Anything by the Misfits.


October 26th, 2012
10:20 pm

Gloomy Sunday, the suicide song.

Don't Tread

October 26th, 2012
10:59 pm

Most anything by Rob Zombie…

Not sure of the title...

October 26th, 2012
11:33 pm

but it goes like this: “four more years! Four more years !! Four more years !!”

Scary, very very scary.

Victim of a loose bowel movement

October 27th, 2012
12:22 am


October 30th, 2012
11:24 pm

Angel Like by Boondox