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.
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.