Whatcha listening to this Halloween evening?
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- Bob Guy
- CLLN Music Club
- Crooks and Liars
- Dear Jeepers
- Frank Zappa
- Iron Maiden
- Late Night Music Club
- Letter from Jeepers
- Ryan Pressman
- Warren Zevon
- Werewolves of London
- grateful dead
- late night
- late night music
- music club
- night music
- night music club
Happy Halloween, everybody. Tonight we've got some early works of Frank Zappa's that poke fun at a lot of classic horror tropes and characters. The music is mainly based on an ostinato rock vamp coupled with some sound effects that are commonly associated with horror films, like howling wolves and rattling chains. Taking the lead over the music is a spoken-word performance by Bob Guy, playing a ghoul named "Jeepers". In the lyrics, Jeepers reads a letter from Count Dracula thanking Jeepers for attending a party of his, to which Jeepers responds in "Letter from Jeepers". The lyrics, while intentionally cheesy and strange, are also comedic, much like many of Zappa's works throughout his career. The humorous wordplay paired with Guy's enthusiastic performance makes for a fun listen this Halloween.
Got any favorite Halloween tunes?
This is my favorite time of year, and Halloween is our family's biggest holiday. Needless to say, Tim Burton's classic movie, The Nightmare Before Christmas, is in constant rotation in our house. Danny Elfman's score is great for all ages, and I frequently find myself walking around with his songs stuck in my head. So let's get the weekend started early with the opening sequence from the movie. Have a ghoulish night.
One more day until the wickedest of them all. What would Halloween be without some Iron Maiden?
It's Friday and our Halloween celebration continues!
We continue our Halloween celebration with this 1956 gem by Screamin' Jay Hawkins. Demon Boogie!
Happy Halloween from everyone at Crooks and Liars and our Late Night Music Club. Roky Erickson is touring now, not an everyday occurrence. Try to see him live if you can; he is something else! He used to be leader of Austin's 13th Floor Elevators (the Texas Grateful Dead) but I first met him when he recorded an album, The Evil One released by my label in San Francisco. "Don't Shake Me Lucifer" is one of my favorite songs he ever wrote and a real rocked out tune for any night:
You have a favorite Halloween song?
Late Night with Frank Zappa
When I was sixteen a friend turned me on to "Overnight Sensation," and the rest is history. Every Halloween from that point on was reserved for Frank Zappa, in concert at the Felt Forum in N.Y.
There was nothing like seeing Frank and his many different bands live. This recording is from 1978 and mostly Frank just jaming away...Enjoy.