I'm A Master!...

Having participated in my third Green Monkey Music Project, I have earned the title of Green Monkey Master. I thank Splotchy for this honor and for all the work he's done in creating cool, themed music mixes. This one was Halloween-themed. While my songs aren't necessarily scary, they do contain minimal references to Halloween-based elements. Here are my selections:
  • Dick Dale - Ghostrider In The Sky: I've had the pleasure of seeing Dick Dale, the king of surf guitar, in concert a few times. He's a no-nonsense kind of performer. Most of you know him as the guy who did the theme to "Pulp Fiction".
  • Fats Waller - Abercrombie Had A Zombie: I figured a zombie was fitting for Halloween. Fats Waller music is almost always fun and swinging.
  • Tones On Tail - Movement Of Fear: This song is pretty eerie-sounding so I thought it fit. There isn't a lot of Tones On Tail music out there, but I think what exists is pretty neat. I'm sure Bauhaus and Love And Rockets fans are probably familiar with them.
  • Donovan - Season Of The Witch: Usually Donovan is singing about butterflies and rainbows, but here he strays into the darker side. I love Donovan, cheeseball as he can be. I met him at a Tower Records and he signed the liner notes on my copy of "A Gift From A Flower To A Garden".
  • Velvet Underground - The Black Angel's Death Song: That's a pretty scary title, huh? I really like the Andy Warhol album this is off of.


Splotchy said...

I really dig that Fats Waller song, had never heard it before.

And I really love that Donovan song as well.

Thanks a lot for playing, and congrats on being a mix master!

Shoot me an email when you get the itch to helm your own GMMP mix -- I'm not sure of the specifics of how it'll be executed, but we can talk about it when the time comes.

Spooky Spooney said...

Some good ones:

Aerosmith - "Seasons of Wither"
Screamin'Jay Hawkins - "I Put a Spell on You"
Eagles - "Witchy Woman"
"Spooky" - I forget who did it.
David Bowie - "Scary Monsters"
Edgar Winter - "Frankenstein"
The obvious Warren Zevon's - "Werewolves of London"

Barbara Bruederlin said...

Very nice list! I'm going to have to listen in a while, as I have exceeded my hourly downloading. (I feel like such a glutton!)

Well done on getting your green belt. And zombies are fitting for any occasion, really.

vikkitikkitavi said...

Y'all are too sophisticated for me. I'm stuck down here with The Monster Mash.

The Lady Who Doesn't Lunch: said...

I was so pleased to see Tones on Tail on your list. A good call for the list and I had forgotten they exisited even though I once met and flirted heartily with Danial Ash.

You've caused me to dig thru the old milk crates Guy. Thanks, it's fun!

The Lady Who Doesn't Lunch: said...

oh yes, I got all nutty and forgot to say congrats to the Master

Megan said...

Spooney - I hate the fuckin' Eagles, man.

Johnny Yen said...

Dick Dale had a great little cameo in the 1987 movie Back To The Beach in scene where he and Stevie Ray Vaughn were doing a great cover of the surf classic Pipeline.

Brian Auger and Julie Driscoll's cover of Season of the Witch is also really good.

The first Velvet Underground's first album is a classic. I saw John Cage's quote about that album-- something to the effect of "We only sold 15,000 copies of that album, but everybody who ever bought it went out and formed a band." It's a very influential album.

Spooney said...

Megan said...
"Spooney - I hate the fuckin' Eagles, man."

I always wanted to hate them too. I tried to be an Eagle-Hater for years, but I have to admit I like some of their shit.

Chris said...

Splotchy- I'll be in touch. Thanks again!

Spooney- I totally forgot about that Screamin' Jay Hawkins one! He's great.

Barbara- Thanks and thanks for stopping by! I have not yet downloaded everything, but I'm looking forward to it.

Vikki- Truly a graveyard smash...

TLWDL- They seemed a natural for a spooky mix. Thanks!

Johnny Yen- I have that Dale/Vaughn duet on disc. Let me know if you'd like a copy.