Monday, December 9, 2013
Happy Halloween my haunted friends. May you not gag from too much candy corn.
Though I won't be rocking a costume (it just hasn't been the same since my childhood Wonder Woman get-up) the setting of my Halloween merriment will be at Empire Dine & Dance portlandempire.com for tonight's Halloween Clash of the Titans! Clashes are local musician supergroups battling it out with songs from famous acts, or in tonight's case the iconic albums "PURPLE RAIN" versus "THRILLER." You had better believe I wanna be startin' somethin'. Doors are at 9 and it's a 21-plus affair.
In the meantime, here's ten my favorite Halloween-esque (and I gave myself a world of latitude with this) tunes. May all your candy bowls be filled with Kit Kats.
1. Nina Simone's version of Screamin' Jay Hawkins' "I Put A Spell on You". All words fail...
2. "(Everyday is) Halloween" by Ministry. This is from when they were all about synths and such back in 1984. It's all I can do not to have a dance party right here at my desk.
3. "Haunted" by Shane McGowan (Oh how I love The Pogues) and Sinead O'Connor (my beloved)
4. "The Ghost in You" by The Psychedelic Furs. This song holds a special place in my heart. I will never tire of it.
5. "My Wife and My Dead Wife" by the always clever and wonderful Robyn Hitchcock
6. "Your Ghost" by Kristin Hersh featuring the five star vocals of Mr. Michael Stipe. How can you not love this song?
7. "Scary Monsters" by David Bowie. No explanation necesary. Right?
8. "Happy Phantom" by Tori Amos. My heart belong to Tori. That's all there is to it. Keep chasing those nuns out in the yard, honey.
9. "Waking the Witch" by Kate Bush. She's the queen of brilliance. period.
10. "Haunted as the Minutes Drag" by Love and Rockets. I love this song so much it hurtsTweet
Aimsel Ponti has been obsessed with - and inspired by- music since she listened to Monkees records borrowed from the town library when she was six years old. She's a huge fan of the local music scene and interviews an act every week for "Making Noise" which runs in the Press Herald GO section. You'll also find her out and about absorbing live music like a sponge and roaming around local record shops and flea markets.