Over the past week I’ve flown from Oklahoma to Dallas, Dallas to Baltimore, taken a shuttle from Baltimore to Washington D.C., ridden the Metro back and forth several times, taken a shuttle from D.C. back to Baltimore, flown from Baltimore to Dallas, and driven a rental car from Dallas back home after the final leg of my trip was cancelled.
It’s no surprise that my sinuses are out of whack. I’ve been sniffling and snorting, dealing with a runny nose and burning throat all week. These are the sounds of sinus, as immortalized in 1983 by Mark Young.
Monster Mash. Thriller. Ghostbusters. Everybody has their “go to” list of classic Halloween songs. And maybe that’s what I like most about Dr. Demento’s “Spooky Tunes & Scary Melodies,” as it contains several tracks that don’t make most people’s Halloween mixes.
The album kicks off with Werewolves of London (another Halloween classic), but from there quickly slides into not-so-common B-sides. Tracks two and three, “A Nightmare on My Street” and “The Haunted House of Rock” are both Halloween raps. You don’t hear a lot of Halloween rap for some reason. That’s followed by several other Halloween tracks that don’t get much play: “Attack of the Fifty Foot Woman”, “Castin’ My Spell”, and “Halloween Spooks”. The last three tracks on the CD are from more well-known artists; there’s Bo Diddly’s “Bo Meets the Monster”, Alan Shermin’s “My Son, the Vampire”, and finally the Weird Al classic, “Nature Trail to Hell”.
I picked this CD up years ago for a couple of bucks in a used CD bin, and it always gets a spin or two around Halloween. If you are tired of the same ‘ol Halloween songs and are looking for something a little different, keep one (bloody) eye out for this one in your favorite used CD haunts.
Its official title was The Double ‘B’-Side was released in 1981. It was a double B-side single album released by Polydor on Depressive Discs. Both songs on the disc involve Marvin from Hitchhiker’s Guide to the Galaxy. Song 1 was, “Reasons To Be Miserable”, and I have only heard it as an adult. Song 2, “Marvin I Love You”, got some play on the Dr. Demento radio show, and was featured on one of the Dr. Demento “Greatest Hits” compilation albums. It still makes me happy when I hear it.