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.