The big day is here, the Great Punkin is loose in the night, and here on the Dork Forty… I’m afraid our month-long celebration is going to end with a whimper instead of a bang. Due to some WordPress issues, I’m not able to post videos tonight. So our big Halloween mix-tape ends with last night’s Tom Waits marathon. But I’ve still got some pictures for you, so… Let the (somewhat subdued) Halloweenie celebrations begin!
Aaaanndd… I can’t let the evening go by without at least one song. Even though I can’t post videos, I can post links to them, so…
I’ve been trying to avoid the Halloween standards, the stuff you hear on every compilation on the market. Nothing against those songs, of course, but it’s good to get a rest from them every once in a while. But tonight, I ran across an alternate take on one of those songs so different from the original that it’s well-worth a listen. So click below, and enjoy the unreleased alternate version of Screamin’ Jay Hawkins’ “I Put a Spell On You.”
BONUS HALLOWEEN ALTERNATIVE!! These links are a bit disappointing, but I’m going to share one more with you anyway. The father of all horror movie hosts (and the Dork Forty King of Halloween) is Zacherley (aka John Zacherle). His fame rose to such a high level in the late 1950s that Zacherley released a hit record. “Dinner With Drac” was a sensation, but the popular released version of the song was actually not the original. It was a toned-down, cleaned-up re-recording suggested by Dick Clark (then an influential rock DJ and personal friend of Zacherley). Deemed too gruesome for mainstream America, the original recording was relegated to a seldom-heard B-Side. But it kicks the official version’s ass, from its awesomely weird lyrics to one of the hotter guitar licks of the era. It’s been a favorite of mine since childhood, and it’s well-worth a click if you’ve never heard it.