Buttkickin’ Halloween Songs: “Boris The Spider” — The Who (1966)

Look, he’s crawling up my wall Black and hairy, very small Now he’s up above my head Hanging by a little thread Boris the spider… So picture it: Joe Robbie Stadium in Miami, Florida, July of 1989, and your intrepid narrator is 18 years old and baked out of his gourd while attending a Who … Read more

Buttkickin’ Halloween Songs: “He’s Back (The Man Behind The Mask)” — Alice Cooper (1986)

Did you hear that voice Did you see that face Or was it just a dream This can’t be real That only happens, babe On the movie screen… It’s always kind of special when a Friday the 13th falls in October, a perfect apotheosis of Spooktacular Occurrences. So in honor of this auspicious occasion, I’m … Read more

Buttkickin’ Halloween Songs: “Set The Controls For The Heart Of The Sun” — Pink Floyd (1968)

Little by little the night turns around. Counting the leaves which tremble at dawn Lotuses lean on each other in yearning Under the eaves the swallow is resting Set the controls for the heart of the sun… For the several gazillion people out there who fail to recognize the wealth of material that makes up … Read more

Buttkickin’ Halloween Songs: “Robber’s Ball” — Paul McCartney (1978)

Well, welcome to the Robbers’ Ball Both gentlemen and ladies all Are welcome to the revelry tonight… Hey lookee here, Hokeyblog is hyping some Paul McCartney. I am sure you’re quite shocked. And stunned. And that will be the last Rutles reference of the evening… But bear with me here, because Robber’s Ball is strongly … Read more

Buttkickin’ Halloween Songs: “Supertzar” — Black Sabbath (1975)

Black Sabbath. The forefathers of Heavy Metal. The masters of gloom and doom rock. Nobody does classic hard rock on the crunchy side like Sabbs. And if you hadn’t noticed, there are no lyrics posted here. That’s because┬áSupertzar is one of their many instrumental tracks, and holy crap this thing is an atmospheric musical beast. … Read more

Buttkickin’ Halloween Songs: “Dream Warriors” — Dokken (1987)

I lie awake and dread the lonely nights I’m not alone I wonder if these heavy eyes Can face the unknown… Yes, 80s hair metal. Deal with it. Aw come on now, as far as 80s hair metal goes, few did it better than Dokken. Oh sure, they were replete with all the spandex and … Read more

Buttkickin’ Halloween Songs: “Furry Happy Monsters” — R.E.M. and Muppet Rockers (1999)

Come on, monsters! You don’t have to cry, we can be happy! Well things were looking a bit dark there, weren’t they? So let’s lighten the mood a bit with some patented Halloween lighthearted fun, courtesy of R.E.M. and the Muppet Rockers from Sesame Street. Taking inspiration from their much loathed 1991 hit Shiny Happy … Read more

Buttkickin’ Halloween Songs: “Henry Lee” — Nick Cave & The Bad Seeds featuring P. J. Harvey (1996)

I can’t get down and I won’t get down And stay all night with thee For the girl I have in that merry green land I love far better than thee And the wind did howl and the wind did blow… Quite frankly, you could do a WHOLE lot worse than Nick Cave and PJ … Read more

Buttkickin’ Halloween Songs: “Night Prowler” — AC/DC (1979)

Too scared to turn your light out ‘Cause there’s somethin’ on your mind Was that a noise outside the window What’s that shadow on the blind Highway To Hell is AC/DC’s best album and that’s not even up for a debate, so let’s move on from that statement and declare that Night Prowler could be … Read more

Album Review: “Off The Ground” — Paul McCartney (1993)

With Off The Ground, his first of three studio album releases in the 1990s, Paul McCartney had positioned himself in uncharted waters of sorts. After the critical and commercial triumph of 1982’s Tug Of War, McCartney began what can be best described as a career slide. It was a slow one, to be fair; the … Read more

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