Buttkickin’ Halloween Songs: “What’s He Building” — Tom Waits (1999)

He has no children of his Own you see… He has no dog And he has no friends and His lawn is dying… and What about all those packages He sends. What’s he building in there? Tom Waits’s brilliantly macabre 1999 spoken-word song What’s He Building is absolutely infuriating. Horrifyingly, maddeningly infuriating. Of course, it makes for…

Buttkickin’ Halloween Songs: “Bad Things” — Jace Everett (2005)

When you came in the air went out And every shadow filled up with doubt I don’t know who you think you are But before the night is through I wanna do bad things with you… I am completely disappointed with myself. Utterly so. I’ve been running this Buttkickin’ Halloween Songs ridiculousness since October 2013 and only…

Buttkickin’ Halloween Songs: “Street of Dreams” — Blackmore’s Night (2006)

I heard the sound of voices in the night Spellbound, there was someone calling I looked around, no one was in sight Pulled down, I just kept on falling… So living freakin’ guitar legend Richie Blackmore has spent the better part of the last two decades creating folk/Renaissance music with his wife Candice Night under…

Buttkickin’ Halloween Songs: “Salem’s Secret” — Peter Gundry (2015)

No quoted lyrics this time around. We’re featuring our first instrumental piece of the season. While doing my annual summertime due diligence, where your host starts looking for new and fascinating pieces to feature for our Halloween playlist, I discovered the work of Australian composer Peter Gundry. Gundry has released numerous albums that specialize, according…

Buttkickin’ Halloween Songs: “Nature Trail To Hell” — “Weird Al” Yankovic (1984)

Coming this Christmas to a theater near you The most horrifying film to hit the screen There’s a homicidal maniac who finds a Cub Scout troop And he hacks up two or three in every scene… Howling winds. Screaming victims. Backwards messages. Impending doom. And a chilling final minor chord on piano that lingers like…

Buttkickin’ Halloween Songs: “I Feel The Dark” — Opeth (2011)

Veiled comes the daylight through the glass In the never-ending rain This is no friend of mine Stalking the comfort within Any one of two dozen Opeth masterpieces could dot this particular landscape. Heck, almost anything from Blackwater Park would do just fine, and I’d love to devote an entire post to that album sometime.…