As I promised several weeks ago, I’ve put together a playlist for a Halloween house party of the sort that me and my friends might attend. There are lots of dark party tunes ahead, and hopefully you’ll like them! Sadly, I don’t have MP3s of most of these songs, so I’m posting links to videos on Youtube. I hope you don’t mind!
So, without further ado…
Bring Me The Horizon – Football Season Is Over (After The Night Remix): Here’s a good one to get the party started – a dark, pounding dance remix of a metalcore classic.
Panic! At The Disco – This Is Halloween: In 1993, Tim Burton released The Nightmare Before Christmas, with a soundtrack by Danny Elfman. By the early ’00s, it had become a cult classic and part of the alternative scene (to the point where it gets referenced in a Blink-182 song and last Halloween paramore frontwoman Hayley Williams and her boyfriend – New Found Glory guitarist Chad Gilbert – dressed as Jack and Sally). When the special edition was released in 2006, Several alt-rock bands, including Panic!, recorded covers for the soundtrack – indeed an entire album of covers were also released. This is one of the highlights – the other being far to Christmassy for this playlist – so I thought I’d include it.
Bring Me The Horizon ft. Lights – Don’t Go: An old classmate of BMTH singer Oli Sykes was involved in a murder, years ago, and Oli wrote a song about it. No more need be said.
Fall Out Boy – Dance, Dance: Not particularly dark, but so damn catchy!
…OK, now it’s time for a few slow jams:
Blink-182 – I Miss You: Aw, look! They’re all grown up! They’re singing about their feelings! Bonus points for this in the first verse:
The unsuspecting victim
of darkness in the valley
we can live like Jack and Sally if we want,
where you can always find me
and we’ll have Halloween on Christmas
and in the night we’ll wish this never ends
So a Nightmare… reference and the ‘Jack and Sally’ line was written by Travis Barker, who never writes lyrics for Blink!
Taking Back Sunday – …Slowdance On The Inside: Originally a much more fast-paced song called ‘You Can Slowdance on the Inside’, this song was written about TBS frontman Adam Lazarra’s then girlfriend Michelle Nolan. After Lazarra and Michelle broke up, and TBS lead guitarist John Nolan (her brother) and bassist Shaun Cooper quit to form Straylight Run with Michelle, the song was slowed down and tweaked a little. What began life as this century’s most bitter song about a relationship in freefall became this century’s most bitter breakup song. Beautiful, just beautiful.
(+44) – Chapter 13: Nobody’s quite sure what this song is about or why the twelfth track on the album was called ‘Chapter 13’. One interesting theory is that it was inspired by Chapters 13 and 14 of Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince, an idea that I plan to discuss in another post. For those who don’t know, (+44) was formed by Mark Hoppus and Travis Barker of Blink-182 after Blink went on indefinite hiatus in 2005.
Amanda Palmer & The Grand Theft Orchestra – The Bed Song: A haunting little ditty about love lost and chances missed.
…let’s speed things back up a little…
Box Car Racer – I Feel So
Finch – What It Is To Burn
Hearts Under Fire – Liquid Luck: Yay! Another Potter reference!
Emilie Autumn – Misery Loves Company
Fairport Convention – Tam Lin
Fairport Convention – Genesis Hall
New Found Glory – Don’t Let Her Pull You Down: If only for the video…
…it is a truth universally acknowledged that a party with alt-rock soundtrack, no matter what the theme, will reach a point where everyone is quite drunk and Fat Lip by Sum 41 mysteriously comes on. Everybody will sing along to the bit that goes ‘Bortion, bortion, bortion, bortion’ on the middle eight…
By now, everybody will be ready to hit the town, so let’s finish off with Save Our Selves (The Warning) by The Blackout. ‘Going out! Going out! Going out!’, etc…
Happy Halloween! Enjoy the music!