Latest Twitter challenge for the month of October came from @firstnamebob. With Hallloween being associated with the month of October and all things spookiness I thought this would be fun to engage in.

I got my thinking cap on straight away but judging from my picks below which I include with the Spotify link, I tended to go mainly with songs that I knew that had the theme in the title track. I am terrible with lyrics but there are some songs that I do remember bit of the lyrics too. I will add these in below.

Quite a lot of different rock genres here. All of them I think are quite unique and kind of reflect on my tastes in rock music. I had a lot of fun researching and picking theses songs. I hope you like them.

Day 1 Death

Iron Maiden – Dance of Death

Title track from Iron Maiden’s 13th album, Dance of Death which is drummer Nicko McBrain’s debut song writing credit with the band.

Day 2 Weapons

Black Rebel Motorcycle Club – Six Barrel Shotgun

I kill you all with a six barrel shotgun
I kill you all but I need you so
I tear my finger from the trigger baby
I tear my fingers ’cause I’m feeling low and son
Son, Sunday’s sun never shone on me
Son, Sunday’s sun never shone on me

Day 3 A Murder/er

The Clash – Somebody Got Murdered

Stand out track from The Clash’s fourth album, Sandinista!

Day 4 Mystery

U2 – Mysterious Ways

After The Joshua Tree and Rattle & Hum, U2 rip it all up and reinvent themselves with Achtung Baby! (1991) and was the second single following the release of The Fly. Not quite horror related by lots of mystery in here and I just love this song.

Move you, spirits move you (It’s all right, it’s all right, it’s all right)
Move, spirits move you, oh, yeah (She moves in mysterious ways)
Does it move you, she moves with it (It’s all right, it’s all right, it’s all right)
Lift my days, and light up my nights, oh

Day 5 Darkness

Idlewild – Actually It’s Darkness

Actually it’s darkness, I don’t know what I’m scared of
It’s darkness, I must be scared of something
You must be scared of something, quite quite special

Day 6 Haunted

Queens of the Stone Age – Head Like a Haunted House

An appropriate offering for the Halloween run here. From Queens of the Stone Age’s seventh album, Villians (2018)

Day 7 Revenge

Nirvana – Frances Farmer Will Have Her Revenge on Seattle

Frances Farmer Will Have Her Revenge on Seattle from Nirvana’s third and final studio album, In Utero (1993).

The song’s title and lyrics reference the American actress Frances Farmer, a native of the band’s adopted hometown of Seattle, Washington, who struggled with mental health issues and faced involuntary commitment several times in her life, which she claimed led to her suffering from systematic abuse.

Day 8 Blood

Slayer – Raining Blood

From Slayer’s third album, Reign in Blood (1986), at four minutes and seventeen seconds, this is probably my favourite Slayer song. Love it when they play it live as you get goosebumps.

Day 9 Monsters

The Automatic – Monster

What’s that coming over the hill? It’s a monster. Third single from Welsh band, The Automatic in 2006. Catchy? Yes. It’s a fun song. It was the first one I came up with when trying to find a song with a reference to monster in either the title or lyrics.

Day 10 Grief

Foo Fighters – Good Grief

This Foo Fighters song from their debut album in 1995 was probably the only song I could think of it came to me straight away.

since I’m putting down all of the true things around, but I like it
I handed down the crown, given the jewels and the answers of may
the thought of being ousted comes and goes
comes and goes
when I think about it the wind blows

Written by Dave Grohl during the final years of Nirvana. It could mean anything. Is he writing about Kurt? Who knows? Have a listen and draw your own conclusions.

Day 11 Shake/Shiver

Probot – Shake Your Blood

Probot was Dave Grohl’s heavy metal side project. Guitar and drums by Grohl but it’s Lemmy Kilmister (Motorhead) who provides the song and plays bass here. Great song.

Day 12 Animals

The Stooges – I Wanna Be Your Dog

Debut single from The Stooges, fronted by Iggy Pop. Another tune that came to me straight away.

Day 13 Devil

Pixies – Monkey Gone To Heaven

The one time I actually do remember lyrics and it’s from Pixies Monkey Gone to Heaven with it’s chorus:

And if the devil is six
Then God is seven.

So the devil gets a mention here.

Day 14 Pain

Manic Street Preachers – Archives of Pain

You can’t get any more bleak and evil bass line than Archives of Pain by Manic Street Preachers from their classic The Holy Bible (1995) album.

I wonder who do you think you are
Do you devil or do you think you’re God or something
God give life, God taketh it away, not you
I think you are the devil himself

Could easily have fitted in the previous days offering but think the song fits in here.

Day 15 Crime

Queensryche – Operation Mindcrime

Title track from Queensryche’s rock opera and concept album.

Operation Mindcrime
We’re an underground revolution working overtime
Operation Mindcrime
If you come to see the doctor
Yeah, he’ll give you the cure

Day 16 Trapped/Caught

Jane’s Addiction – Been Caught Stealing

Hit single from Jane’s Addiction 1990 album, Ritual de lo Habitual. 

I’ve been caught stealing
Once when I was 5
I enjoy stealing
It’s just as simple as that
Well, it’s just a simple fact
When I want something,
I don’t want to pay for it
I walk right through the door
Walk right through the door
Hey all right!
If I get by, it’s mine

Day 17 Poison

Bob Mould – Poison Years

Following the break up of Hüsker Dü, Poison Years from 1989’s Workbook album seems to take aim to his former band mate, Grant Hart.
Poison thoughts in my mind
Got to free myself from this bind
I know I’m a reasoning guy

In an act like Jesus Christ
Stare into the sun
You don’t see eye to eye with anyone

I throw it all away (Don’t talk to me no more)
The more I think, the less I’ve got to say (I don’t remember you no more)
About these poison years: it’s just a memory

Day 18 Execution

Mission of Burma – Execution

Starting listening to a bit of Mission of Burma after a few Twitter conversations regarding the band, this track was recommended to me which features on their debut EP, Signals, Calls, and Marches (1981). Execution doesn’t feature in the lyrics but it was in the title so I went with that.

Day 19 Suicide

Bruce Springsteen – Born to Run

I was very uncomfortable with the theme for today, suicide. Not an easy subject to gloss over especially if you have been impacted by it and when metal bands mention it they get accused of glorifying suicide. I picked Born to Run by Bruce Springsteen as today’s track based on the opening lines:

In the day, we sweat it out on the streets
Of a runaway American dream
At night, we ride through mansions of glory
In suicide machines
Sprung from cages out on Highway 9

Lots of Bruce’s songs resonate around cars and the American dream. Probably the safe option than going for a Slayer song!

Day 20 Midnight

Iron Maiden – 2 Minutes to Midnight

2 Minutes to Midnight by Iron Maiden from Powerslave (1984) attacks the commercialisation of war and how it is used to fuel the global economy (“The golden goose is on the loose and never out of season”), how rich politicians profit directly from it (“as the reasons for the carnage cut their meat and lick the gravy”) and how after a war concludes, the world is left in a far worse condition than before the war began, resulting in future wars (“to the tune of starving millions to make a better kind of gun”).
Referencing the Doomsday Clock, which represents a countdown to potential global catastrophe. In September 1953 the clock reached two minutes to midnight, the closest it ever got to midnight in the 20th Century.  It was then set at 12 minutes to midnight in 1972, regressed thereafter among US–Soviet tensions, reaching three minutes to midnight in 1984 – the year this track was released – and at that time the most dangerous clock reading since 1953.  Scary stuff!

Day 21 Blasphemy

Depeche Mode – Blasphemous Rumours

From Depeche Mode’s 1984 album, Some Great Reward. The song follows the tragic journey of a teenage girl who finds God after a suicide attempt, only to be killed in a car crash two years later. The narrator concludes, “I don’t want to start any blasphemous rumors, but I think that God’s got a sick sense of humor, and when I die, I expect to find him laughing.”

Day 22 A Mess

Dinosaur Jr. – Freak Scene

Music journalist Everett True wrote that Freak Scene from Dinosaur Jr.’s 1988 album Bug invented the slacker generation.
Seen enough to eye you
But I’ve seen to much to try you
It’s always weirdness while you
Dig it much too much to fry you
The weirdness flows between us
Anyone can tell to see us
Freak scene just can’t believe us
Why can’t it just be cool and free us?

Day 23 Church

Rage Against The Machine – Vietnow

From Rage Against The Machine’s second album, Evil Empire (1996). 
The lyrics “is all the world jails and churches”, is influenced by the works of American novelist James Baldwin. Baldwin’s 1953 novel Go Tell It on the Mountain includes the character Roy Grimes arguing with his mother and commenting, “You think that’s all that’s in the world is jails and churches?” At least one of James Baldwin’s books is contained on Rage Against the Machine’s Evil Empire liner notes, one of many books used for reference.

Day 24 Breath

Pearl Jam – Breath

This was a hard one to come up with but I went for one of my favourite tracks from the 1990s. Breath by Pearl Jam first appeared on the soundtrack to the 1992 film, Singles.

Day 25 Candy

Ash – Candy

Not really a horror related song but Candy by Ash from 2000’s Free All Angels is glorious power pop with well-crafted lyrics by Tim Wheeler and feature a sample of The Walker Brothers Make It Easy On Yourself.
Oh Candy, my dreams
Oh Candy, my dreams
Candy, my dreams
Oh Candy
Candy, pure as driven snow
Come to me, you are not alone
Oh Candy, you’re everything to me
You and I will always be free

Day 26 Evil

Iron Maiden – The Evil That Men Do

The Evil That Men Do from Iron Maiden’s classic Seventh Son of a Seventh Son album (1988).
The title of the song is taken from Marcus Antonius’s speech while addressing the crowd of Romans after Caesar’s murder in Shakespeare’s Julius Caesar: “The evil that men do lives after them; The good is oft interred with their bones.” 

Day 27 Party

Refused – The Refuse Party Program

Not quite a Halloween party song but I couldn’t resist picking this one by Refused.

In the wake of our existence, in our parades and in our dances;
touch, see and behold the wisdom of the party program.
Essential in our lifetime and irresistible in our touch,
the great spirits proclaim that
capitalism is indeed organized crime and we are all the victims.
This next one is called Refused Party Program.

This is the pulse, this is the sound
This is the beat of a new generation

Day 28 Insanity

Slayer – Seasons in the Abyss

Seasons In The Abyss was the first Slayer album I ever bought. Compared to their previous releases this album and indeed the title track, was very accessible. If you weren’t a big trash fan you could appreciate this. The video for it was pretty good too.

Close your eyes and forget your name
Step outside yourself and let your thoughts drain
As you go insane, insane

Day 29 Falling

Faith No More – Falling to Pieces

Faith No More’s The Real Thing (1990) is one of my favourite albums and Falling to Pieces was one of their most successful songs released from it. Mike Patton is amazing as the new vocalist for the band. It is just a crazy song.

Because I’m somewhere in between
My love and my agony
You see, I’m somewhere in between
My life is falling to pieces
Somebody put me together

Day 30 Magic

Megadeth – Five Magics

Another classic from 1990 and also from my first Megadeth album, Rust in Peace. Great album with lots of great solos by Dave Mustaine.

Possessed with hellish torment, possessed with hellish torment
I master magics five, I master magics five
Hunting the abyss lord, hunting the abyss lord
Only one will stay alive, only one will stay alive
He who lives by the sword, he who lives by the sword
Will surely also die, will surely also die
He who lives in sin, he who lives in sin
Will surely live the lie

Day 31 Halloween

Sonic Youth – Halloween

It’s Halloween and I pick this one by Sonic Youth from the 1985 album, Bad Moon Rising. The cover of the album features a scarecrow with a flaming jack-o’-lantern as its head. I guess that’s as about the only connection this has to Halloween.

The song however is nothing to do with Halloween whatsoever!

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