OA: Rock Cesario Column October 31, 2008

Halloween Tunes to howl about

What is your favorite Halloween song?

Is it Bobby “Boris” Pickett’s “Monster Mash”? Maybe it’s “Thriller,” “Ghostbuster,” “Purple People Eater,” “Spooky” or is something else your favorite?

For me, it is Warren Zevon’s classic “Werewolves of London.”

“I saw a werewolf with a Chinese menu in his hand/ Walking through the streets of Soho in the rain/ He was looking for a place called Lee Ho Fook’s/ Going to get himself a big dish of beef chow mein/ Werewolves of London.”

A couple of years ago, an employee asked me to put together a Halloween CD for the store. So, of course, I did, and I am going to share it with you.

The disc starts out with the theme song from “The Addams Family” TV show. It was one of my favorites when I was a kid, even though it was pretty corny at the time. It had some very funny moments, and was much better than “The Munsters.”

The second track is Adam Sandler’s cover of Zevon’s “Werewolves of London.”

“If you hear him howling around your kitchen door/ Better not let him in/ Little old lady got mutilated late last night/ Werewolves of London again/ Werewolves of London.”

Song No. 3 is Peter Green’s “Fleetwood Mac” and the original version of “Black Magic Woman” in Louisiana-style voodoo blues.

The next song is Donovan’s classic “Season of the Witch” with its mysterious and spooky style that Donovan was great at.

“Everyone’s Gone To the Movies” from Steely Dan is the next song I chose because it has a line in it about bobbing for apples. This is followed by Edgar Winter’s “Frankenstein,” which to me needs no explanation.

Next up is and Traffic’s classic “Medicated Goo,” which could be anything you want it to be. Three Dog Nights’ cover of Randy Newman’s classic “Mama Told Me Not to Come” is the perfect follow-up to
“Medicated Goo.” Spirit’s great tune “Animal Zoo” is next, then the theme to the TV classic “The Twilight Zone.”

Speaking of television, the next track is Richard Thompson’s cover of Donovan’s “Season of the Witch” from the soundtrack to “Crossing Jordan.” It is 9 minutes of wicked guitar by one of the greats.

“He’s the hairy-handed gent who ran amuck in Kent/ Lately he’s been overheard in Mayfair/ Better stay away from him/He’ll rip your lungs out, Jim/I’d like to meet his tailor/Werewolves of London.”

The theme to “The Munsters” is next followed by The Eagles’ “Witchy Woman” and Jimmy Buffett’s “Halloween In Tijuana,” a pair of great songs.

“Jack A Lynn,” another perfect song for the holiday from Jethro Tull, is next up and it is followed by another great Fleetwood Mac tune, “Hypnotized” and The Eagles again with “Take the Devil” from the band’s first

Next up is The Atlanta Rhythm Section’s version of “Spooky” followed by Santana’s incredible cover of “Black Magic Woman.” After that is Warren Zevon and “Werewolves of London.”

Well, I saw Lon Chaney walking with the Queen/ Doing the Werewolves of London/ I saw Lon Chaney Jr. walking with the Queen/ Doing the Werewolves of London.

“I saw a werewolf drinking a piña colada at Trader Vic’s/ His hair was perfect/ Werewolves of London/ Draw blood.


I chose to close the disc with the theme to another TV classic, “Alfred Hitchcock Presents.” And as Hitchcock might say, “Good Evening and Happy Halloween.”

Rock Cesario owns Triple Play Records, 530 Main St., and hosts “Acoustic Sunday” from 9 a.m. to noon Sunday on Drive 105.3 FM. E-mail him at .(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address).


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