Put this In Your Earholes: I Got Yer Hallowe’en Music Right Here
Even though I hate parties with a fiery passion that consumes my very soul, I’ve always secretly longed to have one of those soirées that you see sometimes in movies or television. The kind where everyone just sits around drinking and chatting and dancing while the Best. Music. Ever. (for the theme) plays in the background. Do those parties even exist in real life? Idk. And like I mentioned in that first sentence, I probably wouldn’t go even if they did.
BUT that doesn’t mean I am not sometimes driven to create a playlist that might appear in one such movie or television show. And, always, there’s a theme. I told Susie weeks ago that I knew I for suresies wanted to do a Hallowe’en playlist, because mix tapes always have been and always will be my jam. But it wasn’t until I actually started to put some thought into it (and this has already gone through several subpar iterations) that I realized exactly what I needed to do.
“But wait,” you may be saying to yourself. “I don’t think I even know what psychobilly is or why you’d think it’s appropriate Hallowe’en music.”
If this is you, keep reading. If not, go ahead and scroll down to the playlist (or click here if you’re super impatient).
Okay, so, psychobilly is one of those subgenres that you’re probably aware of but maybe didn’t know even had a term. Whereas rockabilly is a fairly obvious portmanteau of rock n’ roll+hillbilly (what country music was frequently referred to as in the 40s and 50s), psychobilly takes it just a bit further. Take your standard rockabilly, add in a few heaping teaspoons of punk rock (of the aggressively apolitical variety), stir with a large wooden spoon created from the neck of an upright bass and bake in a science fiction/horror oven for three to six minutes (or until you’re involuntarily dancing your ass off).
It doesn’t take itself seriously at all, which is probably the thing I love most about it. Go to a psychobilly show, and you’re pretty much guaranteed to have a good time (I will totally vouch for this statement as I went to hundreds of psychobilly shows in Southern California during its brief renaissance in the mid-90s).
Enough about that, let’s get to this mix tape I’ve made for you guys. If you should HAPPEN to have a party, I can almost guarantee you’ll have people moving their butts on your homemade dance floor. Make sure you have lots of room in case they start doing flips and shit, ‘kay? Lots of songs to have you moving (with the tiniest bit of horrorpunk thrown in for variety), and then a nice slow song to get them all close and hot and bothered before you send them home. I mean, you always gotta end with an “Earth Angel,” right? Right.
I hope this encourages you to throw your own amazing Hallowe’en party. Please let me know how many people died of dehydration from dancing too hard. That’s a mark I aspire to.