Sunday, October 19, 2008

The Frantics - Werewolf

Over the days leading up to Halloween I'm going to present some songs that will scare the pants off you. These will be essential tunes for your Halloween party, or just really good music to freak out trick or treaters.

Speaking of which, no Halloween party would be complete without the Frantics' brilliant instrumental "Werewolf." The Frantics hailed from Seattle and recorded for the Dolton label in 1959 and 1960. The spoken intro and sinister snarls truly take this song into rarified territory among werewolf songs, it's only competition being "Werewolves Of London" by Warren Zevon and "I Was A Teenage Werewolf" by The Cramps. The Cramps appropriated massive portions of this song for "Don't Eat Stuff Off The Sidewalk" (which by the way is good advice when you're out trick or treating, take it from the voice of experience).

Just keep telling yourself, "It's only a song, it's only a song..."


Joltin Joe Orsulak said...

And "Werewolf" by Michael Hurley, a remarkably empathetic folk song from the werewolf's perspective. Seriously.

Pete Bilderback said...

Hi Joe. I forgot about that one, and you're right.