It's Mini Moose's week. This month, she's getting spooky with seven of her favorite Halloween songs.
SONG OF THE monDAY
Dead Man's Party was released in 1985 for Oingo Boingo's album of the same name. The single was featured in the 1986 movie, Back to School, and the album cover is an homage to the Mexican festival, Day of the Dead. The lyrics reference The Bus-Conductor, a short story by E.F. Benson.
SONG OF THE tuesDAY
Werewolves of London was released as the first single from Warren Zevon’s third solo album, Excitable Boy (1978). What started as a joke between Zevon and Phil Everly, after Everly had seen the 1935 movie Werewolf of London, became a classic hit, peaking at No. 21 on Billboard Hot 100.
SONG OF THE wednesDAY
SONG OF THE thursDAY
Monster Mash was written by Bobby “Boris” Pickett. The single hit No. 1 on Billboard Hot 100 from Oct. 20 – 27 in 1962 and has since become a Halloween staple. Pickett imitates actor Boris Karloff, and the song was inspired by Alley Oop and the Mashed Potato dance craze.
SONG OF THE friDAY
The Purple People Eater was written and recorded by Sheb Wooley. Released in 1958, it reached the top spot on Billboard pop charts from June 9 - July 14. The Purple People Eater was inspired by a joke a child had told Wooley. The creature in the song isn't purple. It eats purple people.
SONG OF THE saturDAY
I Put a Spell On You was written and originally recorded in 1956 by Jalacy "Screamin' Jay" Hawkins. Intended as a love song, producers got Hawkins drunk before recording and ended up with something else entirely. Nina Simone covered the song on her 1965 album, I Put a Spell On You.
SONG OF THE sunDAY
Time of the Season is from the Zombies from their 1968 album, Odessey and Oracle. Written by keyboardist Rod Argent and recorded at Abbey Road Studios, the song was a late bloomer on the charts, finally hitting No. 3 on Billboard Hot 100 in late 1969, a full year after the band had broke up.